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30 May 4:26 pm

Josh Williams, Justin Meram, Ethan Finlay, Chad Marshall and Eric Gehrig caught some of the First Round action at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Thursday. Along with Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk, the players took part in a short Q&A with 610 WTVN and FOX Sports Ohio personality Dave Maetzold before heading to the Nationwide Digital House to shoot a video with our friend Ashleigh Ignelzi.

After the players' media duties were through, they were able to take in some of the tournament play. For some of the players, it was a nice change of pace to be a spectator at a sporting event for once.

"It's unique," Gehrig said. "Golfers carry such an aura about them. It's such a hard sport and there's only a select few who can do it so well. You can't really replace the feeling or the environment of seeing it in real life. It's pretty cool.

"I encourage anyone who hasn't been to a PGA Tour event to definitely get out to see one."

 

29 May 2:47 pm

In two heated contests last season, the Crew drew in both of its meetings with the Houston Dynamo in 2012. Before the Black & Gold kicks off the first of three matches with the Dynamo in 2013 on Saturday night, here is a look back at the home-and-home series from last season.

APRIL 21: Crew 2 - Dynamo 2

On a chilly April night, Eddie Gaven netted his first brace for the Black & Gold as Aaron Schoenfeld recorded his first-career assist. The Crew's effort wasn't enough for the win however as Will Bruin tallied and found Brian Ching unmarked in front of net for the 81st-minute equalizer. Andy Gruenebaum made six saves in the draw, including an acrobatic stop from a long-distance laser from Ching's right foot.

AUGUST 19: Dynamo 2 - Crew 2

The Dynamo's Brad Davis and the Black & Gold's Cole Grossman traded first-half goals as Federico Higuaín made his MLS debut as a halftime substitute. The Argentine playmaker made an immediate impact, lobbing a 35-yard pass to find a streaking Eddie Gaven downfield to put the Crew ahead 2-1. But it was a late goal from a familiar face that left the Black & Gold with just a point to take from its first visit to BBVA Compass Stadium as former Crew midfielder Adam Moffat pounded a long-distance shot off the hands of Andy Gruenebaum and past the goal line.

29 May 11:30 am

The Crew made little movement in Power Rankings around the country this week despite a road draw against the first-place New York Red Bulls on Sunday. The Black & Gold's highest placing is 11th in MLSSoccer.com and ProSoccerTalk's rankings.

Here is where the Crew falls in Power Rankings after Week 13:

MLSSoccer.com: 11th (12th)

ESPNFC: 12th (12th)

Sports Illustrated: 12th (12th)

ProSoccerTalk: 11th (12th)

Last week's ranking in parentheses.

28 May 12:13 pm

As the Black & Gold prepare to face Dayton Dutch Lions FC in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday at Crew Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / TheCrew.com), here are a few things to know about the Crew's Buckeye State rival.

Origin: Dutch Lions FC was established in 2009 in an effort to bring the famous Dutch youth academy system to the United States. The club's core vision reads: "Dutch Lions FC wants to be a leading institute in the USA for developing professional soccer players. It brings an attractive, dominating style of professional soccer – based on the Dutch philosophy – to the community." The Dutch Lions' USL PRO team began play in the 2010 season coached by former Dutch National Team mainstay Sonny Silooy.

FC Twente: Dutch Lions FC was formed in partnership with FC Twente of the Eredivisie to bring the Dutch youth development model to the United States. FC Twente has boasted players such as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Blaise Nkufo, Oguchi Onyewu and Bryan Ruiz in recent years.

Home Stadium: The USL PRO side currently plays its home matches at the Beavercreek High School football stadium.

Coach: Dayton is coached by Dutchman Patrick Bal, in his first season as Head Coach. Bal previously coached in the youth system of Almere City FC in Holland.

Past History: Aside from scrimmages, the Crew and Dutch Lions FC have only met once: underdog Dayton beat the Black & Gold in the Third Round of last year's Open Cup, 2-1.

24 May 9:39 am

On May 24, 2000, Crew Stadium hosted its first-ever international friendly as the Black & Gold took down Bundesliga side Hamburg SV, 4-1. The Crew has hosted clubs from leagues all over the world including the Barclays Premier League, Liga MX and the Argentine Primera División in its 18-year history.

As the summer approaches, which league from around the world would you like to see the Crew take on in an international friendly?

22 May 2:30 pm

It seems 12th place is the consensus of where the Crew belongs in various media outlets' Power Rankings this week. The Black & Gold moved up in MLSSoccer.com and ProSoccerTalk's rankings, but somehow dropped a spot in Sports Illustrated's table after beating Toronto FC over the weekend.

