Former Crew goalkeeper Brad Friedel will play in his 300th straight Barclay's Premier League match this weekend as Tottenham Hotspur faces Queens Park Rangers. Ahead of the record-breaking accomplishment, Friedel is the spotlight of Grant Wahl's feature in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated. Give it a read here.
MLSsoccer.com is unveiling a new video series entitled "Taking the Lead" that will focus on captains around MLS. The series will give unique insight to the leadership that goes in to being a field general. We're looking forward to seeing Chad Marshall's perspective on wearing the captain's armband later in the season.
Tomorrow's debut episode will showcase Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman.
Check out the trailer below:
In the wake of Clint Dempsey's historic season at Fulham, Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl took the time to rank the 15 best single-season performances for US players playing across the pond. Four former Crew players made the cut including Brad Friedel and Brian McBride. John Harkes and Thomas Dooley also made the list for their time abroad before Major League Soccer's inception in 1996. The Black & Gold is tied with the second-most players on the list with the New England Revolution. New York/New Jersey tops the list with six former players.
Crew legend Brian McBride will help relive some of the great USA-Mexico memories in The Legends Classic taking place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on Sunday. McBride will join former US Men's National Team mainstays Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda, and Cobi Jones to face former Mexico stars in the weekend exhibition. Of McBride's 30 career goals for the US, two came against El Tri. McBride also played in both of the famous "Dos a Cero" World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico that took place at Crew Stadium.
In his first appearance for the Costa Rican national team, Crew forward Olman Vargas scored in the 49th minute to bring La Sele even with Honduras. The friendly ended in a 1-1 draw from San Jose. Check out the highlights below. Vargas' goal comes at the 1:30 mark:
Vargas is set to return to Columbus on Thursday.
Along with two consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year awards, add being named one of Cosmopolitan's "Hot Soccer Players We Can't Resist" to Ethan Finlay's list of accolades. The rookie midfielder is joined on the list of Cosmo's favorite MLS players with the likes of David Beckham, Benny Feilhaber, and Chris Wondolowski.
"It's made me really humble," Finlay said of the honor. "It's nice when someone besides your girlfriend thinks you're attractive."
According to Finlay, his better half took it well, "She loved it. She put it on her Facebook."
Finlay's spot on the list didn't come without some teasing from his Crew teammates.
"They were telling me I shouldn't be practicing today, I'm too pretty," the Creighton product said after practice on Tuesday. "They're giving me a hard time, but I guess it comes with the honor."
One teammate who's not giving Finlay any grief is captain Chad Marshall, whose locker resides next to the rookie midfielder:
— chad marshall (@ChadMarshall14) April 9, 2012
When asked what advice he'd give to single men in Columbus, Finlay responded, "My advice: be you. Personality goes farther than the looks in the end."
After all, perhaps it was Finlay's personality that landed him on Cosmo's prestigious list.
"Hopefully it wasn't just my looks. Hopefully they like what they heard about my personality, but who knows?"
Crew forward Olman Vargas has been summoned by the Costa Rica national team for its friendly against Honduras on Wednesday. Vargas left Columbus for Costa Rica shortly after Saturday's match against the Red Bulls. If Vargas plays on Wednesday, it would be his first cap for La Sele.
Vargas is expected back in Columbus on Thursday in time to be ready for this weekend's match against the Philadelphia Union.
FOX Sports Ohio color analyst and long time Crew player Duncan Oughton previews the matchup between the Crew and the New York Red Bulls. Hear his take on the matchup and how the Crew can stop the Red Bulls attack.
In the inaugural episode of Crew Cat Chronicles, The Crew's Duncan Oughton makes a crucial mistake during the week the Black & Gold plays the New York Red Bulls.
Disclaimer: No Kiwis were harmed in the making of this video.
With his pick of Kentucky and Kansas to play for the National Championship, rookie Ethan Finlay came from behind to surpass Justin Meram in the Crew Bracket challenge. Heading into the Final Four, Meram led both Finlay and Josh Williams by three points. However, Meram predicted Kentucky would play North Carolina in the championship game, giving Finlay the victory.
Tommy Heinemann had Syracuse and Missouri playing for the title with Mizzou winning. Needless to say, he finished last.
Here are the final standings:
1. Ethan Finlay 386 points
2. Justin Meram 339
3. Josh Williams 336
4. Eric Gehrig 332
5. Cole Grossman 307
6. Tommy Heinemann 183