Like Brian Bliss and Duncan Oughton, Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer weighed in on his All-Time MLS Best XI. Hesmer deviated from Bliss and Oughton's 3-5-2 formation to go with a 4-1-4-1 look. The veteran 'keeper chose a very American-laden lineup with the exception of Canadian Dwayne De Rosario and former Crew teammate Guillermo Barros Schelotto, check it out:
William Hesmer's All-Time MLS XI (4-1-4-1)
|DF||Carlos Bocanegra||Kasey Keller|
|DF||Chad Marshall||Ryan Nelsen|
|DF||Jeff Agoos||Wade Barrett|
|CDM||Brian Michael Carroll||Marco Etcheverry|
|RW||Landon Donovan||Shalrie Joseph|
|CAM||Dwayne De Rosario||
|CAM||Guillermo Barros essssSchelotto||Jaime Moreno|
|LW||Clint Dempsey||Coach: Jeff Cunningham|
As part of MLS Supporters Week, former MLSers and Crew front office personnel Brian Bliss and Duncan Oughton took the time out of their Monday to choose their All-Time MLS Best XIs. Bliss took the time to list all the candidates he felt were qualified at each position and narrowed the list down one by one. Oughton went the extra mile and included a bench to his list.
Check it out:
Brian Bliss' All-Time MLS XI (3-5-2)
Duncan Oughton's All-Time MLS XI (3-5-2)
|DF||Ryan Nelsen (love for a fellow Kiwi)||Tim Howard|
|DF||Frankie Hejduk||Carlos Bocanegra|
|CDM||Peter Nowak||Chris Armas|
|LM||Mark Chung||Ross Paule|
|CM||Marco Etcheverry||Robert Warzycha (or I might lose my job!)|
|RM||Clint Dempsey||Stern John|
|CAM||Guillermo Barros Schelotto||Jeff Cunningham|
(Note: Oughton only chose ex-MLS players)
Check back TheCrew.com throughout the week for more Crew personalities' All-Time MLS Best XIs.
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.
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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?"
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.
FREE Showing of the Jay Demerit Story at Capital University on Friday, April 27th at 7:00pm.
Rise and Shine follows the inspirational journey of Jay DeMerit from the 9th division of English football to the World Cup. It is a terrific story and one that every player & fan will love! ALSO..... Jay will be in town with the Whitecaps to play the Crew the next night and if his travel plans allow he may stop by the screening.
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Crew legend Brian McBride will help relive some of the great USA-Mexico memories in The Legends Classic taking place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on Sunday. McBride will join former US Men's National Team mainstays Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda, and Cobi Jones to face former Mexico stars in the weekend exhibition. Of McBride's 30 career goals for the US, two came against El Tri. McBride also played in both of the famous "Dos a Cero" World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico that took place at Crew Stadium.
Along with two consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year awards, add being named one of Cosmopolitan's "Hot Soccer Players We Can't Resist" to Ethan Finlay's list of accolades. The rookie midfielder is joined on the list of Cosmo's favorite MLS players with the likes of David Beckham, Benny Feilhaber, and Chris Wondolowski.
"It's made me really humble," Finlay said of the honor. "It's nice when someone besides your girlfriend thinks you're attractive."
According to Finlay, his better half took it well, "She loved it. She put it on her Facebook."
Finlay's spot on the list didn't come without some teasing from his Crew teammates.
"They were telling me I shouldn't be practicing today, I'm too pretty," the Creighton product said after practice on Tuesday. "They're giving me a hard time, but I guess it comes with the honor."
One teammate who's not giving Finlay any grief is captain Chad Marshall, whose locker resides next to the rookie midfielder:
— chad marshall (@ChadMarshall14) April 9, 2012
When asked what advice he'd give to single men in Columbus, Finlay responded, "My advice: be you. Personality goes farther than the looks in the end."
After all, perhaps it was Finlay's personality that landed him on Cosmo's prestigious list.
"Hopefully it wasn't just my looks. Hopefully they like what they heard about my personality, but who knows?"