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21 November 11:41 am

NBC4's Monica Day visited the Crew's training ground in Obetz recently to find out how the Black & Gold are raising awareness for men's health issues through the Movember campaign. The package was featured on the station's morning show on Tuesday.

For more information, visit the Crew's Movember page.

20 November 11:52 am

The Crew Soccer Academy U-16 and U-18 squads were idle this week. After 12 matches, the U-16s sit in fifth place in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Central Conference Mid-America Division with 18 points. The CSA Wolves lead the division on 31 points. In the U-18 age group, CSA is in eighth place on the table with 16 points and the CSA Wolves are in sixth place with 20 points.

The Pre-Academy 16s & 18s and the Gold 16s, 17s, 18s Boys teams started their seasons at the CASL College Showcase in Raleigh, North Carolina this past weekend. This is one of the top events and College Showcases in the country with over 300 college coaches attending. The event was a great start to the season and a success overall for the teams providing good competition, college recruiting exposure and professional expectations.

Ben Swanson, CSA Wolves product Ahinga Selemani, Carter Richardson and the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team will host Brazil, Turkey, and Portugal November 28 - December 4 in Florida. The friendlies take place during U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, which CSA will be attending.

Selemani, a striker, committed to play his college career at Michigan State on Wednesday night.

In the college ranks, the NCAA Tournament began on Thursday and resumed through the weekend. Here is how all the CSA alumni and their teams fared:

(Seeded teams receive First Round bye)

No. 5 AKRON -- Chad Barson, Wil Trapp, Eric Stevenson, Tommy Schmitt, Andrew Souders, Alex Ranalli (DNP), Andrian MacAdams (DNP):

                            2-1 W vs. Michigan in NCAA Second Round, Goalscorers: Stevenson, Schmitt

SOUTH FLORIDA -- Eric Osswald: 0-0 (3-2 PK) W DNP vs. FGCU in First Round

                                                         1-0 L DNP vs. Tulsa in Second Round

No. 10 LOUISVILLE -- Alex Obbey: 5-0 W vs. Winthrop in Second Round

No. 15 WAKE FOREST -- Andy Lubahn: 2-1 L DNP vs. Coastal Carolina in Second Round

No. 1 NOTRE DAME -- Connor Klekota: 3-0 W DNP vs. Michigan State in Second Round

No. 3 GEORGETOWN -- David Witkoff: 1-0 W DNP vs. Charlotte in Second Round

XAVIER -- Matt Walker, Will Walker, Rhodes Moore, Nick Hagglund: 1-0 W vs. Kentucky in First Round, Goalscorer: Spencer (W. Walker)

                                                                                                              4-1 L vs. No. 16 Indiana, Goalscorer: M. Walker (Spencer)

BOSTON COLLEGE -- Justin Luthy: 1-0 L vs. Northeastern, 6 saves in First Round

No. 6 UCLA -- Matt Wiet 5-2 L DNP vs. San Diego in Second Round

MESSIAH (DIII) -- Luke Helmuth, Jack Thompson and Logan Thompson: 2-2 (4-2 PK) W vs. York in Sweet Sixteen

                                                                                                                     3-0 W vs. Scranton in Elite Eight

OHIO NORTHERN (DIII) -- Ryan Sabol and Austin Windsor: 4-1 W vs. Susquehanna in Sweet Sixteen

                                                                                                 2-1 W vs. Montclair St. in Elite Eight

MESSIAH WOMEN (DIII) -- Mackenzie Clapper: 5-0 W vs. MIT in Sweet Sixteen

                                                                              3-0 W vs. Johns Hopkins in Elite Eight

20 November 10:15 am

The Crew family welcomed its newest addition on Monday at 11:43 a.m. with the birth of Hudson Richard Ansley, the son of TheCrew.com Editor T.J. Ansley and his wife Kelly. Little Hudson weighed-in at 5 lbs., 15 oz. and measured at 19.25 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well, while T.J. claimed to be hungry.

Hudson has already been given plenty of Crew-related gear, including this custom "Hudson Street Ansley" onesie in case he decides to join the Hudson Street Hooligans in his future.

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15 November 9:30 am

You never know what you will find on YouTube. For example, this compilation of footage from 10TV's Wall-to-Wall Sports in 1996.

Enjoy this blast from the past.

13 November 11:09 am

After electrifying the Crew attack with nine goals and four assists in the second half of the 2012 season, striker Jairo Arrieta is happy to be in Costa Rica camp once again. Arrieta hopes he can impress Costa Rican head coach Jorge Luis Pinto to earn another call-up for the upcoming CONCAF Hexagonal round of 2014 World Cup Qualifying. The 28-year-old forward spoke to the Costa Rican media on Sunday ahead of La Sele's friendly against Bolivia on Wednesday (translated):

“You have to take advantage of the opportunities, the effort and work I put in with the Columbus Crew has been rewarded with a call-up. I have to work hard, just like I am used to with my team... So I will try to take advantage of the opportunity to earn a spot and be here for the [World Cup] qualifier. If I get to play in Bolivia, I hope to score and do well to remain in the National Team Player Pool.”

