Crew Designated Player Federico Higuain made the media rounds while in New York this week. Here is an interview Pipa did with CNN Español.
“Espero poder quedarme aquí mucho tiempo” - Federico Higuain
Translation: "I hope to be able to stay here for a long time"
The 2012-13 US Soccer Development Academy preview is out and US Soccer Technical Staff Carson Porter had some high praise for Crew Academy standout Benny Swanson and the advatage of playing up in the system.
Academy teams that benefit from players playing up:
Porter: "The Columbus Crew does a nice job playing players up. Ben Swanson is a ’97-born player who has just moved to Bradenton, Fla., and joined the U.S. U-17’s and he benefitted from being a starter for the entire year last year with the U-15/16’s despite playing up an age level. He also was rostered for the U-17/U-18’s when they made the playoffs. These are great experiences that helped prepare him for the YNT system.”
July 6, 2011 - This date in Crew history Jeff Cunningham broke the Crew’s all- time scoring record held by Brian McBride with 62 goals. Cunningham scored his 63rd Crew goal in thrilling fashion at Vancouver with a stoppage time goal that also allowed him to tie Jaime Moreno for the MLS all-time scoring lead (133).
READ: Cunningham's record goal
Join us at Barley’s Brewing Company Ale House No. 1 in Short North (467 N. High St., 43215) for the official post-game party featuring Crew players and fans following Saturday's match! Carlos Mendes and Danny O'Rourke will be on hand to hang out with fans. Enter to win great prizes and enjoy specials from Budweiser.
More info at - www.barleysbrewing.com
Recently the Crew community lost a member of it's family. Grand Rapids Crew Juniors player Christian Ouding lost his life in a tragic accident. There will be a moment of silence during the June 30th Crew home game in remembrance of Christian Ouding.
“Christian Ouding was not only the heart and soul of his team but was also for the club as a whole. He had a tremendous attitude and work rate in all that he did and a very contagious personality. He was an inspiration to many players and coaches and represented what youth soccer should be about.” - Josh Sheldon Grand Rapids Crew Juniors – General Manager
"We are devastated by the tragic loss of Christian and offer our condolences and support to his family," said Crew SVP Soccer Business Development Andrew Arthurs. "Not only was he a promising young player with a bright future, but by all accounts a well-liked teammate and a fine young man, as well. Words cannot express the sense of loss we feel. We look forward to honoring his memory on June 30 and beyond." - Andrew Arthurs Sr. Vice President Soccer Business Development Executive Director Crew Juniors
For more information and to donate to the Christian Ouding Fund click here.
The Crew Juniors Under-19 team, coached by Crew technical director Brian Bliss, won their second regional title in three years at the USYS Midwest Regional Championships in Saginaw, Mich. The 19s started the tournament with an 11-0 win over South Dakota United Madrid on Saturday (June 23), with goals by Chris Davis, Fatai Alashe, Chandler Gagnon, Cole Denormandie (2), Jordan Tyler, Nick Hagglund, Charlie Macias, Matt Hill, Adam Montague and Will Trapp. On Sunday (June 24), the 19s continued their dominance of their group with another commanding win, 9-1 over Kentucky’s United 1996 Internationals, behind goals by Trapp, Denormandie (2), Alashe, Davis, Kofi Agyapong, Montague and Tyler. The Crew Juniors closed out the group stage undefeated with a 3-2 win over Kansas City FC behind goals by Tyler, Trapp and Davis on Monday (June 25). A 3-0 semifinal victory over Wisconsin’s NSC–FCGB followed on Tuesday (June 26), with goals from Will Walker, Matt Walker and Montague. And in Wednesday’s final, goals from Agyapong, Matt Walker and Tyler led Crew Juniors to a 3-1 win over Pacesetter Premier of Toledo. The Crew Juniors U-19s will now attempt to capture their second McGuire Cup national title in three years at the USYS National Championships in Rock Hill, S.C., July 25-29.
For more info on the tourney, please visity the USYS website.
Congratulations local group Major 7 for winning The Crew and Power 107.5 Star at the Stadium contest! Make sure you are at Crew Stadium for their annual Red, White & Crew game this Saturday, June 30 at 8pm when they take on Real Salt Lake to see Major 7 perform the National Anthem. Tickets are still available – get your tickets today and celebrate the 4th of July with the Crew. Game tickets include admission to the postgame fireworks show! Click to buy tickets
Crew Brand Ambassador, Frankie Hejduk, stopped by the STH Heroes Cup 6v6 held at Buckeye Lake over the weekend. The STH Heroes Cup 6v6 is an adult soccer tournament that honored Columbus native Shawn Hannon who recently lost his life on April 4, 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.
Crew fans get ready to "Put out the Fire" not only on the pitch but also on Twitter! Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #VoteCrew to help spread the word and get out and vote for the Black & Gold for MLS All-Star on July 25th in Philadelphia. The Chicago Fire will be using the hashtag #VoteFire during the same time and just before kickoff on Saturday, June 23rd we will calculate the results between the two teams to see who is the winner.
To vote for your favorite players log onto MLSsoccer.com/allstar or text the player’s last name only to 22442.
Twitter Voting for the First XI players to be named MLS All-Stars will run from 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 21 through 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, June 22.
The terms for Twitter voting are as follows:
- An eligible vote consists of #MLSAllStar and the player's full name (first and last required), with or without a space.
- A user may vote for multiple players in a tweet; however, a user may not vote for a single player multiple times within one tweet.
- All users must follow @MLS for their votes to be eligible.
The tweet doesn't actually count as a vote, but the hope is that other fans will be encouraged to participate and vote.
Use the button below to tweet your support!