As part of MLS Supporters Week, former MLSers and Crew front office personnel Brian Bliss and Duncan Oughton took the time out of their Monday to choose their All-Time MLS Best XIs. Bliss took the time to list all the candidates he felt were qualified at each position and narrowed the list down one by one. Oughton went the extra mile and included a bench to his list.
Check it out:
Brian Bliss' All-Time MLS XI (3-5-2)
Duncan Oughton's All-Time MLS XI (3-5-2)
|DF||Ryan Nelsen (love for a fellow Kiwi)||Tim Howard|
|DF||Frankie Hejduk||Carlos Bocanegra|
|CDM||Peter Nowak||Chris Armas|
|LM||Mark Chung||Ross Paule|
|CM||Marco Etcheverry||Robert Warzycha (or I might lose my job!)|
|RM||Clint Dempsey||Stern John|
|CAM||Guillermo Barros Schelotto||Jeff Cunningham|
(Note: Oughton only chose ex-MLS players)
Check back TheCrew.com throughout the week for more Crew personalities' All-Time MLS Best XIs.
With FC Dallas pressuring for a late equalizer, Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum showed off his foot skills, juking Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobsen. Here's what the Hammer had to say after the match about his shake-and-bake:
"Honestly, I know everyone was a little bit nervous, but I think all the guys will back me up on this: I probably have one of the better touches on the team. It shows in 5v2 every day and I'm confident. I didn't get the look I wanted. I was trying to play Gehrig. I was trying to tell Gehrig to show in the middle because there was space and he didn't. By the time I had to make a decision, the guy was on me, so I just juked him. I promise that's the last time that will happen--"
"Yeah… Yeah, it will be," interjected Danny O' Rourke.
"...Unless it happens again," Gruenebaum finished.
I think it's safe to say that despite Gruenebaum's prowess with the ball at his feet, Robert Warzycha won't be putting him at forward any time soon.
FOX Sports Ohio's Duncan Oughton previews the Pioneer Cup:
While interviewing Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum for today's feature on Eric Gehrig and Josh Williams, the Hebrew Hammer offered up his assessment of the evolution of Gehrig and Williams' game based on their hairstyles.
Check it out:
Earlier this week, current and former Crew players and staff ruled that Eddie Gaven has a better beard than former Crew midfielder Adam Moffat in Steve Sirk's The Massive Court.
Now Eddie will challege Portland's Timber Joey in a facial hair faceoff, but this time the fans will have their say. So we ask, "Who has the better beard: Eddie Gaven or Timber Joey?"
TopDrawerSoccer.com released its newest rankings for the class of 2015 earlier this week. Two Crew Soccer Academy players come in ranked in the top 100.
Goalkeeper Patrick Siegfried is ranked No.42 overall in the class and is the fourth-ranked goalkeeper in 2015. Just behind Siegfried is fellow 'keeper Carter Richardson. The Dublin native is the sixth-ranked goalie in the class and the 55th ranked prospect overall.
Check out the entire list here.
FOX Sports Ohio TV Analyst Duncan Oughton previews tonight's match against Vancouver with TheCrew.com's Cody Sharrett.
On Saturday, Sebastian Miranda will face off against Sebastien Le Toux when Vancouver Whitecaps FC visits Crew Stadium, sparking the question:
Who is your favorite Sebastian?
As I was checking out videos of my soon-to-be alma mater last night, I stumbled upon this video of Crew midfielder Danny O'Rourke talking with Michelle Beadle (now with ESPN) and Greg Amsinger (now with MLB Network) on CSTV's on "The 1 College Sports Show" following the 2005 MLS SuperDraft:
O'Rourke won back-to-back National Championships with the Hoosiers in 2003 and 2004. The 2003 Indiana team, Jerry Yeagley's final season at the helm, featured nine players that went on to play in MLS: John-Michael Hayden, Ned Grabavoy, Brian Plotkin, Josh Tudela, Drew Moor, Jay Nolly, Jacob Peterson, and Jed Zayner, in addition to O'Rourke.
That leads to this week's poll question: Which is the greatest college team to feature a former Crew player?
2003 Indiana Hoosiers- see above.
2005 Maryland Terrapins - In Robbie Rogers only year of collegiate soccer, he teamed with future US Men's National Team and Rangers star Maurice Edu, the LA Galaxy's A.J. DeLaGarza, Seattle Sounders FC's Marc Burch, D.C. United's Stephen King, Sporting KC's Graham Zusi, FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz, and former Crew forward Jason Garey to win the 2005 College Cup.
2010 Akron Zips - Before transferring to North Carolina to win his second-straight NCAA title, Ben Speas played played a part in Akron's 2010 National Championship team that included eight other players that are currently featured on MLS rosters: D.C. United's Perry Kitchen and Chris Korb, Vancouver Whitcaps FC's Darren Mattocks and Michael Nanchoff, Houston Dynamo's Kofi Sarkodie, Portland Timbers' Darlington Nagbe, Montreal Impact FC's Zarek Valentin, and San Jose Earthquakes' Anthony Ampaipitakwong.
1992 UCLA Bruins- Coached by former Crew boss Sigi Schmid, it's hard to imagine this team featuring freshman Frankie Hejduk and future US National Team members Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis, Joe-Max Moore, and Anté Razov didn't win a National Championship. The team also featured former MLS players Jorge Salcedo, Tayt Ianni, Zak Ibsen, Chris Snitko and Sean Henderson as well as Stanford University's women's soccer coach Paul Ratcliffe. The Bruins lost in their opening NCAA Tourney match against eventual runner-up San Diego.
Crew defender Josh Williams will welcome his former PDL club, the Cleveland Internationals to Crew Stadium on Saturday as the Black & Gold host Vancouver Whitecaps FC, whose roster features Williams' Internationals teammate Michael Nanchoff. The two have recruited around 500 fans from the Cleveland area to make the trip down I-71 to attend the match. Check out the video below.