Crew Soccer Academy products Alex Crognale (Maryland) and Connor Klekota (Notre Dame) squared-off on December 15 with the Fighting Irish taking home the title. Crew Soccer Academy had players in previous finals in 2009 (Chad Barson, Ben Speas on Akron ), 2010 (Chad Barson and Ben Speas on Akron) and 2011 (Ben Speas on UNC).
A week after winning the 2013 College Cup with Notre Dame, TheCrew.com's Cody Sharrett caught up with Klekota to chat about about his progression through his college career.
The U.S. Men's National Team's fourth-straight 2-0 victory over Mexico in World Cup Qualifying at Crew Stadium on September 10 made Sports Illustrated's top 113 sports moments of 2013, coming in at number 65 on the list. Other soccer stories included in the magazine's year-end list include Raul Jimenez's bicycle-kick winner against Panama, Luis Suarez's biting of Branislav Ivanovic, Bayern Munich's UEFA Champions League title, the Snowclasico in Colorado between the U.S. and Costa Rica in 2014 World Cup Qualifying, Graham Zusi's late winner in Panama for the U.S. and Brazil's 3-0 rout of Spain in the Confederations Cup.
For a complete rundown of Dos a Cero 2013, visit This is Dos a Cero.
Crew Soccer Academy products Alex Crognale (Maryland) and Connor Klekota (Notre Dame) will play for an NCAA Championship this weekend at the 2013 College Cup at PPL Park in Chester, Penn. Klekota and the Fighting Irish face the New Mexico Lobos in the first Semifinal match, while Crognale and the Terrapins square-off against ACC rival Virginia afterward. The two Academy products could meet in the Final on Sunday.
COLLEGE CUP SCHEDULE
Friday, December 13
(3) Notre Dame vs. (7) New Mexico - 5:00 p.m. ET
(5) Maryland vs. (8) Virginia - 7:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, December 15
National Championship Final - 3:00 p.m. ET
*All matches on ESPNU
The Houston Dynamo announced Thursday that the Crew's Danny O'Rourke and Frankie Hejduk have been added to the star-studded list of players that will be attending in The Brian Ching Testimonial Match at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on December 13. Other stars that will be sending Ching off in style include Landon Donovan, Dwayne de Rosario, Chris Wondolowski and Jimmy Conrad.
As a rookie, O'Rourke played alongside Ching with the San Jose Earthquakes during the 2005 season before the first MLS incarnation of the 'Quakes moved to Houston in 2006. Hejduk and Ching represented the United States on several occassions together, including the 2009 edition of "Dos a Cero" against Mexico at Crew Stadium.
Ching's testimonial will benefit the Dynamo legend's charitable initiative, The House That Ching Built, and Habitat for Humanity.
Though MLS Cup has yet to be played for, the silly season of trade rumors has already begun. According to a report from Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl on Wednesday, Seattle Sounders FC is shopping U.S. Men's National Team forward Eddie Johnson. Since returning to MLS following a three-year stint in Europe, the 29-year-old Johnson scored 14 goals in 2012 and nine in 2013 and has seen a resurgence in his international career under Jürgen Klinsmann.
However, Johnson has shown he's not pleased with his salary situation, as evidenced by his "pay me" celebration following his game-winning goal against the Crew on August 31 in Columbus.
Would Johnson be a good fit for the Black & Gold? Like Dominic Oduro, Johnson can play either up top or on the wing to stretch defenses with his speed. Johnson will likely require a high price tag upon departing Seattle, probably more than the Crew would be willing to spend if new Sporting Director Gregg Berhalter hopes to retain Oduro, who is coming off a career year with the Black & Gold after scoring 13 goals.
Johnson scored at Crew Stadium twice in 2013, both with the Sounders and the U.S. National Team, and the charismatic forward has been complimentary of Columbus in the past.
What do you think, Crew fans? Despite the salary cap hurdles. do you want to see Johnson in Black & Gold next season? Comment below.
On Veterans Day, the Crew and its players took to Twitter to honor the sacrifice of those serving in the United States military.
— Columbus Crew (@ColumbusCrew) November 11, 2013
Happy Veterans Day to all the men and women who served our great country & ones who presently defend our freedom each day. #truesacrifice
— Ethan Finlay (@EthanFinlay13) November 11, 2013
Forever grateful and many thanks to our veterans. Can't be stressed enough. ❤
— Eric Gehrig (@eGehrig16) November 11, 2013
Happy Veterans Day! Thanks too all the people who risk their lives for our freedom! #Respect
— Kyle Hyland (@KyleHyland31) November 11, 2013
Voting for the 2013 Latino del Año award began Monday on MLSSoccer.com. The Crew's Federico Higuaín and Jairo Arrieta are each up for the award this year. Higuaín is placed alongside the New England Revolution's Juan Agudelo, Portland Timbers' Diego Chará and Real Salt Lake's Joao Plata in Group B. Arrieta competes in Group E against Real Salt Lake playmaker Javier Morales, FC Dallas striker Blas Pérez and LA Galaxy midfielder Junhinho.
Voting for in the Group Stage of the annual competition through Wednesday, November 6.
Dominic Oduro's left-footed volley against the Montreal Impact on April 14 has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Year. Among the first groups unveiled, Oduro's strike has been placed in Group C against Vancouver Whitecaps FC's Diago Kobayashi, Real Salt Lake's Yordany Alvarez and LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan.
Voting for Groups A-D is open until 11:59 pm PT, Thursday, October 31.