FOX Sports Ohio's Duncan Oughton previews the Pioneer Cup:
For those soccer players who like to support a good cause, you should check out the Heroes Cup 6v6 adult soccer tournament taking place at Buckeye Lake on June 23rd and 24th. The event honors Columbus native Shawn Hannon who recently lost his life while serving in Afghanistan.
To learn more, visit 6v6soccer.com.
While interviewing Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum for today's feature on Eric Gehrig and Josh Williams, the Hebrew Hammer offered up his assessment of the evolution of Gehrig and Williams' game based on their hairstyles.
Check it out:
The CW Star, Kaitlin, has an all-access pass to the Crew games and will show you the behind the scenes stuff you don't see on gamedays. This episode is all about the broadcast. Kaitlin talks with FOX Sports Ohio's Duncan Oughton and Ashleigh Ignelzi.
View more Crew Access at CWColumbus.com
Earlier this week, current and former Crew players and staff ruled that Eddie Gaven has a better beard than former Crew midfielder Adam Moffat in Steve Sirk's The Massive Court.
Now Eddie will challege Portland's Timber Joey in a facial hair faceoff, but this time the fans will have their say. So we ask, "Who has the better beard: Eddie Gaven or Timber Joey?"
TopDrawerSoccer.com released its newest rankings for the class of 2015 earlier this week. Two Crew Soccer Academy players come in ranked in the top 100.
Goalkeeper Patrick Siegfried is ranked No.42 overall in the class and is the fourth-ranked goalkeeper in 2015. Just behind Siegfried is fellow 'keeper Carter Richardson. The Dublin native is the sixth-ranked goalie in the class and the 55th ranked prospect overall.
Check out the entire list here.
Now that the month of April is over who is your player of the month?
Choose between rookie Aaron Schoenfeld working his way into the starting lineup, veteran Eddie Gaven for his two goals against Houston, Josh Williams making his first two MLS starts, Chad Marshall anchoring the backline and Danny O'Rourke coming back from injury to stabalize the midfield.
On Saturday, Sebastian Miranda will face off against Sebastien Le Toux when Vancouver Whitecaps FC visits Crew Stadium, sparking the question:
Who is your favorite Sebastian?
As I was checking out videos of my soon-to-be alma mater last night, I stumbled upon this video of Crew midfielder Danny O'Rourke talking with Michelle Beadle (now with ESPN) and Greg Amsinger (now with MLB Network) on CSTV's on "The 1 College Sports Show" following the 2005 MLS SuperDraft:
O'Rourke won back-to-back National Championships with the Hoosiers in 2003 and 2004. The 2003 Indiana team, Jerry Yeagley's final season at the helm, featured nine players that went on to play in MLS: John-Michael Hayden, Ned Grabavoy, Brian Plotkin, Josh Tudela, Drew Moor, Jay Nolly, Jacob Peterson, and Jed Zayner, in addition to O'Rourke.
That leads to this week's poll question: Which is the greatest college team to feature a former Crew player?
2003 Indiana Hoosiers- see above.
2005 Maryland Terrapins - In Robbie Rogers only year of collegiate soccer, he teamed with future US Men's National Team and Rangers star Maurice Edu, the LA Galaxy's A.J. DeLaGarza, Seattle Sounders FC's Marc Burch, D.C. United's Stephen King, Sporting KC's Graham Zusi, FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz, and former Crew forward Jason Garey to win the 2005 College Cup.
2010 Akron Zips - Before transferring to North Carolina to win his second-straight NCAA title, Ben Speas played played a part in Akron's 2010 National Championship team that included eight other players that are currently featured on MLS rosters: D.C. United's Perry Kitchen and Chris Korb, Vancouver Whitcaps FC's Darren Mattocks and Michael Nanchoff, Houston Dynamo's Kofi Sarkodie, Portland Timbers' Darlington Nagbe, Montreal Impact FC's Zarek Valentin, and San Jose Earthquakes' Anthony Ampaipitakwong.
1992 UCLA Bruins- Coached by former Crew boss Sigi Schmid, it's hard to imagine this team featuring freshman Frankie Hejduk and future US National Team members Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis, Joe-Max Moore, and Anté Razov didn't win a National Championship. The team also featured former MLS players Jorge Salcedo, Tayt Ianni, Zak Ibsen, Chris Snitko and Sean Henderson as well as Stanford University's women's soccer coach Paul Ratcliffe. The Bruins lost in their opening NCAA Tourney match against eventual runner-up San Diego.