US National Team
It's never too early to look forward to the next World Cup cycle.
ESPNFC's Jeff Carlisle has listed the Crew's Wil Trapp as one of "10 U.S. stars to watch for in 2018." Among others, the 21-year-old reigning U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year is listed along with New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe (pictured above with Trapp), Bayern Munich winger Julian Green and Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin in Carlisle's projection.
Here's what U.S. U-20 Men's National Team Head Coach and World Cup veteran Tab Ramos had to say about Trapp's future in the article:
"I think Wil Trapp will be a professional for the next 15 years, and I’m hoping he's the next guy to make a jump to the first team because he does all the things right. He connects the team better than anyone. He's always there. He's always in the right place, and when the ball gets to him, he puts it in an even better place. He's a Xavi kind of player. Obviously you can't compare him to Xavi because he's been doing it for the last 15 years, but he's that kind of guy. He connects the dots like that."
Ahead of the U.S. Men's National Team's friendly against South Korea on Saturday (5:00 p.m. ET/ESPN 2, UniMas), Sports Illustrated soccer writer Grant Wahl caught up with Crew defender Michael Parkhurst to talk about his return to MLS and his World Cup aspirations in 2014. Parkhurst has been in Carson, Calif. training with the National Team since Monday and could figure to be in the starting lineup on Saturday. The 30-year old defender is likely to re-join Crew training camp following the friendly.
Crew Soccer Academy Wolves product Ahinga Selemani and CSA midfielder Ben Swanson are included in U.S. U-18 Men's National Team Head Coach Javier Perez's 18-man squad that is headed to the Copa del Atlantico in Spain, U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday. Swanson is one of just eight players born in 1997 on the roster.
The U.S. will square-off against the likes of Spain, Argentina and the Canary Islands in the tournament. The Copa del Atlantico starts on January 30 and finishes up on February 8.
Crew defender Michael Parkhurst talks about his move back to Major League Soccer and his fight for a spot on the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup roster in June.
U.S. Soccer announced its candidates for the 2014 class to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Appearing on the ballot for the first time following his retirement in 2010 is Crew legend and veteran of three FIFA World Cups for the U.S. National Team, Brian McBride. Other candidates that spent time in Black & Gold on the Hall of Fame ballot include 2004 MLS Defender of the Year Robin Fraser and 2008 MLS Cup-winning manager Sigi Schmid, who appears on the Builder Ballot.
Voting begins immediately and the 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame class will be announced in mid-February.
Newly signed Crew and U.S. National Team defender Michael Parkhurst chats with TheCrew.com's Cody Sharrett about his move back to MLS and more.
Grove City native and Crew Soccer Academy midfielder Ben Swanson has been included in United States Under-18 Men's National Team Head Coach Javier Perez's 24-man camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. this month. The camp began on January 4 and will run through Saturday, January 11 to prepare the United States for the Copa del Atlantico in the Canary Islands next month. Swanson is among 21 players in the camp that come from U.S. Soccer Development Academy squads.
For the full release and details on the camp, head over to USSoccer.com.
Crew legends Brad Friedel and Brian McBride were named to U.S. Soccer's All-Time Men's Best XI. Friedel, who played in net for the Black & Gold in the 1996 and 1997 seasons, earned 82 caps for the U.S. between 1992 and 2004 and represented his country in three FIFA World Cups.The first player to be drafted by the Crew, McBride made 95 caps for the United States and scored 30 goals in international play. McBride played in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.
For the full Best XI, visit USSoccer.com.