CHRIS BIRCHALL chose the perfect moment to register his first goal for Columbus Crew ahead of a meeting with his good friend Andy Wilkinson.
The former Port Vale midfielder, who joined the Crew from LA Galaxy ahead of the current MLS campaign, struck a second half winner against long time rivals DC United to end a run of three defeats in four matches in the Eastern Conference.
The result on Saturday means that Columbus are currently lying in sixth position in the Eastern Conference with 18 matches gone so far.
COLUMBUS CREW were one of the founder members of Major League Soccer and they are classed as one of the ten charter clubs since its inception.
The club was owned by Lamar Hunt, who also had a stake in the Kansas City Chiefs who later became known as the Wizards and now Sporting Kansas City.
When he died in 2006, his son Clark took over his sporting properties and he remains the current owner at the Columbus Crew Stadium.
COLUMBUS CREW'S most notable export to English football was undoubtedly a fellow countryman of Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones.
Stern John rose to prominence by scoring 52 goals in 65 games for the Crew and that led to a £1.8 million move to Nottingham Forest.
John had a successful time with Forest after adjusting to the English game and then had spells in the Midlands with Birmingham, Coventry and Derby.
At one point, he featured in the exchange transfer that took Jones from Southampton to Sunderland by moving in the opposite direction.
After further spells at the Stadium of Light and St Marys, as well as Crystal Palace and Ipswich, he went to play for North East Stars in Trinidad.
John also had a formidable record at international level where he scored 70 goals in 114 appearances for his country.
Home of the Crew
THE COLUMBUS Crew Stadium became the first soccer-specific stadium in the MLS franchise when it was completed in 2008.
The Crew had previously operated out of the Ohio Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University prior to their move there.
The new stadium has a seating capacity of 20,145.
THERE IS a familiar face acting as Head Coach of the Crew, the former Everton star Robert Warzycha.
The Polish international midfielder spent three years at Goodison Park between 1991 and 1994 after catching the eye for his country.
Warzycha joined the Crew for the inaugural season of the MLS in 1996 and had six productive years as a player with the club.
He then operated as assistant coach for a spell at the end of his playing career before taking up the offer to become Head Coach in 2009.
COLUMBUS CREW'S one major success came when they lifted the MLS Cup four years ago.
They have also lifted other trophies, the Supporters' Shield in 2004, 2008 and 2009, as well as the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in 2002.
They finished fourth in the Eastern Conference in 2011, which was ninth overall in the MLS.
Colours And Badge
YELLOW is the predominant colour of Columbus Crew's home kit but this is usually accompanied by black as the other main feature.
The club's badge is unique in the MLS in that it has three silhouetted males wearing construction hats to symbolise the hardworking image of the city.