Crew forward Olman Vargas has been summoned by the Costa Rica national team for its friendly against Honduras on Wednesday. Vargas left Columbus for Costa Rica shortly after Saturday's match against the Red Bulls. If Vargas plays on Wednesday, it would be his first cap for La Sele.
Vargas is expected back in Columbus on Thursday in time to be ready for this weekend's match against the Philadelphia Union.
The Crew make their first appearance in 2012 on national TV this Saturday on the new NBC Sports channel. The Black & Gold travel to Philadelphia to take on the Union Saturday at 3:30pm.
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FOX Sports Ohio color analyst and long time Crew player Duncan Oughton previews the matchup between the Crew and the New York Red Bulls. Hear his take on the matchup and how the Crew can stop the Red Bulls attack.
In the inaugural episode of Crew Cat Chronicles, The Crew's Duncan Oughton makes a crucial mistake during the week the Black & Gold plays the New York Red Bulls.
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With his pick of Kentucky and Kansas to play for the National Championship, rookie Ethan Finlay came from behind to surpass Justin Meram in the Crew Bracket challenge. Heading into the Final Four, Meram led both Finlay and Josh Williams by three points. However, Meram predicted Kentucky would play North Carolina in the championship game, giving Finlay the victory.
Tommy Heinemann had Syracuse and Missouri playing for the title with Mizzou winning. Needless to say, he finished last.
Here are the final standings:
1. Ethan Finlay 386 points
2. Justin Meram 339
3. Josh Williams 336
4. Eric Gehrig 332
5. Cole Grossman 307
6. Tommy Heinemann 183
The Crew Soccer Academy's Wil Trapp has been called into the United States U20 National Team camp in Portland, Oregon by head coach Tab Ramos. The Akron midfielder and Gahanna native chipped in five assists for the Zips last season on his way to being named MAC Newcomer of the Year in 2011.
The U20 National Team will play matches against Portland State University and a yet to be determined side while in the Rose City.
Eric Gehrig reflects on his Man of the Match honors in Toronto:
I caught up with a Crew supporter who made the trip across the border to watch his beloved Black & Gold:
Julius James talks about his time living in Toronto while on the team's pregame walk.
The Crew Soccer Academy's Rhodes Moore talks about joining the Crew on its trip to Toronto to play in Saturday's reserve match: