The Crew Soccer Academy's Wolves U15/16 squad debuts in the number one spot of ESPN's Development Academy Power Rankings this week. The CSA Wolves are 6-0-1 thus far in the academy season. Ali Jawad leads the U15/16 squad with six goals early on in the season.
CSA joined forces with the Michigan Wolves in May 2011. The club is based out of Livonia, MI.
Check out the full rankings on ESPN.com.
In an effort to spruce up the United States' first Major League Soccer-specific stadium, LED field boards have been installed at Crew Stadium ahead of Saturday's home opener against the Montreal Impact. The boards are just one of many upgrades for the 2012 MLS season.
"I think it's going to be a fantastic addition to the fan experience at Crew Stadium," team president and general manager Mark McCullers said.
The boards will also increase the Crew's sponsorship opportunities in conjunction with the team's new television deal with Fox Sports Ohio.
"With our Fox Sports Ohio deal, it's going to give our sponsors and our corporate partners the best possible platform to deliver their brand message," McCullers continued. "There's a lot of flexibility, it marries well with the increased distribution we have at Fox Sports Ohio and gives the sponsors a great platform."
In addition to the new LED field boards, new menu items can be found at Crew Stadium's concession stands along with updated concourses and plaza experiences.
FOX28's Johnny DiLoretto stopped in Tuesday morning to sample some of the new food items offered at Crew Stadium this year. It was Johnny D's final morning on Good Day Columbus as he is moving on to become the Director of Operations at the Gateway Film Center.
The Crew is honored that Johnny D could spend his last day on the job with the Crew and the entire organization wishes him the best in his future endeavors.
Photos courtesy of Rodney Middendorf
If the Crew's 5-1 win over Michigan State on Saturday counted for something, I'd like to think Milo's free kick would win Goal of the Week on MLSsoccer.com.
Have a look for yourself:
Though his Wolverines were knocked out by the Ohio Bobcats in their opening game of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Justin Meram currently leads the Crew bracket challenge after two rounds with 124 total points. No one's bracket was hit harder by upsets than Tom Heinemann's. The St. Louis native had the Missouri Tigers winning in the National Championship, but Mizzou was shocked by 15-seed Nofolk State on Friday. However, Heinemann tied Meram in correctly predicting eleven of the Sweet 16 teams. Cole Grossman currently sits in last place after his Duke Blue Devils were upset by Lehigh in their Second Round matchup.
The complete standings:
- Justin Meram: 124 points
- Ethan Finlay: 116
- Josh Williams: 111
- Tom Heinemann: 108
- Eric Gehrig: 107
- Cole Grossman: 102
Possible points: 176
Crew rookie midfielder Kirk Urso talks about his strike from distance and the contributions of Milovan Mirosevic and Olman Vargas to the Black & Gold attack.
The Crew Soccer Academy heads to Dallas this weekend for non-divisional play against the FC Dallas Academy and the Dallas Texans.
One matchup to watch is CrewU18 central defender Andrew Souders taking on FC Dallas forward/midfielder Danny Garcia, who has signed on to play for defending National Champion North Carolina next season.
Here's the full article from TopDrawerSoccer's Travis Clark: Link
After today's training session, there will likely be a lot of trash talking going on in the Crew locker room regarding March Madness.
Here is a list of Crew players with rooting interests in the tournament:
Kentucky: Andy Gruenebaum
North Carolina: Ben Speas, Kirk Urso
Duke: Cole Grossman
Ohio State: Matthew Lampson
Indiana: Rich Balchan, Danny O'Rourke
Louisville: Aaron Horton
Michigan: Justin Meram
Creighton: Ethan Finlay
UConn: Julius James
Virginia: Tony Tchani
University of South Florida: Bernardo Anor, Aubrey Perry
Supplemental draft pick Jamie Finch, a former Washington Husky, is still unsure of who to root for:
Bummed the Dawgs didn't make the tournament. Guess I need to adopt the hometown team... People are big Michigan fans around here right?
— Jamie Finch (@ImCalledFinch) March 11, 2012
After sustaining a concussion just minutes into his debut for Leeds United, former Crew winger Robbie Rogers made his way onto the scoresheet for The Whites in Tuesday's 3-0 exhibition victory against Carlisle United. In addition to scoring his first goal for LUFC, the 2008 MLS Best XI honoree was pleased to go the entire 90 minutes for his new club. Rogers has happy to be back on the field, tweeting:
First 90 min game in 6 weeks, feels great to play football!
— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) March 13, 2012
The performance should help Rogers's chances of being included in manager Neil Warnock's squad on Saturday as the Yorkshire side returns to nPower Championship play, taking on West Ham.
Official story from Leeds United here.
(Photo courtesy of LeedsUnited.com)
March Madness hits Columbus Friday afternoon as the Second and Third Rounds of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship tips off of Nationwide Arena. To get in the spirit, Crew players filled out brackets after Tuesday's training session.
To no surprise, five out of six players chose the overall number-one seed Kentucky Wildcats to take the crown in New Orleans next month.
Let's take a look at some of the brackets:
Rookie winger Ethan Finlay rode his Creighton Bluejays all the way to the Elite Eight.
Eric Gehrig claims he was rushed in filling out his bracket, predicting three of the four one seeds would reach the Final Four.
Looking for a couple of Second Round upsets, Josh Williams thinks New Mexico State will upset Indiana, VCU will beat Wichita State, and NC State will surprise San Diego State.
Cole Grossman held out belief his Duke Blue Devils would win their fourth National Championship, but reconsidered and chose Kentucky to win it all.
Columbus's favorite Wolverine, Justin Meram, talked the talk for Michigan. However, he doesn't have the Maize and Blue making it past the Sweet 16.
Home is where the heart is for Tom Heinemann, the Missouri native predicts the Mizzou Tigers will be dancing to "One Shining Moment" in New Orleans.
The Scoring System:
- 3 points for each team correctly picked to advance to the Round of 32.
- 5 points for each team picked in the Sweet 16.
- 10 points for each team in the Elite 8.
- 25 points for each team in the Final 4.
- 50 points for each team in the National Championship.
- 100 points for correctly picking the National Champion.
Stay tuned to TheCrew.com to see which player will have bragging rights around Crew Stadium.