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Columbus Crew Announces Pair of International Call-Ups

January 25, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Columbus Crew SC News Release


COLUMBUS - Columbus Crew today announced that defender Milos Degenek (Australia) and forward Gyasi Zardes (United States) have earned international call-ups for their respective national teams ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Degenek [pronounced: ME-lowsh DEGG-uh-nick] is currently with the Australia National Team ahead of a home match against Vietnam at AAMI Park in Melbourne (January 27) and a road contest against Oman at Sultan Aqboos Sports Complex in Bowsher, Oman (February 1). Australia currently sits in third place in Group B of AFC's FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, behind only Saudi Arabia (16 points) and Japan (12 points). The top two teams in the group will secure an automatic berth in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The 27-year-old recently signed by the Crew has earned 33 caps for the Socceroos while scoring one goal. The defender most recently featured for Australia in a World Cup Qualifier against China in 2021 (November 16).

Zardes has been selected for the U.S. Men's National Team's roster ahead three upcoming matches, including a home qualifier against El Salvador, set to be hosted at Lower.com Field, Columbus Crew's dynamic home in Astor Park (January 27). The U.S. also has a road contest against Canada at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario (January 30) and a home match against Honduras at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota (February 2). The United States (15 points) currently sits second in the Third Round of Concacaf FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, behind only Canada (16 points). The top three teams in the table are set to automatically qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Zardes has earned 66 caps for the Stars and Stripes while tallying 14 goals and 10 assists. Zardes' most recent cap came on in an international friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina last year (December 18).

The Black & Gold are set to open the 2022 MLS season by hosting Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Lower.com Field in Opening Match on Saturday, February 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Following the home opener, the Crew hits the road and travels to face the San Jose Earthquakes at PayPal Park on March 5 for the first away match of the season. The Crew's full schedule for the 2022 MLS regular season can be found at ColumbusCrew.com.

The 2022 season will be the Black & Gold's 27th in MLS and the first full season at Lower.com Field, located in Astor Park. Fans looking to experience Crew matches have several options to save money, while getting the best seats for marquee matches. Season Ticket Memberships include benefits such as private, member-only events; a 10 percent discount at the Crew Shop; monthly, interest-free payment plans; the ability to purchase discounted parking; pre-sale access to all events at Lower.com Field, Historic Crew Stadium and FirstEnergy Stadium; and a dedicated account manager and service representative.

Fans can also choose between various packages that offer great benefits and ticket discounts, including Nine-Match Ticket Plans, Five-Match Ticket Plans, and Group Ticket Plans which are on sale now. Fans can additionally purchase single-match tickets, which are now available.

Supporters interested in securing their seat for the 2022 season can call 614-447-2739, visit columbuscrew.com/tickets or email seasontickets@columbuscrew.com to get connected with a Ticket Sales Representative.


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