Head Athletic Trainer Craig Devine has had a busy first week on the job in his second stint with the Black & Gold. Previously, he served as a physical therapist and Head Athletic Trainer for six seasons with the Black & Gold from 2000-2005. He’s now five sessions into the 2014 preseason working alongside second-year Assistant Athletic Trainer Steven Purcell and spoke with TheCrew.com on Thursday evening.
Learn more about Devine, his interest in the advancements in sports medicine and why on October 24, 2002 he ended up with a buzz cut following an important Crew victory.
For more on Devine, be sure to check out his bio.
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.