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19 March 9:40 am

Though his Wolverines were knocked out by the Ohio Bobcats in their opening game of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Justin Meram currently leads the Crew bracket challenge after two rounds with 124 total points. No one's bracket was hit harder by upsets than Tom Heinemann's. The St. Louis native had the Missouri Tigers winning in the National Championship, but Mizzou was shocked by 15-seed Nofolk State on Friday. However, Heinemann tied Meram in correctly predicting eleven of the Sweet 16 teams. Cole Grossman currently sits in last place after his Duke Blue Devils were upset by Lehigh in their Second Round matchup.

The complete standings:

  1. Justin Meram:              124 points
  2. Ethan Finlay:                116
  3. Josh Williams:              111
  4. Tom Heinemann:          108
  5. Eric Gehrig:                  107
  6. Cole Grossman:           102

Possible points: 176

15 March 10:40 am

After today's training session, there will likely be a lot of trash talking going on in the Crew locker room regarding March Madness.

Here is a list of Crew players with rooting interests in the tournament:

 

Kentucky: Andy Gruenebaum

North Carolina: Ben Speas, Kirk Urso

Duke: Cole Grossman

Ohio State: Matthew Lampson

Indiana: Rich Balchan, Danny O'Rourke

Louisville: Aaron Horton

Michigan: Justin Meram

Creighton: Ethan Finlay

UConn: Julius James

Virginia: Tony Tchani

University of South Florida: Bernardo Anor, Aubrey Perry

 

Supplemental draft pick Jamie Finch, a former Washington Husky, is still unsure of who to root for:

 

 

13 March 6:12 pm

 

March Madness hits Columbus Friday afternoon as the Second and Third Rounds of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship tips off of Nationwide Arena. To get in the spirit, Crew players filled out brackets after Tuesday's training session.

To no surprise, five out of six players chose the overall number-one seed Kentucky Wildcats to take the crown in New Orleans next month.

Let's take a look at some of the brackets:


Rookie winger Ethan Finlay rode his Creighton Bluejays all the way to the Elite Eight.


Eric Gehrig claims he was rushed in filling out his bracket, predicting three of the four one seeds would reach the Final Four.


Looking for a couple of Second Round upsets, Josh Williams thinks New Mexico State will upset Indiana, VCU will beat Wichita State, and NC State will surprise San Diego State.


Cole Grossman held out belief his Duke Blue Devils would win their fourth National Championship, but reconsidered and chose Kentucky to win it all.


Columbus's favorite Wolverine, Justin Meram, talked the talk for Michigan. However, he doesn't have the Maize and Blue making it past the Sweet 16.


Home is where the heart is for Tom Heinemann, the Missouri native predicts the Mizzou Tigers will be dancing to "One Shining Moment" in New Orleans.

 

The Scoring System:

  • 3 points for each team correctly picked to advance to the Round of 32.
  • 5 points for each team picked in the Sweet 16.
  • 10 points for each team in the Elite 8.
  • 25 points for each team in the Final 4.
  • 50 points for each team in the National Championship.
  • 100 points for correctly picking the National Champion.

Stay tuned to TheCrew.com to see which player will have bragging rights around Crew Stadium.

08 March 12:43 pm

EA SPORTS simulated the 2012 MLS season and crowned the LA Galaxy MLS Cup champs already as well as a third straight Supporters Shield. But lucky for the rest of MLS that we have to let the play on the pitch handle who wins it all. The simulation also predicts that the Crew will finish tied for second with Sporting KC in the Eastern Conference with 59 pts while scoring 47 goals and only giving up 33 goals. EA SPORTS also predicts that Black & Gold midfielder Milovan Mirosevic will notch 10 goals on the season. 

