TopDrawerSoccer.com unveiled its 2016 rankings yesterday, and the Crew Soccer Academy's Benny Swanson comes in ranked as the 3rd overall player in the class. The Grove City native recently made an appearance in a Crew reserve game against New York on April 7.
Like Brian Bliss and Duncan Oughton, Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer weighed in on his All-Time MLS Best XI. Hesmer deviated from Bliss and Oughton's 3-5-2 formation to go with a 4-1-4-1 look. The veteran 'keeper chose a very American-laden lineup with the exception of Canadian Dwayne De Rosario and former Crew teammate Guillermo Barros Schelotto, check it out:
William Hesmer's All-Time MLS XI (4-1-4-1)
|DF||Carlos Bocanegra||Kasey Keller|
|DF||Chad Marshall||Ryan Nelsen|
|DF||Jeff Agoos||Wade Barrett|
|CDM||Brian Michael Carroll||Marco Etcheverry|
|RW||Landon Donovan||Shalrie Joseph|
|CAM||Dwayne De Rosario||
|CAM||Guillermo Barros essssSchelotto||Jaime Moreno|
|LW||Clint Dempsey||Coach: Jeff Cunningham|
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?