In some post-training banter on Monday, Crew captain Chad Marshall jokingly asked Tony Tchani to talk in his best American accent.
"Hey mate!" Tchani exclaimed jokingly with his distinct French inflection.
While Tchani's accent sets him appart, the Cameroonian-born midfielder is now an official American citizen. Tchani moved to the U.S. with his mother as a teenager and recently passed his citizenship exam to officially attain a United States passport last week.
Tchani was given studying materials beforehand, but the test to become a U.S. citizen came easy to the 23-year-old midfielder.
"They gave me a book of like 100 practice questions and I was supposed to get six out of 10 right," Tchani said. "I got the first six right and they told me it was over. I got a sheet saying 'Congratulations.' "
It is official!! #ThankGod
— Tony Tchani (@TonyTchani23) January 15, 2013
Tchani is in his second full season with the Crew and his fourth in MLS.
Columbus' favorite Kiwi Duncan Oughton took some time in the offseason to visit fellow New Zealanders in Europe as well as take in some footy action. So far in his journey, Oughton has visited West Ham United to observe training, watched Arsenal take care of business against Reading before seeing long-time friend, Queens Park Rangers' captain Ryan Nelsen, lead the Hoops in a 2-1 win over Fulham. It was QPR's first win of 2012, so obviously Oughton is a good luck charm at Loftus Road.
Duncan was kind enough to snap a few photos from abroad. Enjoy!
(He apologizes for the blurry ones.)
Arrival at the West Ham training facility to catch some training.
Arsenal vs. Reading at the Majeski Stadium.
Kiwi friend David (Goose) Metherell and I outside Loftus Road soaking up the atmosphere in anticipation of the match!
With Adel Taarabat after his brace goals in QPR's first win of the season (I am standing on a step which is why I look massive).
With fellow Kiwi and QPR captain Ryan Nelsen after the 2-1 win vs. Fulham on the Loftus Road pitch.
The Hudson Street Hooligans, Crew Union and Arch City Army Present: Massive Support – A Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser.
Saturday night at Hendoc’s bar Columbus pro sports supporters will come together to help do good for the American Red Cross. The event starts at 7pm and will feature celebrity guest appearances, raffle items provided by the Columbus Crew, Columbus Blue Jackets and local businesses and plenty of surprises all night long. Hendoc’s will be helping as well, for each $2 pint of Coors Light, $3 shot of Fireball and $4 Long Island iced tea sold $1 will be donated to the American Red Cross. Besides that raffle tickets will be available to win prizes with 100% of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
Hendoc’s is located at 2375 North High Street in North Campus
On a beautiful morning in the Nation's Capital, the Crew began its day with breakfast followed by a team walk through Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood. The Black & Gold finished their walk with a stretch at a nearby park.
Now, the players will spend the afternoon preparing at the team hotel before heading to RFK Stadium for tonight's pivotal Eastern Conference showdown with D.C. United. The team feels fully prepared for tonight's match, which holds major playoff implications for both sides.
"[Preparation] started Monday for me. It starts early in the week. If you prepare during the week, then the game comes easy," veteran Danny O'Rourke said.
"It's time to relax, and then it's like riding a bike. It all comes naturally."
Photos from this morning's walk can be found below.
With both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hitting the swing state of Ohio hard as Election Day nears, Columbus has been in the national media spotlight. Out on his morning coffee run, CNN's John King tweeted this picture of the digital billboards at the corner of Broad and High:
Times Square??? No- Columbus, OH. Coffee run!instagr.am/p/Qmml5GsLSb/
— John King (@JohnKingCNN) October 10, 2012
Luckily for the Crew, ads for season ticket renewals were in rotation when he snapped his photo.
Speaking of season tickets, purchase or renew yours today.
Crew Head Coach Robert Warzycha, TV Analyst Duncan Oughton, and Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk took part in the C Magazine celebrity golf outing at The Medallion Club in Westerville Monday afternoon to help promote the Crew brand.
