It's never too early to look forward to the next World Cup cycle.
ESPNFC's Jeff Carlisle has listed the Crew's Wil Trapp as one of "10 U.S. stars to watch for in 2018." Among others, the 21-year-old reigning U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year is listed along with New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe (pictured above with Trapp), Bayern Munich winger Julian Green and Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin in Carlisle's projection.
Here's what U.S. U-20 Men's National Team Head Coach and World Cup veteran Tab Ramos had to say about Trapp's future in the article:
"I think Wil Trapp will be a professional for the next 15 years, and I’m hoping he's the next guy to make a jump to the first team because he does all the things right. He connects the team better than anyone. He's always there. He's always in the right place, and when the ball gets to him, he puts it in an even better place. He's a Xavi kind of player. Obviously you can't compare him to Xavi because he's been doing it for the last 15 years, but he's that kind of guy. He connects the dots like that."
Head Athletic Trainer Craig Devine has had a busy first week on the job in his second stint with the Black & Gold. Previously, he served as a physical therapist and Head Athletic Trainer for six seasons with the Black & Gold from 2000-2005. He’s now five sessions into the 2014 preseason working alongside second-year Assistant Athletic Trainer Steven Purcell and spoke with TheCrew.com on Thursday evening.
Learn more about Devine, his interest in the advancements in sports medicine and why on October 24, 2002 he ended up with a buzz cut following an important Crew victory.
For more on Devine, be sure to check out his bio.
Ahead of the U.S. Men's National Team's friendly against South Korea on Saturday (5:00 p.m. ET/ESPN 2, UniMas), Sports Illustrated soccer writer Grant Wahl caught up with Crew defender Michael Parkhurst to talk about his return to MLS and his World Cup aspirations in 2014. Parkhurst has been in Carson, Calif. training with the National Team since Monday and could figure to be in the starting lineup on Saturday. The 30-year old defender is likely to re-join Crew training camp following the friendly.
Steve Clark joined the Crew via a trade with Seattle Sounders FC back in December. Now in his first preseason camp with the Black & Gold, get to know Clark with some insider questions about his off-the-field favorites.
STEVE CLARK QUICK-FIRE FAVORITES
Coffee or tea in the morning?
Early riser or sleeping in on an off-day?
SC: Sleeping in, maybe until 10 a.m.
Best gift card to receive as a gift and use?
SC: Barnes and Noble.
Favorite historical figure you’ve studied?
SC: Ulysses S. Grant.
WATCH: Clark’s highlights from his playing experience in Norway
Favorite soccer match-up on TV to watch outside of MLS?
SC: Liverpool versus Everton.
Most recent movie you saw?
SC: District 9.
Place you’d most want to play a round of golf?
SC: Playing my home course with my dad and brothers.
Which professional goalkeeper did Clark look up to as a younger player? What type of books does the 27-year-old prefer reading? How many siblings did he grow up with? Learn more by checking out Clark’s bio.
And for audio from his chat with TheCrew.com back in December, be sure to listen and hear about his decision to return stateside.
Crew President Mark McCullers joins the Fn' A Show on 95.5 The Game to talk stadium upgrades and the Black & Gold's offseason.
Recently arrived Assistant Coach Rob Maaskant talks with TheCrew.com's Tim Miller about his decision to join the Black & Gold following several years as a Head Coach in Europe.