On the heels of a whirlwind rookie season, the Crew's Wil Trapp has been nominated for the U.S. Soccer Federation's 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year award. In addition to sharing captain duties for the United States at the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, Trapp emerged as a mainstay in the Black & Gold midfield in the second half of the 2013 season. Trapp's competition for the award includes the Colorado Rapids' Shane O'Neill, FC Dallas' Kellyn Acosta and U.S. U-17 National Team defenders Shaquell Moore and Erik Palmer-Brown. Past winners of the award include Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.
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Trapp was the consistent backbone of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team throughout the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Trapp scored the game-winning goal during the USA’s 4-2 quarterfinal win against Canada on Feb. 26 to clinch a U-20 World Cup berth. He also earned 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Best XI honors as the U.S. took second place at the tournament in Puebla, Mexico. At the U-20 World Cup, Trapp wore the captain’s armband when the USA posted a 1-1 draw against eventual tournament winner France on June 24. The Gahanna, Ohio, native and former Crew Soccer Academy player completed his first Major League Soccer season with the Columbus Crew, earning 15 starts and recording an assist while manning the central midfield. His MLS debut came on July 7 as he started during the Crew’s 1-0 victory against the Portland Timbers.
Get ready for Tuesday's friendly in Vienna between the United States and Austria with highlights of the first U.S. win over Austria back in 1998. Crew legends Frankie Hejduk and Brian McBride joined Claudio Reyna on the scoresheet to help lift the Yanks to victory.
With time on his hands during the offseason, Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson recently took advantage of the time away from the training ground to pen a blog for the Huffington Post about his fight and triumph over Stage 4B Hodgkins Lymphoma. Lampson details the hurdles he faced following the diagnosis and his efforts to fight the disease with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The Crew and Crew Stadium have been nominated for three of Columbus Underground's Best of 2013 awards in the magazine's annual survey of all things Columbus. After another successful year of Rock on the Range and a sold-out Kenny Chesney concert, Crew Stadium is up for Best Local Music Venue while the 2014 World Cup Qualifier between the USA and Mexico at Crew Stadium is nominated for Best Event or Festival. Additionally, the Black & Gold are up for Best Sports Team.
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Frankie Hejduk and Matt Lampson joined forces with the YMCA of Central Ohio as celebrity riders for their annual RideSTRONG event which raised more than $85,000 for LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a program offered at no cost to cancer survivors. The program allows survivors to move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.
The Houston Dynamo announced Thursday that the Crew's Danny O'Rourke and Frankie Hejduk have been added to the star-studded list of players that will be attending in The Brian Ching Testimonial Match at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on December 13. Other stars that will be sending Ching off in style include Landon Donovan, Dwayne de Rosario, Chris Wondolowski and Jimmy Conrad.
As a rookie, O'Rourke played alongside Ching with the San Jose Earthquakes during the 2005 season before the first MLS incarnation of the 'Quakes moved to Houston in 2006. Hejduk and Ching represented the United States on several occassions together, including the 2009 edition of "Dos a Cero" against Mexico at Crew Stadium.
Ching's testimonial will benefit the Dynamo legend's charitable initiative, The House That Ching Built, and Habitat for Humanity.
Though MLS Cup has yet to be played for, the silly season of trade rumors has already begun. According to a report from Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl on Wednesday, Seattle Sounders FC is shopping U.S. Men's National Team forward Eddie Johnson. Since returning to MLS following a three-year stint in Europe, the 29-year-old Johnson scored 14 goals in 2012 and nine in 2013 and has seen a resurgence in his international career under Jürgen Klinsmann.
However, Johnson has shown he's not pleased with his salary situation, as evidenced by his "pay me" celebration following his game-winning goal against the Crew on August 31 in Columbus.
Would Johnson be a good fit for the Black & Gold? Like Dominic Oduro, Johnson can play either up top or on the wing to stretch defenses with his speed. Johnson will likely require a high price tag upon departing Seattle, probably more than the Crew would be willing to spend if new Sporting Director Gregg Berhalter hopes to retain Oduro, who is coming off a career year with the Black & Gold after scoring 13 goals.
Johnson scored at Crew Stadium twice in 2013, both with the Sounders and the U.S. National Team, and the charismatic forward has been complimentary of Columbus in the past.
What do you think, Crew fans? Despite the salary cap hurdles. do you want to see Johnson in Black & Gold next season? Comment below.
Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter joined MLSsoccer.com's ExtraTime Radio podcast yesterday to talk about the Crew's new direction heading into the offseason.