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26 April 12:36 pm

Crew winger Ethan Finlay joined Joe Jewett on the CD 102.5 Morning Show on Thursday to talk about the Black & Gold's season so far and his volunteer work in the offseason.

26 April 10:13 am

23 April 9:02 am

Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk teamed up with the AIDS Resource Center Ohio to participate in the 2013 Dr. Robert J. Fass Memorial AIDS Walk on April 20 at Bicentennial Park in downtown Columbus.

More than 1,200 runners and walkers took part in the event that raised $144,654 for AIDS service organizations in Central Ohio.

Frankie getting the runners pumped up before the race. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Porter)

Frankie cheering on the runners and walkers. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Porter)

Good Day Columbus' Carolyn Bruck and Frankie Hejduk after the AIDS Walk. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Porter)

10 April 9:32 am

With Louisville's appearance in the National Championship game, Drew Beckie jumped from third to first to win the 2013 Crew Bracket Challenge. It's the second year in a row that a rookie has won the challenge as the Canadian joins Ethan Finlay, who took the crown last year.

FINAL STANDINGS

  1. Drew Beckie - 219 pts.
  2. Wil Trapp - 183
  3. Aaron Schoenfeld - 176
  4. Eric Gehrig - 159

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.

 

04 April 1:23 pm

Heading into Final Four weekend, rookie Wil Trapp owns a seven point lead over Aaron Schoenfeld after correctly selecting four out of the Elite 8 teams in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship bracket. However, if Louisville beats Wichita State, Drew Beckie could win the 2013 Crew Bracket Challenge. Every player chose exactly one of the Final 4 teams, and Beckie is the only one that has a National Championship hopeful with Louisville.

STANDINGS

  1. Wil Trapp - 183 pts.
  2. Aaron Schoenfeld - 176
  3. Drew Beckie -169
  4. Eric Gehrig - 159

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.

 

01 April 10:40 am

Finding Frankie Hejduk around Columbus just became that much easier.

The Crew legend and Brand Ambassador will be driving a custom Crew Camaro provided Coughlin Cars around town for the next few months. Stay tuned to TheCrew.com for details on how you can win Frankie's ride.

25 March 11:37 am

After two rounds of play in the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, the Crew Bracket Challenge is tightly contested. Wil Trapp leads Drew Beckie by three points with 118 points, while Aaron Schoenfeld sits just three points behind Beckie. Eric Gehrig trails his teammates after picking up just 104 points in the first two rounds.

To no one's surprise, the West region of the bracket gave everyone trouble. However, Ohio State Final Four hopes are still alive as three players picked the Buckeyes to advance. Beckie chose Gonzaga to win the region and dance all the way to Atlanta.

STANDINGS

  1. Wil Trapp - 118 pts.
  2. Drew Beckie -114
  3. Aaron Schoenfeld - 111
  4. Eric Gehrig - 104

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.
20 March 3:13 pm

Taking a mental break from preparing for this weekend's rivalry match against D.C. United, four Crew players took the time to make their picks in this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. The trash talking commenced as the players filled out their brackets after training.

Rookie defender Drew Beckie is projecting a Final Four of Louisville, Ohio State, Kansas and Miami, but basketball may not exactly be his forte.

"Beckie, this isn't hockey!" fellow rookie Daniel Withrow teased the proud Canadian and Denver University product as he filled out his bracket. "The Frozen Four is later."

Eric Gehrig returns to the Crew Bracket Challenge this season after finishing in fourth-place last year behind Josh Williams, Justin Meram and winner Ethan Finlay. A native of Northwest Indiana, Gehrig is picking his home-state Hoosiers to win the National Championship.

Pumped for Akron's fourth tournament appearance in school history, and third since 2009, Homegrown midfielder Wil Trapp is picking his Zips to pull off an opening round upset against Dominic Oduro's VCU Rams. The Gahanna native is picking the hometown Ohio State Buckeyes to knock off Indiana in the National Championship Final.

Finally, forward Aaron Schoenfeld is picking the Miami Hurricanes to prevail in the Final Four against Duke, Gonzaga and Michigan-- all No. 2 seeds, except the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs of the West Region.

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.

15 March 4:28 pm

To cap off Black & Gold Week, Columbus City Hall showed its support for its hometown soccer team by placing a massive Crew jersey on the corner of Front and Broad Streets.

"The Crew is one of many reasons why Columbus is a dynamic and exciting city to live in and visit," said City Council President Andrew J. Ginther.  "I encourage all resident to come out and support the Crew this weekend and all season long."

Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk gave away tickets to Opening Match all afternoon as part of his "Find Frankie" scavenger hunt.

14 March 2:45 pm

Be sure to check out the Black & Gold's coverage in the March 14 edition of Columbus Alive!. Crew Soccer Academy products Kyle Hyland, Chad Barson, Ben Speas, Matt Lampson and Aaron Horton (Wil Trapp was in Mexico for International duty) are featured on the cover as Alive! writer Chris DeVille examines the evolving soccer development model in the United States and its impact in Columbus.

Also featured in the issue, editor Justin McIntosh educates readers on the Crew's supporter culture.  And finally, Alive! reporter Jackie Mantey profiles the artists behind the tifo art that can be found in the Nordecke throughout the season.

Thanks again to the Alive! staff and remember to pick up a FREE copy of the issue anywhere around the city.