The Crew Juniors Under-19 team, coached by Crew technical director Brian Bliss, won their second regional title in three years at the USYS Midwest Regional Championships in Saginaw, Mich. The 19s started the tournament with an 11-0 win over South Dakota United Madrid on Saturday (June 23), with goals by Chris Davis, Fatai Alashe, Chandler Gagnon, Cole Denormandie (2), Jordan Tyler, Nick Hagglund, Charlie Macias, Matt Hill, Adam Montague and Will Trapp. On Sunday (June 24), the 19s continued their dominance of their group with another commanding win, 9-1 over Kentucky’s United 1996 Internationals, behind goals by Trapp, Denormandie (2), Alashe, Davis, Kofi Agyapong, Montague and Tyler. The Crew Juniors closed out the group stage undefeated with a 3-2 win over Kansas City FC behind goals by Tyler, Trapp and Davis on Monday (June 25). A 3-0 semifinal victory over Wisconsin’s NSC–FCGB followed on Tuesday (June 26), with goals from Will Walker, Matt Walker and Montague. And in Wednesday’s final, goals from Agyapong, Matt Walker and Tyler led Crew Juniors to a 3-1 win over Pacesetter Premier of Toledo. The Crew Juniors U-19s will now attempt to capture their second McGuire Cup national title in three years at the USYS National Championships in Rock Hill, S.C., July 25-29.
For more info on the tourney, please visity the USYS website.
Congratulations local group Major 7 for winning The Crew and Power 107.5 Star at the Stadium contest! Make sure you are at Crew Stadium for their annual Red, White & Crew game this Saturday, June 30 at 8pm when they take on Real Salt Lake to see Major 7 perform the National Anthem. Tickets are still available – get your tickets today and celebrate the 4th of July with the Crew. Game tickets include admission to the postgame fireworks show! Click to buy tickets
The Crew Juniors U19 squad had an impressive showing over the weekend to win its group at the US Youth Soccer Regionals in Saginaw, Michigan. On Friday, the Juniors beat South Dakota United Madrid 11-0 in the team's opening match. It continued its dominance on Saturday with a 9-1 win against United 96 from Kentucky. The team finished group play today by beating KCFC 3-2. Cole DeNormandie leads the team with four goals in the tournament. The U19s move on to the semifinals to play New United from Wisconsin.
For more info on the tourney, please visity the USYS website.
Crew Brand Ambassador, Frankie Hejduk, stopped by the STH Heroes Cup 6v6 held at Buckeye Lake over the weekend. The STH Heroes Cup 6v6 is an adult soccer tournament that honored Columbus native Shawn Hannon who recently lost his life on April 4, 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.
Ohio Soldiers from the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and their coalition partners on Camp Mike Spann, Afghanistan, offer up encouragement to the Columbus Crew for the upcoming 2012 Military Appreciation Night. From all of Crew Soccer Nation, thank you for your service and come home safe! Go Crew!!
A limited supply of tickets remain for the supporters' trip to Bridgeview this weekend. As of Wednesday afternoon, only five bus spots were open on the two buses the NorOnTour is taking to watch the Crew take on the Fire, according to Kevin McCollough, a member of Crew Union leadership. In all, the supporters groups have sold 205 of the 250 seats in Section 134 at Toyota Park.
To purchase your tickets, head to CrewUnion.com. Tickets will be sold until Friday at noon.
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."
Crew fans get ready to "Put out the Fire" not only on the pitch but also on Twitter! Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #VoteCrew to help spread the word and get out and vote for the Black & Gold for MLS All-Star on July 25th in Philadelphia. The Chicago Fire will be using the hashtag #VoteFire during the same time and just before kickoff on Saturday, June 23rd we will calculate the results between the two teams to see who is the winner.
To vote for your favorite players log onto MLSsoccer.com/allstar or text the player’s last name only to 22442.
Twitter Voting for the First XI players to be named MLS All-Stars will run from 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 21 through 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, June 22.
The terms for Twitter voting are as follows:
- An eligible vote consists of #MLSAllStar and the player's full name (first and last required), with or without a space.
- A user may vote for multiple players in a tweet; however, a user may not vote for a single player multiple times within one tweet.
- All users must follow @MLS for their votes to be eligible.
The tweet doesn't actually count as a vote, but the hope is that other fans will be encouraged to participate and vote.
Use the button below to tweet your support!
The Black & Gold battle to a scoreless draw at New England. The current winning streak makes 12 points in the last 6 matches dating back to May 5th. The Crew currently sit alone in 4th place in the Eastern Conference with 19 points.