Crew Chairman and Investor-Operator Anthony Precourt recently talked at length with FOX Sports' Kyle McCarthy about his first few months owning the club and the updates coming to Crew Stadium in 2014. Everything from Michael Bradley's move to Toronto to the club's crest are covered in the interview.
At just 25-years-old, Crew newcomer Hector Jimenez already has two MLS Cup rings to his name. He was acquired along with a First Round 2014 MLS SuperDraft selection (14th overall) from the LA Galaxy in a deal two days before this year’s SuperDraft.
Now in his first season with the Black & Gold, he caught-up with TheCrew.com so fans could get to know him better.
Coffee or tea in the morning?
Early riser or sleeping in on an off-day?
HJ: Sleeping in.
Best gift card to receive as a gift and use?
HJ: Best Buy
Favorite historical figure you’ve studied?
HJ: I’m not a big fan of history!
Favorite soccer match-up on TV to watch outside of MLS?
Most recent movie you saw?
HJ: Lone Survivor
iPhone or Android?
Favorite gameday meal?
HJ: Chicken and pasta
Which former European soccer player – now in MLS – did Jimenez grow up rooting for? What were three of his favorite places he’s traveled to, all in one trip? What two musical artists take up plenty of space on his iPod? Learn more by checking out Jimenez’s bio.
TheCrew.com's Tim Miller chats with the Black & Gold's new Equipment Manager John Velasco following his first week on the job.
Last week, Crew defender Chad Barson asked fans to come up with a Twitter handle for him using #BarsonTweets after he finally decided to join the social network. On Friday, Chad revealed he has decided on a name and has a tweet planned for the weekend.
Now, with smart phones clutched nearby, we wait for Barson's Twittersphere debut.
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."
Head Athletic Trainer Craig Devine has had a busy first week on the job in his second stint with the Black & Gold. Previously, he served as a physical therapist and Head Athletic Trainer for six seasons with the Black & Gold from 2000-2005. He’s now five sessions into the 2014 preseason working alongside second-year Assistant Athletic Trainer Steven Purcell and spoke with TheCrew.com on Thursday evening.
Learn more about Devine, his interest in the advancements in sports medicine and why on October 24, 2002 he ended up with a buzz cut following an important Crew victory.
For more on Devine, be sure to check out his bio.
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.