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17 May 9:20 am

Take a look at the first test of a referee camera during the CLB-NY reserve league game at Crew Stadium.

16 May 3:23 pm

In case you missed, Tuesday night served as a talent show of sorts for Crew players on Twitter. First, following a long day of band practice, the @YellowSwagBand handle was launched to start promoting Sloan and the Keepers, a band made up of guitar players and karaoke all-stars Shawn Sloan, Daniel Withrow and Andy Gruenebaum. The band later tweeted the video for their first song, a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" dedicated to defender Tyson Wahl (above).

Wahl's thoughts on being the muse for the band's tune?

"First of all, I was shocked that they even thought of me," the defender said. "When writing a song, to spontaneously think of me out of everyone else is flattering. It was kind of stupid and funny at the same time. I thought it was hilarious."

The band is profiled in this week's Columbus Alive!, available for FREE at various locations around the city.

 

If you prefer Hell's Kitchen to American Idol, Ethan Finlay and Ryan Finley later took to the social media website to showcase their cooking skills and debate who the really deserves the title of "Chef Fin."

 

 

16 May 1:57 pm

MLSsoccer.com's Greg Lalas and Matt Doyle preview the Trillium Cup presented by Scotts match coming up this weekend as Toronto host the Columbus Crew, kicking off at 5pm ET on Saturday.

16 May 11:21 am

It will surely be a bittersweet moment for new Toronto FC Assistant Coach Duncan Oughton as he prepares to face the club he spent 12 years with in his first match on Ryan Nelsen's staff. But Oughton isn't the first former Crew player to venture into coaching. After all, the Black & Gold's technical staff boasts four former Crew players.

Other former players have even earned some silverware as coaches. Todd Yeagley and Brian Maisonneuve recently won their first NCAA Championship while coaching at Indiana University, while Ezra Hendrickson has claimed three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups while on Sigi Schmid's staff in Seattle. In his second season as Head Coach of Lanús in Argentina, Guillermo Barros Schelotto could be on his way to hardware as his club currently sits in second place of the Argentine Primera División.

Here's a full list of former Crew players in the coaching ranks:

Columbus Crew

Robert Warzycha, Head Coach
Brian Bliss, Technical Director/U.S. U-20 Assistant Coach
Mike Lapper, Assistant Coach
Ricardo Iribarren, Assistant Coach
Billy Thompson, Crew Soccer Academy Director of Coaching 

Toronto FC

Duncan Oughton, Assistant Coach

Seattle Sounders FC

Ezra Hendrickson, Assistant Coach

New York Red Bulls

Robin Fraser, Assistant Coach
John Wolyniec, Reserve Team Coach/Player Development Coordinator

LA Galaxy

Pat Noonan, Assistant Coach 

Real Salt Lake

Andy Williams, Head Scout

 

Lanús (Argentine Primera)

Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Head Coach  

Kaizer Chiefs (South African Premier League)

Doctor Khumalo, Youth Development Coach 

Indiana University

Todd Yeagley, Head Coach
Brian Maisonneuve, Assistant Coach

Penn State University

Bo Oshoniyi, Assistant Coach

University of New Mexico

Brandon Moss, Assistant Coach

Cornerstone University

Steven Herdsman, Assistant Coach

 

 

 

Photo Credits: USA Today Sports Images, Getty Images, IUHoosiers.com, Seattle Sounders FC
14 May 1:25 pm

Columbus Crew Defenders Drew Beckie, Chad Barson and Kyle Hyland stopped by the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio to visit families and volunteers. They took a tour of the house, passed out mini-soccer balls plus signed the wall in the newly renovated Columbus Crew workout room that was unveiled in March.

 

 

14 May 10:32 am

The 2013 edition of the Trillium Cup rivalry kicks off on Saturday (5:00 P.M./FOX Sports Ohio) between the Crew and Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto. The Black & Gold have owned the rivalry having only been defeated once in 16 meetings since it began with the Reds' expansion into MLS in 2007 and the Trillium Cup started as a bet between the cities' mayors in 2008. The teams have had a similar number of MLS All-Stars and Best XI selections, and though the Crew's large-market competitor has had twice the number of Designated Players, the Ontario side has yet to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs while the Black & Gold have won an MLS Cup and has been to the playoffs four times in the past six seasons.

  CLB TOR
Trillium Cups 4 1
Head-to-Head Record 8-1-7 1-8-7
Head-to-Head Goal Differential +9 -9
Overall Record (Pct.) 84-62-52 (.555) 46-93-59 (.381)
Playoff Appearances 4 0
MLS Cups 1 0
MLS Supporters' Shields 2 0
USOC/Canadian Championships 0 4
MLS All-Stars 8 8
MLS Best XI Selections 4 2
Designated Players 3 6
Homegrown Players 5 7

*All stats, 2007-2013

13 May 3:05 pm

The Crew swept Toronto FC in three matches last season, outscoring the Reds 5-2 in the process. Before the 2013 Trillium Cup series kicks off on Saturday (5:00 P.M./FOX Sports Ohio), here is a look back at the 2012 edition of the rivalry.

Mar. 31: TFC 0 - Crew 1

Bernardo Anor scored the match's lone goal as the Black & Gold topped Toronto FC 1-0.  Eric Gehrig stood tall in central defense, making the start on short notice for an injured Danny O'Rourke to help the Crew to the shutout.

AUG. 22: Crew 2 - TFC 1

In his first start for the Black & Gold, Federico Higuaín provided the assist on Eddie Gaven's fourth minute tally to put the Crew ahead early before adding a goal for himself in the second half. Luis Silva scored in 72nd minute to get one back for Toronto, but it wasn't enough as the Black & Gold re-claimed the Trillium Cup.

OCT. 28: Crew 2 - TFC 1

Higuaín scored a pair of tallies to propel the Crew to a 2-1 victory at Crew Stadium to close out the 2012 season. The playmaker's penalty kick broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute to secure the three points for the Black & Gold.

13 May 1:50 pm

Columbus Crew Owner/Director Lamar Hunt, Jr. and Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk paid a visit to Shady Lane Elementary School on Monday morning to inspire second graders to pursue college in their future. Frankie led the classes in a "We are MASSIVE!" chant before sharing his story of hard work in school and on the field. Lamar Hunt, Jr. then read the book "I Know I Can" aloud, which taught the children the importance of working hard toward a college education.

The event was part of the I Know I Can program, which helps Columbus City Schools students enter and succeed in college. Following the presentation. each of the students was given a voucher for a free ticket to an upcoming Crew match.

09 May 4:18 pm

Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk joined local sportscasters Clay Hall, David Wilkinson and Matt Barnes, along with Max & Erma's President Steve Weis, in the “Monster Meat” eating challenge benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus with Max & Erma’s & Ringling Bros. Thursday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center.

Hejduk and the others went head-to-head with seven Asian elephants in the competition, with the humans eating Max & Erma's sliders and the elephants devouring carrots, bread, watermelon and lettuce.

Lacking appetite, the former Crew and U.S. Men's National Team defender only finished four sliders to finish well-behind the sportscasters. The real winner in the end was the kids of Columbus as Max & Erma's donated $18,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs.