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Columbus Crew SC is an American professional soccer club based in Columbus, Ohio. Team SC competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member club of the league’s Eastern Conference. Team SC started play in 1996 as one of the ten charter clubs of the league. The team is owned by Anthony Precourt and Precourt Sports Ventures LLC. Precourt became the second owner in the history of the club on July 30, 2013. The club’s head coach is Gregg Berhalter, a former player of the United States men’s national soccer team.

The franchise was founded in 1994 and originally called the Columbus Crew, without any markers of its membership as a soccer club, until late 2014, when the club exposed a new logo design and the addition of “SC” to its moniker. The “SC” in the team name means “Soccer Club”, but the team name is officially “Columbus Crew SC”.

The Crew currently plays its home games at MAPFRE Stadium (called Columbus Crew Stadium till 2015), the first soccer-specific arena ever developed for a MLS team, with a seating capability of 19,968 since the 2015 season. From 1996 to 1998, Crew SC played its home games at Ohio Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University. In 2014, the club’s 19th season at MAPFRE Stadium, the Black & Gold set club presence records for both most cumulative participation and most sellouts.

The Crew has actually won five significant trophies: MLS Cup 2008, the 2004, 2008, and 2009 Supporters’ Shields, and the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Black & Gold have qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League (or its predecessor, the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup) three times, reaching the quarterfinals each time.

The official colors of Columbus Crew SC are black and gold. Columbus’ typical main jersey is predominately brilliant yellow with black trim, and has actually been nicknamed the “banana set” or “canary package” by fans.

The alternate uniform has actually traditionally been black. In the latter part of the 2000s, The Crew started moving more towards a white uniform with yellow and black trim or stripes. Nevertheless, the away uniforms are hardly ever used by The Crew due to the strong favor shown to the traditional home uniform; as well as due to the fact that the historically black jerseys compound the summer season heat in the United States climate. For the 2015 season, Crew SC has gone back to a black jersey for its alternate uniform.

Prior to the initial MLS season a citywide public contest was developed to decide the name for the team, the very first entry was a hit, and the Columbus Crew was born.

The club badge from 1996 to 2014 was unique amongst MLS teams because it featured individuals, containing 3 silhouetted males using construction hats beneath a stylized “Crew” wordmark. The logo was intended to represent a team of hard working people, just like the hard-working, blue collar image the city of Columbus cultivates.

Pointing out a detach between exactly what the crest represented and the 21st-century identity of the city of Columbus, owner Anthony Precourt initiated a rebrand upon presuming ownership in 2013. Precourt said that Columbus was no longer a true blue collar town, which the industrial/manufacturing concept was not representative. In fact, Columbus had actually grown into a 21st-century city and end up being far more “dynamic and diverse.”

On October 8, 2014, the Crew unveiled a brand-new badge. The brand-new circular-shaped badge includes the club’s classic black and gold colors, a lessened initial crest with “96” overlaid on top, and the black and gold checkerboard pattern mainly seen on flags waving in the Nordecke. A lot of symbolism was loaded into the new badge. The horizontal stripes are representative of the 10 initial MLS franchises, and the guard is a homage to the club’s original badge with the 96 representing 1996– the club’s first year in competition. The inset “O” in the badge mimics the very same shape discovered in Ohio state flag, a nod to Columbus’s role as the state’s capital city. Lastly, as a substantial point of pride for the city of Columbus, “Columbus” was contributed to the new badge, in addition to “SC” to further define the brand more precisely as a soccer club.

The club’s label, the Crew, also progressed from its original meaning as a hard-working construction crew to a new, more pertinent one as “a tight-knit group of individuals who come together to share a passion for our club and the sport of soccer.” The label, Crew, is now meant to symbolize an unique brand name of family and friendship between the club, the fans and the communities who join to welcome and commemorate the credibility and heritage of the sport.

With the rebrand, the club also recognized three brand pillars: initial, energetic, and authentically Columbus, in an effort to commemorate its history as a team of firsts– first club in Major League Soccer, first soccer-specific stadium, first major professional championship for Columbus– its younger, passionate energy, along with Columbus’s young, progressive culture.