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:
The lottery is up to $640 million, hear what Crew rookie midfielder Ethan Finlay would do if he hit the jackpot.
Crew Rookie Kevan George returned to Columbus on Wednesday after serving international duty for the Trinidad & Tobago U23 squad for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Los Angeles. Though the U23 Soca Warriors failed to move on to the next round of qualifying in Kansas City, George's time with the T&T U23s provided valuable experience.
"It was a phenomenal experience overall," George said of his time with the Soca Warriors. "I learned to play with different players and adapt to different roles that the coaches wanted me to perform."
After going 90 minutes in all three of T&T's qualifying matches, the rookie midfielder is happy to be back with the Black & Gold.
"I missed being around the guys and training with the team I was drafted with. I'm just happy to be (in Columbus) again," George said Thursday.
With both a first team and a reserve match this weekend in Toronto, George could see minutes with the Crew in some capacity.
Following Thursday's training session, Eric Gehrig, Justin Meram, and Josh Williams brought a little basketball to the pitch, check it out:
It's never to late to scout the enemy.
Check out highlights from Toronto FC's 1-1 draw against Santos Laguna in CONCACAF Champions League last night: