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Ginther: 'Columbus Crew SC is part of who we are' and we'll fight for them

Mayor Andrew Ginther will head to New York to meet Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garner and Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt. (WSYX/WTTE){ }

Mayor Andrew Ginther will head to New York to meet Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garner and Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt on Wednesday.

Ginther said he wants to make sure they understand the Crew has a proud history, present and future in Columbus. "We are one of the founding members of the MLS, the first soccer designed stadium in all of America , we have a great fan base here in and the Columbus Crew is part of who we are," said Ginther.

"So we are going to go to New York and lay out our case and fight for our Crew and fight for our community. It's our goal to continue to make the case that the Crew belongs here and is going to have a great future in Columbus," said Ginther who is expected to travel with Columbus Partnership CEO Alex Fisher.

Negotiations are taking places as the Crew gets ready for the MLS playoffs. The Crew plays Toronto FC in the first leg of the finals November 21.

"We are going to talk about everything on the table. We want to hear from them what they need to make sure the Crew is successful here in the future and we are going to be all ears do everything to keep them here," said Ginther.

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