Steve Clark joined the Crew via a trade with Seattle Sounders FC back in December. Now in his first preseason camp with the Black & Gold, get to know Clark with some insider questions about his off-the-field favorites.
STEVE CLARK QUICK-FIRE FAVORITES
Coffee or tea in the morning?
Early riser or sleeping in on an off-day?
SC: Sleeping in, maybe until 10 a.m.
Best gift card to receive as a gift and use?
SC: Barnes and Noble.
Favorite historical figure you’ve studied?
SC: Ulysses S. Grant.
WATCH: Clark’s highlights from his playing experience in Norway
Favorite soccer match-up on TV to watch outside of MLS?
SC: Liverpool versus Everton.
Most recent movie you saw?
SC: District 9.
Place you’d most want to play a round of golf?
SC: Playing my home course with my dad and brothers.
Which professional goalkeeper did Clark look up to as a younger player? What type of books does the 27-year-old prefer reading? How many siblings did he grow up with? Learn more by checking out Clark’s bio.
And for audio from his chat with TheCrew.com back in December, be sure to listen and hear about his decision to return stateside.
Recently arrived Assistant Coach Rob Maaskant talks with TheCrew.com's Tim Miller about his decision to join the Black & Gold following several years as a Head Coach in Europe.
TheCrew.com's Tim Miller chats with third-year winger Ethan Finlay following the first couple of training sessions in Bradenton, Fla.
Dominic Oduro’s 13 goals this season are a career high and tied Andres Mendoza (2011) for the Crew’s highest goal-scoring output in the last five seasons. Oduro’s 13 tallies also marked third-highest goal-scoring clip for a player in his first year in a Crew jersey, trailing only Brian McBride with 17 goals in 1996 and Stern John, who scored 26 goals in 1998.
Tyson Wahl’s first season in Columbus was also a career year. 2013 was his eighth season in the League that began with Kansas City in 2006 before stops in Seattle, Montreal and Colorado. Wahl has made a career-high 24 appearances this year, including 23 starts. His 2,065 minutes are also a career high after posting 1,350 in 2012 while splitting time in Montreal and Colorado. Wahl has made 24 appearances, including 19 starts at leftback and has started the last five matches at centerback.
15, 20; 15
The Crew has utilized young talent all season and three players have found consistent playing time for the Black & Gold this year. Rookie Homegrown Players Wil Trapp and Chad Barson have become stalwarts in the Crew lineup as Trapp made his 15th career start and Barson made his 20th in the match at New England. 25-year-old Bernardo Anor -- seeing a myriad of minutes in 2013 following the injury to Eddie Gaven -- could make his 20th start of the season (44th overall) as his 19 appearances this season are already a career high.
1, 12, 5
Aaron Schoenfeld’s goal last Saturday in New England was his first career strike and a tally that earned him a nomination for AT&T Goal of the Week. Schoenfeld becomes the 12th different Crew player in 2013 to record a goal and fifth player in Black & Gold to record their first career goal in MLS this season, joining Ben Speas, Glauber, Ryan Finley and Matias Sanchez.
A BIT OF REVENGE AT STAKE ...
The Crew needed two positive results last weekend to stay afloat in the run for the MLS Cup Playoffs and unfortunately were eliminated from postseason contention ... the Crew fell 3-2 to the Revs on Saturday night and then Chicago defeated Toronto just after the final whistle in the Crew match ... even with a Crew win at New England, the Black & Gold would have been eliminated ... however, the loss to the Revs leaves the Crew with a feeling that New England kept the Crew from the postseason, giving plenty of motivation this weekend to return the favor.
DESPITE TWO LOSSES THIS YEAR, BLACK & GOLD HAVE REVS’ NUMBER ...
Sunday’s meeting will be the 60th regular-season meeting between the two teams, the Crew’s most-faced opponent during the season since 1996 ... the Crew’s 29 wins (29-19-11) against the Revs are the most versus any opponent in Black & Gold history, more than D.C. United (23 wins against), New York (24 wins against) or Sporting KC (21 wins).
... AND A STRONG STRETCH AGAINST THE REVS HAS HELPED
Although the Revs have won the regular-season series in 2013 with a pair of wins on July 20 and October 19, the Black & Gold have found success against the Revs over the last six seasons ... in the last 17 meetings, dating back to 2007, the Crew is 8-5-4 against the Revs ... during that stretch, the Crew has won the regular-season series four times and the two teams have split results two other times ... from 1996 through 2000, and again from 2002 through 2006, the two conference foes met four times a year.
With starts at right wing in the last four matches, Dominic Oduro now has started 17 matches in 2013 lined up on the right, while also posting 15 starts at forward. Oduro’s team-leading 12 goals have been fairly balanced, with seven goals in 15 starts at forward and five goals in 17 games at right midfield. The Crew is 5-7-3 in 2013 when Oduro starts at forward and is 7-8-2 when Oduro takes the field on the right side of the Crew’s midfield.
Making starts in the central midfield in the last four matches, Tony Tchani now has 20 appearances, including 11 starts, for the Crew in 2013. The 24-year-old began his career with New York in 2010 and made 27 appearances (17 starts) for a career-high in both categories. Over the last two seasons with the Black & Gold, Tchani has recorded 44 appearances and 25 starts.
With the Crew on a bye weekend last weekend (October 11-13), midfielder/defender Kevan George departed for international duty with Trinidad & Tobago. George earned his third career cap in the 0-0 draw on Tuesday night, making a substitute appearance in the 83rd minute. Earlier this season, George earned a call-up during the OSN Cup, an international tournament held in Saudi Arabia from September 5-9. During the tournament, George made two substitute appearances to earn his first two caps on the senior roster, appearing as a substitute in the match against the United Arab Emirates on September 5 and against Saudi Arabia on September 9.