The Ticos kickoff against Bolivia at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday from the Estadio Hernando Stiles in Santa Cruz.

 

 

13 November 10:47 am

The Crew Soccer Academy made the 16-hour trek to Minnesota over the weekend to face the Minnesota Thunder and Shattuck St. Mary's. Both the U-16 and U-18 squads prevailed over the Thunder. The U-18s set the tone on Saturday with a 3-1 win following goals from Nicolas Russo, Daniel Allen and Andrew McKelvey. The U-16 side followed suit, beating the Thunder 3-2 behind goals from Silankonet Bayo, George Braima and William Bayemi.

On Sunday, the Academy wasn't as fortunate as both teams fell to Shattuck St. Mary's. A brace from Noah Hutchins and another goal from Georges Daoud weren't enough as the U-16 squad lost a 4-3 heartbreaker. The 18s were shutout in a 3-0 defeat.

U.S. Soccer announced its plans for the 10th anniversary of the Nike International Friendlies last week. Ben Swanson, Carter Richardson and the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team will host Brazil, Turkey, and Portugal November 28 - December 4 in Florida. The friendlies take place during U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, which CSA will be attending.

The regular season in college soccer wrapped-up last week, followed by Monday's NCAA Tournament selection. Here is how a few Crew Youth alumni fared in their conference championships and where they will be playing in the tournament:

Akron Zips (17-1-2) This Week: 2-0 W vs. Bowling Green, 2-0 W vs. Northern Illinois -- WON MAC CHAMPIONSHIP

The top-ranked Zips set a new NCAA record by extending their conference unbeaten run to 47 matches while also securing Akron's ninth MAC Championship over the weekend. On Friday, CSA product Wil Trapp opened the scoring against in-state rival Bowling Green with a strike from distance. Less than two minutes later, fellow Crew Youth alum Thomas Schmitt tallied to put the Zips up 2-0 over the Falcons. In the MAC Championship game against Northern Illinois on Sunday, Eric Stevenson helped set-up Saad Abdul-Salaam's opening goal while Chad Barson and Andrew Souders anchored the back line to its 16th shutout of the season. The Zips recieved the fifth overall seed in Monday's NCAA tournament drawing and will face the winner of Niagara and Michigan on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

 

Xavier Musketeers (13-2-5) This Week: 1-1 (3-2 PK) W vs. Dayton, 1-0 L vs. Saint Louis

Matt Walker supplied the lone goal in the Musketeers' 1-1 penalty shootout win against Dayton in their first match of the Atlantic-10 Tournament before Xavier was knocked out of the tourney by Saint Louis on Friday. Additionally, CSA product Nick Hagglund was named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year. Xavier kicks off NCAA Tournament play against Kentucky on Thursday and will play Indiana on Sunday if they advance.

Boston College Golden Eagles (8-5-5) This Week: 0-0 (3-1) L at Clemson

Holding Clemson scoreless for 120 minutes on Tuesday wasn't enough for senior goalkeeper Justin Luthy and the 24th-ranked Golden Eagles as Boston College was ousted from the ACC Tournament. Luthy and the Golden Eagles face crosstown rival Northeastern on Thursday and will play UConn if they win.

UCLA Bruins (13-2-3) This Week: 2-1 W vs. San Diego State WON PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP

Matt Wiet helped the Bruins claim their fourth PAC-12 title in five years with Friday's 2-1 victory against San Diego State. The PAC-12 Champions received the sixth-overall seed and will play the winner of San Diego vs. Cal State Northridge on Sunday.

Other Crew Youth alumni playing in the tournament include:

Eric Osswald -- South Florida (vs. Florida Gulf Coast - Thursday, 7:00 p.m.)
Alex Obbey -- Louisville (vs. SMU/Winthrop - Sunday, 7:00 p.m.)
Andy Lubahn -- Wake Forest (vs. Elon/Coastal Carolina - Sunday, 5:00 p.m.)
Connor Klekota -- Notre Dame (vs. Cleveland St./Michigan St. - Sunday, 7:00 p.m.)
David Witkoff -- Georgetown (vs. UAB/Charlotte - Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
Luke Helmuth,
Jack Thompson and Logan Thompson -- Messiah (DIII) – Sweet 16
Ryan Sabol
and Austin Windsor -- Ohio Northern (DIII) – Sweet 16
Mackenzie Clapper -- Messiah (DIII Women)

09 November 11:04 am

The 2012 OHSAA State Finals kick off Friday at Crew Stadium when Ontario faces Middletown Bishop Fenwick in the Division III Girls' Final at noon, followed by the Division II Final between Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit and then Columbus St. Francis De Sales. Perrysburg vs. Mason at 7:00 p.m. in the Girls' Division I State Final will round out Friday's action.

