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An Ohio lawmaker is invoking former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell is his efforts to keep the Columbus Crew SC from leaving the city.

Columbus Crew's Artur (right) and Toronto FC's Tosaint Ricketts chase a loose ball during the an MLS Eastern Conference championship soccer match Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.
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The Columbus Crew SC's playoff run that came amid a backdrop of a potential move to Austin, Texas, is over.

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The Columbus Crew return to the pitch inside MAPFRE Stadium on Tuesday evening as they start the Eastern Conference Finals against Toronto FC.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is unveiling a financing package to help FC Cincinnati build a soccer-specific stadium in Oakley.

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Going into a meeting with Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt and Major League Soccer officials, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said city officials were "resolved to do our part" to keep the soccer club from moving to Austin, Texas.

They left that meeting not nearly as optimistic.

FC Cincinnati isn't quite ready to announce a location for its planned soccer stadium or a financing plan. General Manager Jeff Berding says he wants to have something for the public to look at next week. Major League Soccer plans to announce two expansion teams in December.

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Columbus Partnership CEO Alex Fischer confirmed that he and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther will head to New York to meet Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber and Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt on November 15.

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Fans holding signs with slogans like "Save the Crew" packed into MAPFRE Stadium Tuesday night to cheer on the soccer club in the first home game since news about a potential move to Austin, Texas.

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The announcement of Columbus Crew SC’s possible move to Austin surprised both fans and city leaders. But it also surprised a San Antonio judge, who said his city was misled about the possibility of getting its own team.

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Columbus Crew SC making the Major League Soccer postseason is usually cause for celebration among Central Ohio soccer fans. Excitement this year, however, is watered down - to say the least - as the club's owner weighs a potential move to Austin, Texas.

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