Crew legend and first-ever pick in the inaugural MLS Player Draft in 1996 Brian McBride recently sat down with MLSsoccer.com's Jeff Bradley to look back on the League's first draft. The two also look ahead to this year's World Cup and McBride gives his impressions of MLS 18 years later.
Homegrown midfielder Matt Walker joined World Football Daily to discuss his jump to MLS after signing with the Crew on Wednesday.
New Assistant Coach Pat Onstad chats with Alex Caulfield about his move to Columbus and his relationship with Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.
Projected as a First Round SuperDraft selection in 2013, defender Matt Wiet talks about his decision to finish his degree at UCLA and sign with the Crew as a Homegrown Player ahead of the 2014 season.
In partnership with Lifeline of Ohio and the Ohio Hispanic Coalition, the Crew completed its Three Kings Toy Drive on January 4 by handing out toys to Hispanic families in need. The event’s festivities included distribution of over 600 toys, a live play, the traditional roscas de reyes, and the presence of the Three Kings joined by Crew Cat and Honey Bee.
During the month of December, Lifeline of Ohio and the Black & Gold worked to share the joy of the holidays with the youth of Columbus by collecting new unwrapped toys at La Michoacana locations and through individual donations. A special “Thank You” goes out to the generous donation from Ronin Training Center and their associates.
Chris Previte, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships of the Columbus Crew said the event is always a favorite because it brings the community together through gift-giving and receiving to celebrate a joyous holiday tradition.
“We are delighted to participate in an event that impacts so many children. We are proud to be active locally within the Hispanic community and equally proud to work with our partners Lifeline of Ohio and La Michoacana to deliver joy this holiday season.”
Donate Life hopes you will also “Share the Gift” of life by registering to be an organ and tissue donor after death. One donor has the potential to save eight lives by donating organs and enhance 50 more lives with donated tissue. Contact Lifeline of Ohio, your local Donate Life organization, for more information: http://www.lifelineofohio.org/
For more information about the Ohio Hispanic Coalition: (614) 840-9934 or ohiohispaniccoalition.org.
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.
MLSsoccer.com's Jason Saghini looks at the recent success of Sporting Kansas City and the LA Galaxy to discuss why the MLS SuperDraft matters.