"This is a great time and an opportunity to meet good people and spread Crew love," Oughton said in a text message.
While no scores were reported, it's probable that Warzycha beat Oughton and Hejduk handily as "The Polish Rifle" is an avid golfer in his down-time.
A special thank you to C Magazine for inviting the Black & Gold to participate in this special event.
With an extra day to prepare for Sunday's match against Sporting Kansas City, Crew Head Coach Robert Warzycha decided to give his team a break from the daily training regimen on Wednesday morning. In lieu of training, the team went bowling as a team-building activity.
"Everything that we do is based on how we can get better as a team and do what is necessary for us to win the game," Warzycha said Wednesday afternoon.
"Team chemistry is just as important as fitness or anything else," the Head Coach continued. "I think it was a good time to bring everybody to bowling, because the guys that are injured that are not with the team every single day because they're in treatment and everything else, they were there too. To have the entire team together before the final stretch, before the end of the season, it was very important."
The team enjoyed a day without thinking about soccer.
"Sometimes, you need to spend time enjoying your teammates and your coaches," defender Sebastián Miranda explained. "It was avery good opportunity to maybe forget soccer and playing, and bond with your teammates. You can laugh. You can talk with your teammates and not talk about soccer, and try to enjoy [the team atmosphere] a little bit."
So, who was the best bowler on the team?
"After me, Netzo [Nemanja Vukovic] was a very big surprise," Miranda said with a laugh. "He was a big surprise."
The Crew will resume its normal training schedule Thursday morning at Crew Stadium.
(Photo Credit: Tucker Walther)
To help celebrate the release of EA Sports FIFA 13 and look ahead to the Crew's remaining four matches, I will be playing against a different Crew player each week as one of the team's upcoming opponents. This week, I squared off with rookie midfielder Kevan George playing as the Crew, while I took control of the Philadelphia Union.
Admittedly, Houston hasn't been my favorite city I've visited with the Crew this season. It's extremely hot and humid, there's nothing to do around the team hotel, and nearly every restraunt downtown is closed on Sunday.
However, the Dynamo's new BBVA Compass Stadium has made up for the misfortunes mentioned above.
The first thing I noticed when I walked into the stadium: there's a lot of orange in this place.
Outside the press box, images of various Houston Chronicle front pages over the past few years pay homage to Dynamo's short time in Houston.
A Dynamo legend overlooks the entrance to every lower-level section. For example, here's Brian Ching at the entryway to Section 125.
Here's the view from the north end of the stadium, looking toward the stage area. The dimensions of the field at BBVA Compass Stadium are 70 yards x 115 yards to suit the Dynamo's style of play and execution on set pieces. The MLS preference for pitch size is 75 yards x 120 yards.
In the southwest corner of the stadium is where the Dynamo supporters groups sit. No, Crew fans, it's not as big as the Nordecke.
Finally, and most importantly, the Crew's Equipment Manager Rusty Wummel was a happy camper with the spacey visiting locker room.
The Urso family has decided to have Kirk’s legacy live on off the field, by giving the gift of tissue. Columbus Crew sponsor Lifeline of Ohio, the local nonprofit that promotes and coordinates organ and tissue donation, is giving fans an opportunity to honor Kirk's gift at upcoming games.
Statement from Lifeline of Ohio:
Kirk Urso was truly a hero on and off the field. He not only touched lives as a member of the Columbus Crew, but he will continue to impact others through his gift of tissue donation. Help us honor Kirk's legacy as a tissue donor by wearing a green Donate Life bracelet. Stop by the Donate Life booth before any Columbus Crew home game to pick up your free bracelet and honor our hero, Kirk Urso.
Stop by the Donate Life booth on the Crew Kicker Plaza before the game on Wednesday to pick up one of 4,000 green Donate Life bracelets to support Kirk's gift of life.
To learn more about organ and tissue donation, or to register as a donor, visit: www.lifelineofohio.org/crew