On Saturday, the boys finalists will take the field. Gates Mills Hawken squares off against Cincinnati Summit Country Day at noon in the Division III Final. Crew forward Ben Speas' alma mater Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy will look to win its fourth State Championship at 3:30 p.m. as it takes on Dayton Carroll in the Division II Final. Sylvania Southview against Powell Olentangy Liberty closes out the action in the Division I Final at 7:00 p.m.

Before winning back-to-back NCAA Championships at Indiana, two Supporters Shields and an MLS Cup with the Crew, Danny O'Rourke captained Worthington Kilbourne to the 2000 Divsion I state title at Crew Stadium. O'Rourke can relate to the excitement each of the players are going through ahead this weekend's action.

"To this day, I still remember the build-up to that game and being really excited," the midfielder explained. "Not only just to play in the State Final, but where it was held and being in the locker room, stepping on the field and holding up the trophy at the end."

Admission to this weekend's matches is  $8 per game. The stadium will not be emptied after each game and re-entry will not be permitted. Parking for the event is set at $5.

08 November 2:31 pm

When Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy toppled Bay Village Bay 3-0 Wednesday night in the OHSAA DII Boys' Soccer State Semifinal, CVCA alum and Crew forward Ben Speas took to Twitter to express his excitement to see the Royals clinch a berth in the Final on Saturday at Crew Stadium.

 

Speas, a 2009 graduate and member of CVCA's 2007 DII State Champion squad, is looking forward to gathering with fellow alumni to cheer on the Royals in their quest for a fourth state championship.

"It's a great program," Speas said Thursday. "I loved my time there. I'm going to be there supporting them for sure.There will be a lot of alumni there. A ton of my friends and everyone will be there. It's really exciting. Hopefully, we'll get our fourth state championship."

CVCA squares off against Dayton Carroll at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon as part of a tripleheader of all three divisons of boys' State Finals. On Friday, Crew Stadium will host all three girls' State Final matches.

08 November 9:47 am

 

This week's Throwback Thursday comes from the 1996 Tampa Bay Mutiny media guide. Crew legend and Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk was an integral part of the Mutiny's Supporters Shield victory in Major League Soccer's inaugural season. As you can see by the photo above Hejduk hasn't seemed to age in the past 16 years.

Perhaps the most entertaining part of Hejduk's bio page is the "Rongen Says" section in which then-Mutiny Head Coach Thomas Rongen describes each of his players:

"Frankie is a young player who has already distinguished himself at the International level while playing for the U.S. Olympic team. He is one of those players that MLS is actively seeking. He should be a star in the future."

Well put, TR. Well put.

The only thing questionable in Hejduk's personal information on his bio page is "favorite actor is Nicolas Cage."

05 November 4:29 pm

The Crew Soccer Academy hosted Vardar SC Freiburg from Michigan at Crew Stadium over the weekend. The U-16 squad was defeated 2-1 with Nathan Kohl scoring the Black & Gold's lone goal. The CSA U-18s drew Vardar 1-1 in the nightcap, striker William Bayemi supplied the goal. The tally was Bayemi's sixth of the season

The U-16 team currently sits in sixth place in the Mid-America Division of the Central Conference, while the U-18s stand in fourth place after securing 21 points from its first nine games. Next weekend, CSA will travel north to Minnesota to face the Shattuck-Saint Mary's Soccer Academy and the Minnesota Thunder.

On the college front, several Crew Youth alumni were in action this weekend to close out the regular season in NCAA Division I:

Akron Zips (15-1-2) This Week: 1-0 W at Michigan State, 1-0 W vs. Western Michigan

With a pair of 1-0 results last week, Akron finishes the regular season as the top-ranked team in the nation. Chad Barson, Wil Trapp, Andrew Souders, Eric Stevenson and Thomas Schmitt will look to lead the Zips to a conference title as they host the MAC Tournament this upcoming weekend.

Xavier Musketeers (13-1-4) This Week: 6-0 W vs. Rhode Island, 5-0 W vs. Massachusetts

Matt and Will Walker each recorded two goals and an assist in Friday's night's 6-0 drubbing of Rhode Island in Cincinnati. Freshman Rhodes Moore also chipped in an assist in the win. On Sunday, the Musketeers continued their fine form, beating UMass 5-0. Will Walker and Nick Hagglund each contributed an assist to help Xavier to its highest win total in program history.

UCLA Bruins (12-2-3) This Week: 2-1 W vs. Stanford, 1-1 D vs. California

Matt Wiet helped the fourth-ranked Bruins to a pair of overtime results this week. UCLA beat Stanford in two overtime periods on Friday night. However, 120 minutes was not enough on Sunday as the Bruins drew the California Golden Bears 1-1 in Westwood. UCLA closes out its regular season on Friday against San Diego State.

 

Photo courtesy of Xavier Athletics.