Here is where the Crew falls in five Power Rankings:

MLSSoccer.com: 12th (13th)

ESPNFC: 12th (12th)

Sports Illustrated: 12th (11th)

ProSoccerTalk: 12th (14th)

Soccer By Ives: 12th (13th)

Last week's ranking in parentheses.

22 May 9:48 am

Crew playmaker Federico Higuaín was named to MLSSoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 12 after supplying the game-winning assist to Dominic Oduro against Toronto FC on Saturday. The performance marks Higuaín's first Team of the Week honor this season, joining Josh Williams (Week 10), Jairo Arrieta (Week Nine) and Danny O'Rourke (Week Nine) to earn the accolade so far in 2013.

 

20 May 3:38 pm

MAY 4: Crew 0 - Red Bulls 1

Despite a dominant performance in front of the Crew Stadium faitfhul, the Black & Gold were unable to find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls back on May 4. Tim Cahill's 80th minute headed tally was the difference as the Aussie midfielder headed the rebound from an Andy Gruenebaum save over the head over the outstretched Crew 'keeper and into the net. The Crew limited superstar forward Thierry Henry's impact on the match as the Frenchman failed to register a single shot in the match.

Here is a look at how the lopsided stats failed to reflect the end result.

  CLB NY
GOALS 0 1
SHOTS 15 7
SHOTS ON GOAL 6 3
CORNER KICKS 5 4
TOTAL PASSES (PCT. COMPLETE) 400 (75%) 359 (70%)
POSSESSION 51.8% 48.2%

 

16 May 3:23 pm

In case you missed, Tuesday night served as a talent show of sorts for Crew players on Twitter. First, following a long day of band practice, the @YellowSwagBand handle was launched to start promoting Sloan and the Keepers, a band made up of guitar players and karaoke all-stars Shawn Sloan, Daniel Withrow and Andy Gruenebaum. The band later tweeted the video for their first song, a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" dedicated to defender Tyson Wahl (above).

Wahl's thoughts on being the muse for the band's tune?

"First of all, I was shocked that they even thought of me," the defender said. "When writing a song, to spontaneously think of me out of everyone else is flattering. It was kind of stupid and funny at the same time. I thought it was hilarious."

The band is profiled in this week's Columbus Alive!, available for FREE at various locations around the city.

 

If you prefer Hell's Kitchen to American Idol, Ethan Finlay and Ryan Finley later took to the social media website to showcase their cooking skills and debate who the really deserves the title of "Chef Fin."

 

 

16 May 11:21 am

It will surely be a bittersweet moment for new Toronto FC Assistant Coach Duncan Oughton as he prepares to face the club he spent 12 years with in his first match on Ryan Nelsen's staff. But Oughton isn't the first former Crew player to venture into coaching. After all, the Black & Gold's technical staff boasts four former Crew players.

Other former players have even earned some silverware as coaches. Todd Yeagley and Brian Maisonneuve recently won their first NCAA Championship while coaching at Indiana University, while Ezra Hendrickson has claimed three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups while on Sigi Schmid's staff in Seattle. In his second season as Head Coach of Lanús in Argentina, Guillermo Barros Schelotto could be on his way to hardware as his club currently sits in second place of the Argentine Primera División.

Here's a full list of former Crew players in the coaching ranks:

Columbus Crew

Robert Warzycha, Head Coach
Brian Bliss, Technical Director/U.S. U-20 Assistant Coach
Mike Lapper, Assistant Coach
Ricardo Iribarren, Assistant Coach
Billy Thompson, Crew Soccer Academy Director of Coaching 

Toronto FC

Duncan Oughton, Assistant Coach

Seattle Sounders FC

Ezra Hendrickson, Assistant Coach

New York Red Bulls

Robin Fraser, Assistant Coach
John Wolyniec, Reserve Team Coach/Player Development Coordinator

LA Galaxy

Pat Noonan, Assistant Coach 

Real Salt Lake

Andy Williams, Head Scout

 

Lanús (Argentine Primera)

Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Head Coach  

Kaizer Chiefs (South African Premier League)

Doctor Khumalo, Youth Development Coach 

Indiana University

Todd Yeagley, Head Coach
Brian Maisonneuve, Assistant Coach

Penn State University

Bo Oshoniyi, Assistant Coach

University of New Mexico

Brandon Moss, Assistant Coach

Cornerstone University

Steven Herdsman, Assistant Coach

 

 

 

Photo Credits: USA Today Sports Images, Getty Images, IUHoosiers.com, Seattle Sounders FC