While the Black & Gold are not in action this weekend after finishing the 2013 MLS campaign on Sunday against the New England Revolution, the Crew's Youth programs will be taking over the Crew Stadium pitch on Saturday. The Crew Soccer Academy U-14, U-16 and U-18 will take on the CSA Wolves of Michigan tomorrow. Come get a glimpse of the Black & Gold's future as the U-18s kick-off the action at 11:00 a.m. ET, followed by the U-16s at 1:15 p.m. ET and the U-14s at 3:30 p.m. ET. Admission is free.
Additionally, it was a big week for Academy product Brandon Silva. The Bowling Green State University midfielder was named to the Capital One All-District Academic Team.
Crew legend and Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk's 15-year professional soccer career is profiled in the third issue of Overlap, a digital publication from the brains of Howler and MLSSoccer.com.
In the feature "Frankie Grows Up," Hejduk tells the stories behind his favorite memories found in a 26-pound box of press clippings sent from his parents in California showcasing his playing career and passion for surfing.
Overlap is now available for download on iPad, iPhone and Android tablets.
Dominic Oduro's left-footed volley against the Montreal Impact on April 14 has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Year. Among the first groups unveiled, Oduro's strike has been placed in Group C against Vancouver Whitecaps FC's Diago Kobayashi, Real Salt Lake's Yordany Alvarez and LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan.
Voting for Groups A-D is open until 11:59 pm PT, Thursday, October 31.
Dominic Oduro’s 13 goals this season are a career high and tied Andres Mendoza (2011) for the Crew’s highest goal-scoring output in the last five seasons. Oduro’s 13 tallies also marked third-highest goal-scoring clip for a player in his first year in a Crew jersey, trailing only Brian McBride with 17 goals in 1996 and Stern John, who scored 26 goals in 1998.
Tyson Wahl’s first season in Columbus was also a career year. 2013 was his eighth season in the League that began with Kansas City in 2006 before stops in Seattle, Montreal and Colorado. Wahl has made a career-high 24 appearances this year, including 23 starts. His 2,065 minutes are also a career high after posting 1,350 in 2012 while splitting time in Montreal and Colorado. Wahl has made 24 appearances, including 19 starts at leftback and has started the last five matches at centerback.
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The Crew has utilized young talent all season and three players have found consistent playing time for the Black & Gold this year. Rookie Homegrown Players Wil Trapp and Chad Barson have become stalwarts in the Crew lineup as Trapp made his 15th career start and Barson made his 20th in the match at New England. 25-year-old Bernardo Anor -- seeing a myriad of minutes in 2013 following the injury to Eddie Gaven -- could make his 20th start of the season (44th overall) as his 19 appearances this season are already a career high.
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Aaron Schoenfeld’s goal last Saturday in New England was his first career strike and a tally that earned him a nomination for AT&T Goal of the Week. Schoenfeld becomes the 12th different Crew player in 2013 to record a goal and fifth player in Black & Gold to record their first career goal in MLS this season, joining Ben Speas, Glauber, Ryan Finley and Matias Sanchez.
A BIT OF REVENGE AT STAKE ...
The Crew needed two positive results last weekend to stay afloat in the run for the MLS Cup Playoffs and unfortunately were eliminated from postseason contention ... the Crew fell 3-2 to the Revs on Saturday night and then Chicago defeated Toronto just after the final whistle in the Crew match ... even with a Crew win at New England, the Black & Gold would have been eliminated ... however, the loss to the Revs leaves the Crew with a feeling that New England kept the Crew from the postseason, giving plenty of motivation this weekend to return the favor.
DESPITE TWO LOSSES THIS YEAR, BLACK & GOLD HAVE REVS’ NUMBER ...
Sunday’s meeting will be the 60th regular-season meeting between the two teams, the Crew’s most-faced opponent during the season since 1996 ... the Crew’s 29 wins (29-19-11) against the Revs are the most versus any opponent in Black & Gold history, more than D.C. United (23 wins against), New York (24 wins against) or Sporting KC (21 wins).
... AND A STRONG STRETCH AGAINST THE REVS HAS HELPED
Although the Revs have won the regular-season series in 2013 with a pair of wins on July 20 and October 19, the Black & Gold have found success against the Revs over the last six seasons ... in the last 17 meetings, dating back to 2007, the Crew is 8-5-4 against the Revs ... during that stretch, the Crew has won the regular-season series four times and the two teams have split results two other times ... from 1996 through 2000, and again from 2002 through 2006, the two conference foes met four times a year.
Halloween is just around the corner, and that can mean only one thing: It’s time for MLS jack-o’-lanterns.
MLSsoccer.com is running its third annual MLS Pumpkin Carving Contest from Thursday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 30. One person's pumpkin carving will be selected based on style, creativity, originality, and its connection to MLS ie: club logos, players etc. The winner will receive one MLS jersey of his/her choice* from MLSGear.com, and the photo of their pumpkin will be featured on MLSsoccer.com on Halloween.
We want your best MLS-themed designs, so let your creative inner flame burn as brightly as your pumpkin's. Get it?
Here's how to enter:
- Take a picture of of your carved, MLS-themed pumpkin.
- Post the photo on Twitter/Instagram using the hashtag #MLSPumpkin.
- Finally, tell us why you chose the club, player, coach, etc. you carved into your pumpkin.
The winner will be notified on Wednesday, October 30 via direct message on Twitter, or in the comment section of your photo on Instagram.
Some inspiration from previous contests: Past Winners
Click here for full contest rules, and then sumbit your #MLSPumpkin today!
Crew players Justin Meram, Shawn Sloan and Eric Gehrig joined Frankie Hejduk on Monday to take over Fairbrook Elementary School during the annual “Crew Takes Over Your School” event. The players spent the afternoon assisting the children during lunch, participating in various activities during recess and teaching the children about the importance of staying active both mentally and physically through their Active Bodies, Active Minds assembly. Fairbrook Elementary was chosen as a result of their high participation in the Crew’s Educator Appreciation Night on June 15 which brought out more than 2,000 total educators through the Ohio Education Association.