Part of what makes soccer -- specifically MLS -- great is the camaraderie among the clubs, players and supporters. Just as the Nordecke shows up week-in and week-out to support the Black & Gold, the Crew shows its admiration for those who support the team through thick and thin. The Columbus Crew would like to extend an invitation to help a supporter during a difficult time.
English Crew supporter and friend of TheCrew.com Daniel Bidmead was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a type of cancer that attacks the body's immune system. Fighting the disease head-on, Bidmead has taken it upon himself to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support by having others shave their heads and wax their legs all in the name of charity.
Bidmead's goal is to raise £500 for the charity and he is well on his way to doing so thus far. Support Daniel and his "Bald for Bidmead" campaign by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/baldforbidmead.
With Saturday's MLS Cup Final between the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo looming, it only feels appropriate to revisit the only time Crew Stadium has hosted an MLS Cup Final.
On October 21, 2001, the San Jose Earthquakes outlasted Sigi Schmid's LA Galaxy 2-1 to win MLS Cup behind eventual Cup MVP Dwayne De Rosario's golden goal six minutes into the first overtime period. Landon Donovan also scored for Frank Yallop's Earthquakes, while Luis Hernández tallied for the Galaxy. The victory marked the first of four MLS Cups wins for De Rosario and Donovan. Donovan will be competing for his fifth title on Saturday.
Others who were involved in this historic that will take part in the Final on Saturday include Houston Dynamo Head Coach and then-San Jose assistant Dominic Kinnear (seen hoisting Frank Yallop onto his shoulders in the photo above) and Houston assistant Wade Barrett, who was an Earthquake defender in 2001 (#24 above).
On Saturday, be sure to tune into the Final between the Galaxy and Dynamo at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The United States U-17 Men's National Team kicked off the 2012 Nike International Friendlies Wednesday night in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with an eight goal draw against South American power Brazil. Crew Soccer Academy Wolves product Ahinga Selemani seemingly scored the winning tally in the 81st minute, just 11 minutes after coming on as a second half substitute. However, Brazil got the equalizer three minutes later when Murilo headed Indio's free kick past U.S. goalkeeper Paul Christensen to cement the 4-4 result. CSA alum and Grove City native Ben Swanson went the full 90 minutes in Richie Williams' midfield.
The U.S. U-17s resume play in the series against Turkey on Friday.
The Crew Soccer Academy U-16 and U-18 squads were idle once again this week ahead of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Winter Showcase in Sarasota, Florida next weekend. Similarly, the U-16, U-17 and U-18 Crew Juniors Gold girls squads will head to Raleigh, North Carolina for the CASL Women's Showcase Soccer Series.
Ben Swanson, CSA Wolves product Ahinga Selemani and the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team have a busy week ahead. The Stars and Stripes host Brazil on Wednesday, Turkey on Friday and Portugal on Sunday for the 2012 edition of the Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
On the college stage, CSA product Eric Erb excelled on the field and in the classroom during his senior season at Case Western Reserve University. The Worthington native registered four goals and two assists to go with his 3.96 grade point average as a nutritional biochemistry and chemistry double-major to earn Capital One Academic All- District VII First Team and Second-Team All-UAA honors this season. On Tuesday, Erb added to his accolades by earning a spot on the Capital One Academic All-American team.
Erb was an instrumental player on the U-19 and U-20 teams that won the national championships in 2010 for Crew Juniors. He played on the U-17 team that won the Ohio South State Cup. Coached by Billy Thompson for a number of years, Thompson said this of Erb: "Eric always had a great work rate and a fantastic attitude. He gave 100% every time he stepped in the field – committed to getting better every day.”
The NCAA Division I Tournament held its Sweet Sixteen round on Sunday while the Division III tourney was idle in preparation for next weekend's Final Four. Here are how the remaining Crew Youth alumni performed in the Sweet Sixteen:
No. 5 AKRON -- Chad Barson, Wil Trapp (Assist), Eric Stevenson, Tommy Schmitt, Andrew Souders, Alex Ranalli (DNP), Andrian MacAdams (DNP): 1-1 (5-4) L vs. Creighton in NCAA Sweet Sixteen
No. 10 LOUISVILLE -- Alex Obbey (Assist): 2-1 W vs. Northwestern in NCAA Sweet Sixteen
No. 1 NOTRE DAME -- Connor Klekota (DNP): 2-1 L vs. Indiana in NCAA Sweet Sixteen
No. 3 GEORGETOWN -- David Witkoff (DNP): 1-0 (4-2) W vs.Syracuse in NCAA Sweet Sixteen
MESSIAH (DIII) -- Luke Helmuth, Jack Thompson and Logan Thompson: November 30 vs. Loras in Final Four
OHIO NORTHERN (DIII) -- Ryan Sabol and Austin Windsor: November 30 vs. Williams in Final Four
MESSIAH WOMEN (DIII) -- Mackenzie Clapper: November 30 vs. Misericordia in Final Four
*CSA Manager Karen Crognale contributed to this article
Crew games, International friendlies, sell-out concerts, OHSAA FInals -- Crew Stadium has hosted it all, but Friday will mark the first-ever NCAA Division I football game in the "House that Lamar Built" when Bowling Green squares off against Mid-American Conference rival Buffalo.
