Since its debut on March 31 in Toronto, Robert Warzycha has earned style points among the Black & Gold faithful for the sleek black Adidas jacket he's sported on the touchline. Every time the Crew head coach wears the jacket, tweets begin to roll in from fans asking where they can purchase the latest piece of outerwear in Warzycha's wardrobe.
The bad news for Crew fans: Warzycha's jacket is the only one of its kind that exists.
When I asked Warzycha about the jacket's origins, the Crew head coach replied, "It's one of a kind. I can't say."
To learn more of the jacket's mysterious beginnings, I consulted defending MLS Equipment Manager of the Year Rusty Wummel for answers.
"It's a one of a kind jacket," Wummel explained. "When the whole line changed over, because everything goes through a cycle and it will change over again in the next couple of years, that jacket was a prototype presentation suit jacket to be used for travel, appearances, and also for games."
"Somewhere along the way, that jacket was switched to our yellow hoodie jacket," he continued. "It was a prototype jacket that never made it through production"
The Black & Gold is currently undefeated in the five away matches (Toronto, Portland, San Jose, Seattle, and New England) that Warzycha has worn the jacket. Though Warzycha claims he's not superstitious, he admits he'll have the jacket handy during the summer months when it won't be needed due to the 90 degree temperatures currently blanketing Columbus.
"Some of the guys wear scarves even in the summer," Warzycha said with a laugh. "I'm at least going to have (the jacket) in the locker room."
Whether or not the jacket is responsible for the Crew's success doesn't take away from the jacket's flair.
"Superstition or not, we're doing well as a team right now," Wummel said. "But it is a cool jacket."
Good news! Our proposed 100-foot signage marquee is another step closer to reality, after unanimous passage (with conditions) by the City Graphics Commission on Tuesday. The Graphics Commission hears requests for variances, special permits, appeals, graphics plans and certain miscellaneous graphics. The Crew’s proposal, for a cylindrical tower on the North side of Crew Stadium facing I-71, will now be considered by the Ohio Expositions Commission, which manages the State Fairgrounds property on which Crew Stadium is located.
The first edition of the Morning Buzz with Frankie Hejduk, Duncan Oughton and TheCrew.com's Cody Sharett. The group talks about the 2-1 win over FC Dallas, upcoming west coast roadtrip and more.
Thank you to Cafe Brioso on the corner of Gay St. and High St. for hosting us. Stay tuned for our location next week and stop by to talk about the Columbus Crew, MLS or anything soccer.
Thirteen years ago today the Columbus Crew opened Crew Stadium before a sold-out crowd of 24,741, the first MLS stadium built specifically for soccer in the United States as the Crew beat the New England Revolution 2-0. Jeff Cunningham scored the first goal in Crew Stadium history beating Revs goalkeeper Walter Zenga in the 10th minute. Stern John added the second goal in the 59th minute.
What is your favorite memory of Crew Stadium? Leave a comment below.
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.
Several MLSers talk about their favorite player which happens to hold a special place in our hearts, Brian McBride.
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.
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.
To RSVP your FREE tickets please go to the following link and click the Reserve ticket link in the middle of our page:
The Crew make their first appearance in 2012 on national TV this Saturday on the new NBC Sports channel. The Black & Gold travel to Philadelphia to take on the Union Saturday at 3:30pm.
Click here to find NBC Sports on your local provider.
Official Crew Pub Tour stop this week at BBR in the Arena District. Learn More
Julius James talks about his time living in Toronto while on the team's pregame walk.