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Crew SC fans ask City Council for help to keep team

Crew SC fans went to a Columbus City Council meeting asking for help in keeping the team from leaving the city. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Crew SC fans went to a Columbus City Council meeting asking for help in keeping the team from leaving the city.

The franchise's future in Columbus has been in jeopardy since team owner Anthony Precourt announced his intention to move the team to Austin, Texas, if the soccer club did not get a new downtown stadium.

At Monday night’s meeting, the request from fans was simple.

"We ask for your help and your support to save the Crew,” said Morgan Hughes.

Hughes is one of the people who organized a “Save the Crew” rally outside City Hall Sunday. He explained he spoke before council hoping leaders can exercise their influence and access.

"We ask that the city help us in the arenas which we can't enter. The places we can't go, we ask them to be our partners and support this cause,” said Hughes.

City officials said the Mayor's office is leading the charge to save the team by working with the business community, Major League Soccer and Precourt.

Fan Donny Murray has been attending games since 1996 and explained love for the team goes beyond sports.

"It's really more about that community that's out there every week representing the team. Those people are my friends, my family, and that's something we don't want to lose out there,” said Murray.

Fans like Murray and Hughes said they plan to keep up the pressure to save the soccer club.

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