Assistant Coach Pat Onstad previews Saturday's match against his former club, D.C. United.
Adam Bedell is a 6-foot-7 (79 inches tall) forward that the Crew signed officially on Wednesday. Per MLS, he is the tallest rostered player in MLS history. “Adam is a strong, tall target forward that gives additional depth this season,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.
With the addition of Adam Bedell on Wednesday, the Crew’s active roster sits at 30 players. 31 players are officially under contract, but rookie Homegrown Player Matt Wiet is on the Disabled List presently and does not count as a roster spot while he recovers from an ACL surgery.
Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter faced Ben Olsen as a player just one time, on August 22, 2009, in a 0-0 draw between Berhalter’s LA Galaxy and Olsen’s D.C. United.
The last time Gregg Berhalter faced D.C. United was on July 8, 2010 when Berhalter was a starter in the 2-1 win for LA over United. At the time, Ben Olsen was an As- sistant Coach with United, and less than a month later, Olsen took the reins for D.C.
The Crew’s inaugural game was April 13, 1996 in a 4-0 win for the Crew at Ohio Stadium. 560 regular-season games later -- with Saturday as career regular-season game 561 for the Black & Gold -- the Crew and United square-off to open their 19th seasons in MLS.
BERHALTER DEBUT FOR BLACK & GOLD
The Crew takes the field on Saturday under the leadership of Gregg Berhalter as the Sporting Director and Head Coach begins his MLS coaching career after coaching Swedish side Hammerby IF.
CREW BEGINS 19TH MLS CAMPAIGN
The Columbus Crew begins its 19th MLS season and enters the year with an overall regular-season record of 233-222-105 ... Saturday’s match (March 8) marks the sec-ond earliest Crew season start date in club history, six days after last season’s March 2 opener ... as a point of reference, the latest the Crew started a season was its inaugural campaign – alongside nine other charter teams – when Columbus opened play on April 13, 1996.
SEASON-OPENER: FEAST OR FAMINE
The Crew has shut out their opponents in season openers six times and have been held scoreless in the first 90 minutes four times ... the largest margin of victory was the Crew’s first-ever game – a 4-0 win against D.C. on April 13, 1996 ... the team’s largest deficit was a 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay on March 18, 2000 ... the Crew stormed to a 3-0 defeat of Chivas USA last season on March 2 in Carson, Calif.
PAPA DOM WILL BE OUT FOR SEASON-OPENER
Fans of Freaky Fast Dominic Oduro must wait until the Crew’s Opening Match at Crew Stadium on March 22 to see the Ghanaian speedster ... Oduro was issued a red card for a foul in the 90th minute of the regular-season finale against New England on October 27 of last year and is set to serve the mandatory one-game suspension on Saturday in the club’s first tilt of 2014 ... the red card was the first of his career.
SuperDraft pick Adam Bedell talks about signing with the Black & Gold.
Soon after the Crew's 2014 primary kit was unveiled for Season Ticket Members and media at Bar Louie in the Arena District Tuesday night, club President Mark McCullers shared his excitement for the new jersey. The new kit's homage to the team's identity as "The Yellow Soccer Team" with Crew Gold and a few new features give it a classic, yet modern feel.
"I love the new jersey," McCullers said. "The gradient diamond pattern and our classic Crew Gold with black accents, I think it's just different enough but classic enough also.
"You see the gold you know it's the Crew."
The new primary kit is now available online and at the Crew Gear Store at Crew Stadium.
Check out the features on the new 2014 Crew primary kit, as showcased in this video.
Frankie Hejduk spent Monday reading to second graders at Richard Avenue Elementary in Grove City to celebrate National Read Across America Day.