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Eastern Conference

Team GP W T L GF GA GD PTS
Red Bulls 34 18 9 7 60 29 31 66
Columbus 34 17 8 9 47 33 14 59
Kansas City 34 17 8 9 43 31 12 59
Houston 34 17 7 10 46 39 7 58
Chicago 34 14 6 14 45 45 0 48
Philadelphia 34 11 10 13 38 47 -9 43
Toronto 34 10 10 14 36 44 -8 40
D.C. United 34 8 11 15 35 46 -11 35
New England 34 7 7 20 25 57 -32 28
Montreal 34 5 10 19 29 51 -22 25

Western Conference

Team GP W T L GF GA GD PTS
Los Angeles 34 22 9 3 62 21 41 75
Real Salt Lake 34 19 11 4 61 26 35 68
Dallas 34 13 11 10 47 42 5 50
Seattle 34 14 8 12 47 44 3 50
Colorado 34 12 9 13 41 45 -4 45
Chivas USA 34 11 8 15 41 51 -10 41
San Jose 34 9 12 13 39 46 -7 39
Vancouver 34 7 14 13 40 49 -9 35
Portland 34 6 6 22 31 67 -36 24

Top Goal Scorers

Player Team G  
Robbie Keane Los Angeles 19  
Dwayne De Rosario D.C. United 18  
Fredy Montero Seattle 17  
Landon Donovan Los Angeles 15  
Danny Koevermans Toronto 14  
Chris Wondolowski San Jose 12  
Thierry Henry Red Bulls 11  
Eric Hassli Vancouver 11  
Milovan Mirosevic Columbus 10  
Juan Agudelo Red Bull

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05 March 6:12 pm

Crew rookie and UNC grad Kirk Urso is doing a little bragging now that UNC beat Cole Grossman's alma mater Duke to win the regular season ACC title. Listen to what the bet was between the two midfielders and what Cole must do now to pay up.

04 March 10:39 am

Crew President & GM Mark McCullers talks after the rain shortened Carolina Challenge Cup. Mark touches on player acquisitions, home grown players, Academy and the 2012 season.

The 2012 season kicks off on Saturday, March 10th in Colorado as the Crew take on the Rapids.

03 March 1:06 pm

Duke grad Cole Grossman talks preseason training now in his second season and talks about the smack talk UNC grad Kirk Urso has ahead of the Duke/UNC rivalry game.

21 February 10:20 am

Crew players try to pronounce Pączki, a traditional Polish treat associated with Fat Tuesday.

 

15 February 4:46 pm
14 February 9:55 am

What's up everyone, checkin' in from Bradenton, Fla. Been down here for about a week and a half now, training very hard for our upcoming season. We lost a tough one to Malmo FF on Wednesday, which I'm sure everyone knows. We controlled most of the game and, for the most part, played attractive one-two touch soccer. That's something that, as a team and with the personnel we have, we are determined to do. Being able to attack and build from the defense forward. We have a very talented and deep team this year, as guys are pushing each other hard for spots, which will only bring out the best in all of us and more importantly, the team. The rookies have come in with positive attitudes and are willing to learn. And of course there are the vets (Chad [Marshall], Will [Hesmer], Danny boy [O'Rourke], etc.) leading by example, speaking up when needed. The additions have been great teammates from the get-go, as well. Guys like Milo [Mirosevic], Carlos [Mendes] and Olman [Vargas] all possess great character, which is awesome. Makes ya wanna really lay it all out for each other. I want to, that's for sure!

Off the field, as some of the rookies mentioned in their blogs, guys have been playin FIFA, Settlers of Catan, and other games, including shuffleboard. Visits to the hot tub from time to time have also been much needed and refreshing. I've been able to meet a lot of senior citizens, too, as our apartment complex is loaded with retirees from all over the world! Glad to see them winding down and just livin' it up! When we have meals on our own, we usually spoil ourselves with some goodies. Sushi, Outback Steakhouse and First Watch are a few of the places we've enjoyed. We play credit-card roulette from time to time, too, and Justin Meram was the most recent unlucky winner at First Watch. Thanks for the free meal, boss! Cole [Grossman], Danny, Josh [Williams], Chad and I sure appreciated it! Weather, of course, has been beautiful. Lots of us with burnt faces, but we aren't complaining. I looked like Casper before we got here!

We face the Seattle Sounders in another preseason game on Wednesday, before heading back to Columbus on Thursday. Hopefully we'll take more steps towards becoming better, and if that includes a couple of wins we will take it! We are excited for the upcoming season and hope the Capital City and its fans are too! We sincerely appreciate all the faith and support! Much love!

P.S. -- Shout out to our Head Athletic Trainer, Dave Lagow, and his new assistant Phil, a.k.a. Philly, Philadelphia, Philson Watson as they are doing a great job taking care of our knocks and bruises. Can't forget the great Tucker Walther, either, doin' all the behind-the-scenes work!