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.
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.