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10 April 10:31 am

For the first time in his life, Crew midfielder Hector Jimenez is adjusting to life outside of California. Born in Huntington Park outside of Los Angeles, raised in Bell Gardens, schooled at Cal-Berkeley and spending the first three years of his career with the LA Galaxy, Jimenez is anxious to return to the Golden State this weekend when the Crew faces the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday (3:00 p.m. ET / UniMas, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel).

Jimenez is anticipating many of his friends and family in attendance at Buck Shaw Stadium, making the five-hour drive from Southern California. 

"This is a game that when I was in LA, I looked forward to the most," Jimenez said after the Crew's Wednesday training session. "I trained with [the Earthquakes] during the summer and stuff like that. It'll be a good game for me, my family is coming up. The team is excited. Hopefully we can get on a winning streak again."

Winning two MLS Supporters' Shields in three seasons with the Galaxy, Jimenez can't help but view the 'Quakes as a rival.

I think [Galaxy vs. Earthquakes] is one of the biggest rivalries in the League, to be honest, during those years I was in LA. It's a team that you go and play at their field, they don't want to lose points."

This weekend marks the only trip the Crew will make to California this season as it hosts the Galaxy and Chivas USA in Columbus later in 2014. Jimenez will surely make the most of his limited return home. 

"Just California, the sunshine," answered when asked what he missed most about the Golden State.

"I went to school in the Bay Area. I have a lot of friends still there, so it will be good to see them and play well in front of them."

05 March 2:43 pm

Soon after the Crew's 2014 primary kit was unveiled for Season Ticket Members and media at Bar Louie in the Arena District Tuesday night, club President Mark McCullers shared his excitement for the new jersey. The new kit's homage to the team's identity as "The Yellow Soccer Team" with Crew Gold and a few new features give it a classic, yet modern feel.

"I love the new jersey," McCullers said. "The gradient diamond pattern and our classic Crew Gold with black accents, I think it's just different enough but classic enough also.

"You see the gold you know it's the Crew."

The new primary kit is now available online and at the Crew Gear Store at Crew Stadium.

28 February 9:03 am

Goalkeeper Matt Lampson talks about the Black & Gold's team bonding at Medieval Times.

26 February 4:16 pm

A sneak peek at what you can expect to see during MLS Jersey Week 2014.

20 February 12:02 pm

11 February 5:07 pm

A few players stopped by Crew Stadium on Tuesday afternoon to participate in marketing and video board shoots ahead of the upcoming season. Take a gander at some of the behind-the-scenes content from Instagram and look out for some of the videos to be featured during the 2014 season on Crew Stadium's new video board.

07 February 10:07 am

Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk is no stranger to alternative modes of four-wheel transportation.The Southern California native can typically be seen every Friday during the summer months carving up the sidewalks of High Street, spreading his "Crew love" around Columbus on his skateboard while stopping into his favorite coffee shops and brew pubs. 

Currently in Florida with the team for preseason training, Hejduk couldn't resist the urge to join some skaters at a local skatepark in Bradenton when the Black & Gold took part in beach training on Thursday. Hejduk took matters into his own hands, purchasing a board from a nearby pawn shop. This was the result of Brand Ambassador's impulse buy:

04 February 3:54 pm

After three seasons in Chicago, Daniel Paladini joined the Crew on December 20, 2013. The 29-year-old caught-up with TheCrew.com during the Bradenton preseason trip so fans could get to know him better. 
 
Coffee or tea in the morning?   
DP: Coffee.  
  
Early riser or sleeping in on an off-day?   
DP: Up early 

Best gift card to receive as a gift and use?  
DP: Starbucks or Best Buy 
    
Favorite soccer match-up on TV to watch outside of MLS?  
DP: Real Madrid versus Barcelona  

Most recent movie you saw?  
DP: Captain Phillips 
  
One of the more memorable rounds of 18 holes? 
DP: In Hawaii at Kaanapali Golf Course. 
 
Celebrity you’d most want to have following you on social media?
DP: Russell Wilson, and not just because he just won a Super Bowl. He’s a man of faith. 

How long did the tattoos on his arm take to complete? What are two of the best concerts he’s ever been to? Which former Crew player and current MLS player is Paladini’s sister married to? Learn more by checking out Paladini’s bio.

 

03 February 11:26 am

Crew Chairman and Investor-Operator Anthony Precourt recently talked at length with FOX Sports' Kyle McCarthy about his first few months owning the club and the updates coming to Crew Stadium in 2014. Everything from Michael Bradley's move to Toronto to the club's crest are covered in the interview.

READ MORE AT FOX SPORTS

02 February 10:30 am

At just 25-years-old, Crew newcomer Hector Jimenez already has two MLS Cup rings to his name. He was acquired along with a First Round 2014 MLS SuperDraft selection (14th overall) from the LA Galaxy in a deal two days before this year’s SuperDraft.

Now in his first season with the Black & Gold, he caught-up with TheCrew.com so fans could get to know him better. 
 
Coffee or tea in the morning?   
HJ: Coffee.  
  
Early riser or sleeping in on an off-day?   
HJ: Sleeping in. 

Best gift card to receive as a gift and use?  
HJ: Best Buy 
  
Favorite historical figure you’ve studied?  
HJ: I’m not a big fan of history!  
   
Favorite soccer match-up on TV to watch outside of MLS?  
HJ: Brazil-Argentina 
  
Most recent movie you saw?  
HJ: Lone Survivor  
  
iPhone or Android? 

HJ: iPhone 
 
Favorite gameday meal?
HJ: Chicken and pasta 

Which former European soccer player – now in MLS – did Jimenez grow up rooting for? What were three of his favorite places he’s traveled to, all in one trip? What two musical artists take up plenty of space on his iPod? Learn more by checking out Jimenez’s bio.