Hosting college football has long been a goal for the stadium operations staff.
"On the operations side, we've been trying for a few years to get a MAC game and it's very exciting to bring this level of football to Crew Stadium for the first time," Crew Stadium Senior Director of Stadium Business Development Ryan Smith said. "It's definitely going to be an exciting game. I think the matchup is exciting, and it will be very good for our stadium to expand on on the diverse style of events that we host. This is just an extension of the diverse calendar we try to bring to Crew Stadium."
With a 7-4 record, a win on Friday over Buffalo would further Bowling Green's chances of a bowl bid. Kickoff is slated for 2:00 p.m. ET.
NBC4's Monica Day visited the Crew's training ground in Obetz recently to find out how the Black & Gold are raising awareness for men's health issues through the Movember campaign. The package was featured on the station's morning show on Tuesday.
For more information, visit the Crew's Movember page.
The Crew Soccer Academy U-16 and U-18 squads were idle this week. After 12 matches, the U-16s sit in fifth place in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Central Conference Mid-America Division with 18 points. The CSA Wolves lead the division on 31 points. In the U-18 age group, CSA is in eighth place on the table with 16 points and the CSA Wolves are in sixth place with 20 points.
The Pre-Academy 16s & 18s and the Gold 16s, 17s, 18s Boys teams started their seasons at the CASL College Showcase in Raleigh, North Carolina this past weekend. This is one of the top events and College Showcases in the country with over 300 college coaches attending. The event was a great start to the season and a success overall for the teams providing good competition, college recruiting exposure and professional expectations.
Ben Swanson, CSA Wolves product Ahinga Selemani, Carter Richardson and the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team will host Brazil, Turkey, and Portugal November 28 - December 4 in Florida. The friendlies take place during U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, which CSA will be attending.
Selemani, a striker, committed to play his college career at Michigan State on Wednesday night.
In the college ranks, the NCAA Tournament began on Thursday and resumed through the weekend. Here is how all the CSA alumni and their teams fared:
(Seeded teams receive First Round bye)
No. 5 AKRON -- Chad Barson, Wil Trapp, Eric Stevenson, Tommy Schmitt, Andrew Souders, Alex Ranalli (DNP), Andrian MacAdams (DNP):
2-1 W vs. Michigan in NCAA Second Round, Goalscorers: Stevenson, Schmitt
SOUTH FLORIDA -- Eric Osswald: 0-0 (3-2 PK) W DNP vs. FGCU in First Round
1-0 L DNP vs. Tulsa in Second Round
No. 10 LOUISVILLE -- Alex Obbey: 5-0 W vs. Winthrop in Second Round
No. 15 WAKE FOREST -- Andy Lubahn: 2-1 L DNP vs. Coastal Carolina in Second Round
No. 1 NOTRE DAME -- Connor Klekota: 3-0 W DNP vs. Michigan State in Second Round
No. 3 GEORGETOWN -- David Witkoff: 1-0 W DNP vs. Charlotte in Second Round
XAVIER -- Matt Walker, Will Walker, Rhodes Moore, Nick Hagglund: 1-0 W vs. Kentucky in First Round, Goalscorer: Spencer (W. Walker)
4-1 L vs. No. 16 Indiana, Goalscorer: M. Walker (Spencer)
BOSTON COLLEGE -- Justin Luthy: 1-0 L vs. Northeastern, 6 saves in First Round
No. 6 UCLA -- Matt Wiet 5-2 L DNP vs. San Diego in Second Round
MESSIAH (DIII) -- Luke Helmuth, Jack Thompson and Logan Thompson: 2-2 (4-2 PK) W vs. York in Sweet Sixteen
3-0 W vs. Scranton in Elite Eight
OHIO NORTHERN (DIII) -- Ryan Sabol and Austin Windsor: 4-1 W vs. Susquehanna in Sweet Sixteen
2-1 W vs. Montclair St. in Elite Eight
MESSIAH WOMEN (DIII) -- Mackenzie Clapper: 5-0 W vs. MIT in Sweet Sixteen
3-0 W vs. Johns Hopkins in Elite Eight
The Crew family welcomed its newest addition on Monday at 11:43 a.m. with the birth of Hudson Richard Ansley, the son of TheCrew.com Editor T.J. Ansley and his wife Kelly. Little Hudson weighed-in at 5 lbs., 15 oz. and measured at 19.25 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well, while T.J. claimed to be hungry.
Hudson has already been given plenty of Crew-related gear, including this custom "Hudson Street Ansley" onesie in case he decides to join the Hudson Street Hooligans in his future.