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19 March 9:40 am

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:

  1. Justin Meram:              124 points
  2. Ethan Finlay:                116
  3. Josh Williams:              111
  4. Tom Heinemann:          108
  5. Eric Gehrig:                  107
  6. Cole Grossman:           102

Possible points: 176

17 March 1:08 pm


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.

16 March 12:24 pm

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

15 March 10:40 am

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:



14 March 1:08 pm

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:



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.


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13 March 6:12 pm


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 to see which player will have bragging rights around Crew Stadium.