Crew Soccer Academy midfielders George Braima and Ben Swanson were recently called-up to represent the United States at the U-17 and U-18 levels, respectively.
Braima and the U-17 U.S. Men's National Team head to Bosnia-Herzegovina for the Josip Katalinski International Tournament and two international friendlies in Zagreb, Croatia. In the Katalinski Tournament, the U.S. takes on Montenegro and Sarajevo Select before wrapping up play in the tournament against either the Bosnia U-17 National Team, Belgrade Select or the Macedonia U-17 National Team in a placement match. In Zagreb, the U.S. plays Croatia on April 8 and April 10.
Swanson and the U.S. U-18 squad will stay stateside for a camp that includes a friendly with Canada on April 8 and another against Mexico on April 12. Swanson recently trained with the Crew First Team following the Copa del Atlantico in the Canary Islands.
Following Saturday's dramatic 2-1 victory in Seattle, the Crew is at the top of ESPNFC and Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol Power Rankings this week. On MLSsoccer.com's list, Gregg Berhalter's side is in the number two spot just behind FC Dallas. Through three matches this season, the Black & Gold are the only club with a perfect record in MLS.
See the full rankings below.
MLSsoccer.com: 2 (4)
ESPNFC: 1 (7)
SI's Planet Fútbol: 1 (10)
Steve Clark's leaping stop on Sounders FC's Lamar Neagle is nominated for this week's Save of the Week award. Clark is in the running for the honor against Portland's Andrew Weber, Chicago's Sean Johnson, Chivas USA's Dan Kennedy and Seattle's Stefan Frei.
Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursday.
Frankie Hejduk joined 95.5 The Game's Matt Finkes and Ashleigh Ignelzi on The BIG Show's Massive Monday segment.
Justin Meram's dramatic, 94th-minute winner against Seattle on Saturday is up for this week's AT&T Goal of the Week award. Meram is up against Montreal's Marco Di Viao, Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer, Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborío and New York's Peguy Luyindula in the running for the top goal of Week Four. Click the link below to make your voice heard.
Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays.
Matt Lampson invited LLS Hero and current LLS Washington Chapter Girl of the Year Anna Comstock and her family to CenturyLink Field for Saturday’s match against Seattle Sounders FC. Anna is a 7-year-old ALL survivor who ended her treatment last May. You can read more about Anna and her story on the LLS website.
Looking to continue the Hero program that Lampson started during the 2013 season, the goalkeeper will be working with LLS to invite a child and their family to every home and away match during the 2014 season.
The Columbus Council on World Affairs (CCWA) recently named the Columbus Crew the International Organization of the Year for its global influence on the Columbus community. Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter, Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk and midfielder Bernardo Anor were on hand to accept the award earlier this month.
“Our management team, our staff and our players really believe that Columbus is a tremendous place to live and influence the development of a dynamic soccer culture,” said Anthony Precourt, Columbus Crew Chairman and Investor-Operator when the award was announced last October.
“We are honored to have this positive reinforcement for our efforts and thank CCWA for spotlighting our club as a strong local ambassador to the world and a global ambassador to this region.”
Chad Marshall won't be the only one seeing old friends as oppostion on Saturday when the Crew takes on Seattle Sounders FC. Defender Tyson Wahl was selected by the Sounders in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft and made 39 appearances in three seasons for the club before being picked up by the Montreal Impact in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft.
Saturday's match will mark the first time Wahl has returned to CenturyLink Field despite having played for three clubs since his departure in 2011.
"It's definitely one you circle on the schedule," Wahl said of his return. "I have fond memories of being here. It's definitely been a while. Last year, we didn't travel out here. My previous team's just didn't go. It's exciting. It's nice to be around the city and I'm definitely excited to step out on the stadium field again."
Wahl helped Sounders FC to three-straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups during his time in the Emerald City.