Columbus and New York City try to overcome distractions as they jockey for playoff positioning on the final day of the MLS season Sunday.
The Crew (16-12-5) has the most daunting task. They have secured a postseason berth and can finish no worse than fifth in the Eastern Conference, but they could climb to second and earn one of the first-round byes that go to the top two teams.
However, that scenario has taken a backseat to the bombshell announcement Tuesday by owner Anthony Precourt that he is considering moving the franchise to Austin, Texas, for the 2019 season if a new stadium is not built in Columbus.
The players were caught off guard but Crew captain Wil Trapp, a native of the Columbus suburb of Gahanna, said the focus remains on NYC.
"I'm going to try to get my guys ready to play on Sunday and be as professional as possible," he said. >> Read more
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