U.S. Soccer announced its candidates for the 2014 class to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Appearing on the ballot for the first time following his retirement in 2010 is Crew legend and veteran of three FIFA World Cups for the U.S. National Team, Brian McBride. Other candidates that spent time in Black & Gold on the Hall of Fame ballot include 2004 MLS Defender of the Year Robin Fraser and 2008 MLS Cup-winning manager Sigi Schmid, who appears on the Builder Ballot.
Voting begins immediately and the 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame class will be announced in mid-February.
Ahead of Thursday's MLS SuperDraft, TheCrew.com's Cody Sharrett talks with newly acquired midfielder Hector Jimenez about his history with Gregg Berhalter and his future in Columbus.
Newly signed Crew and U.S. National Team defender Michael Parkhurst chats with TheCrew.com's Cody Sharrett about his move back to MLS and more.
Projected as a First Round SuperDraft selection in 2013, defender Matt Wiet talks about his decision to finish his degree at UCLA and sign with the Crew as a Homegrown Player ahead of the 2014 season.
Grove City native and Crew Soccer Academy midfielder Ben Swanson has been included in United States Under-18 Men's National Team Head Coach Javier Perez's 24-man camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. this month. The camp began on January 4 and will run through Saturday, January 11 to prepare the United States for the Copa del Atlantico in the Canary Islands next month. Swanson is among 21 players in the camp that come from U.S. Soccer Development Academy squads.
For the full release and details on the camp, head over to USSoccer.com.
Crew Soccer Academy products Alex Crognale (Maryland) and Connor Klekota (Notre Dame) squared-off on December 15 with the Fighting Irish taking home the title. Crew Soccer Academy had players in previous finals in 2009 (Chad Barson, Ben Speas on Akron ), 2010 (Chad Barson and Ben Speas on Akron) and 2011 (Ben Speas on UNC).
A week after winning the 2013 College Cup with Notre Dame, TheCrew.com's Cody Sharrett caught up with Klekota to chat about about his progression through his college career.
The U.S. Men's National Team's fourth-straight 2-0 victory over Mexico in World Cup Qualifying at Crew Stadium on September 10 made Sports Illustrated's top 113 sports moments of 2013, coming in at number 65 on the list. Other soccer stories included in the magazine's year-end list include Raul Jimenez's bicycle-kick winner against Panama, Luis Suarez's biting of Branislav Ivanovic, Bayern Munich's UEFA Champions League title, the Snowclasico in Colorado between the U.S. and Costa Rica in 2014 World Cup Qualifying, Graham Zusi's late winner in Panama for the U.S. and Brazil's 3-0 rout of Spain in the Confederations Cup.
For a complete rundown of Dos a Cero 2013, visit This is Dos a Cero.
Crew Soccer Academy products Alex Crognale (Maryland) and Connor Klekota (Notre Dame) will play for an NCAA Championship this weekend at the 2013 College Cup at PPL Park in Chester, Penn. Klekota and the Fighting Irish face the New Mexico Lobos in the first Semifinal match, while Crognale and the Terrapins square-off against ACC rival Virginia afterward. The two Academy products could meet in the Final on Sunday.
COLLEGE CUP SCHEDULE
Friday, December 13
(3) Notre Dame vs. (7) New Mexico - 5:00 p.m. ET
(5) Maryland vs. (8) Virginia - 7:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, December 15
National Championship Final - 3:00 p.m. ET
*All matches on ESPNU
The Houston Dynamo announced Thursday that the Crew's Danny O'Rourke and Frankie Hejduk have been added to the star-studded list of players that will be attending in The Brian Ching Testimonial Match at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on December 13. Other stars that will be sending Ching off in style include Landon Donovan, Dwayne de Rosario, Chris Wondolowski and Jimmy Conrad.
As a rookie, O'Rourke played alongside Ching with the San Jose Earthquakes during the 2005 season before the first MLS incarnation of the 'Quakes moved to Houston in 2006. Hejduk and Ching represented the United States on several occassions together, including the 2009 edition of "Dos a Cero" against Mexico at Crew Stadium.
Ching's testimonial will benefit the Dynamo legend's charitable initiative, The House That Ching Built, and Habitat for Humanity.
Though MLS Cup has yet to be played for, the silly season of trade rumors has already begun. According to a report from Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl on Wednesday, Seattle Sounders FC is shopping U.S. Men's National Team forward Eddie Johnson. Since returning to MLS following a three-year stint in Europe, the 29-year-old Johnson scored 14 goals in 2012 and nine in 2013 and has seen a resurgence in his international career under Jürgen Klinsmann.
However, Johnson has shown he's not pleased with his salary situation, as evidenced by his "pay me" celebration following his game-winning goal against the Crew on August 31 in Columbus.
Would Johnson be a good fit for the Black & Gold? Like Dominic Oduro, Johnson can play either up top or on the wing to stretch defenses with his speed. Johnson will likely require a high price tag upon departing Seattle, probably more than the Crew would be willing to spend if new Sporting Director Gregg Berhalter hopes to retain Oduro, who is coming off a career year with the Black & Gold after scoring 13 goals.
Johnson scored at Crew Stadium twice in 2013, both with the Sounders and the U.S. National Team, and the charismatic forward has been complimentary of Columbus in the past.
What do you think, Crew fans? Despite the salary cap hurdles. do you want to see Johnson in Black & Gold next season? Comment below.