Ben Speas

Ben Speas
17
Midfielder
  • Columbus Crew
  • 5' 8"
  • 155 lbs.
  • 17-01-1991
  • Stow , OH

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014 (Crew): Made 13 appearances: four starts and four substitute appearances in the central attacking mid- field role and three additional starts and two substitute appearances at left wing ... recorded one goal and three assists ... made his season debut in a substitute appearance and recorded an assist on a corner kick that led to Agustin Viana’s goal at Toronto FC (May 31) ... recorded his second assist of the season in the next match -- feeding Ethan Finlay for the match-tying tally -- in the 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake (June 4) in a substitute appearance ... earned his first start of the season in the match at D.C. United (June 7) ... started his second and third consecutive matches against FC Dallas (June 29) and at Colorado (July 4) ... started his first match of the season at left wing at New York (July 12) ... came on as a late-match substitute versus Montreal (July 19) ... started at right wing in the club’s international friendly against Crystal Palace FC (July 23) ... started his second match at left wing at Chicago (August 2) and continued there in a start versus Toronto FC (August 9) ... appeared as a substitute at left wing versus the LA Galaxy (August 16) and tallied his first goal of the season ... again came on in the second half at left wing at Montreal (August 30) ... returned to the starting lineup in Federico Higuain’s wake at Philadelphia (October 11) ... again filled-in for Higuain in the regular season finale versus Philadelphia (October 26), recording an assist ... Speas started in both Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches in 2014 and recorded two assists ... he started and assisted on the Crew’s opening goal in the 2-1 win over Indy Eleven in the Fourth Round (June 17) and started and assisted in the 4-2 loss in extra-time in the Fifth Round at Chicago (June 25). 
 
2013 (Crew): The Crew Homegrown Player made 19 appearances overall – including 10 starts in the midfield – while recording one goal and one assist in 2013. He secured his first career assist at Vancouver (March 9) on a Jairo Arrieta goal. His lone tally of the year came in just his fourth career start against San Jose (March 16) – the game-winner - which earned him the club’s fan voted ‘Goal of the Year’ honors. He started eight consecutive starts in the midfield from March 9 through April 20 and missed matches versus Toronto (May 18), Chicago (June 22), and Seattle (August 31) due to a left hamstring pull, pregame illness, and his own wedding, respectively. He returned to action in a substitute appearance against Chicago (September 21) and made three consecutive substitute appearances to finish the season against Sporting KC (October 5), at New England (October 19), and against New England (October 27). Speas scored three goals and three assists across nine appearances and eight starts in MLS Reserve League action and also added an assist in three starts in the midfield in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

2012 (Crew): Despite missing most of the season due to sports hernia surgery, Speas returned to make his MLS debut in the season finale on October 28 against Toronto FC. The rookie scored his first professional goal, a game-winner, in a friendly against Stoke City on July 24.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

Speas spent two years at Akron before transferring to the University of North Carolina. In total, he appeared in 76 matches with 40 starts during his three-year college career to score 11 goals and 16 assists. The Crew Soccer Academy product won back-to-back NCAA College Cups  with Akron in 2010 and with UNC in 2011. He scored the gamewinner in the College Cup Final in 2011 and was named NCAA Men's College Cup MVP in 2011.

YOUTH EXPERIENCE

Speas was the eighth-ranked senior in the nation at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy as a senior, according to ESPN Rise.com. Also a U.S. national youth team veteran, Speas competed on the U-20, U-18 and U-17 National Teams. He was a two-time Parade All-American (`08, `07) and Two-time NSCAA High School Boys All-American (`08, `07). Speas was also a member of the Academy National Finals U-18 Columbus Crew Academy team. He recorded 14 goals and 10 assists as a sophomore (`06-'07) at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. During college, Speas helped Crew Juniors to multiple National Championships at the U-20 level.

ACQUIRED

Speas was signed as the Crew's third Homegrown Player on January 12, 2012.

PERSONAL

Speas is the son of Vance and Brenda Speas. He is married to his wife, Tricia, and owns a dog named Charlie. Speas’ favorite food to eat is Chipotle. Despite being a supporter of Manchester United, Speas’ role model is A.C. Milan midfielder Kaká and his favorite player is Chelsea FC midfielder Eden Hazard. His favorite soccer memory is when he won the 2011 NCAA National Championship as a member of the University of North Carolina squad. In the 76 games he played as a Tar Heel, Speas only lost three of those games.

Career Statistics (Regular Season)

Year Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
2014 Columbus Crew 13 8 1 704 3 20 3 1 1 0 0
2013 Columbus Crew 19 10 1 935 1 18 4 4 0 0 0
2012 Columbus Crew 1 1 0 64 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
Career Totals 33 19 2 1703 4 41 8 5 1 0 0

2014 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season Columbus Crew 13 8 1 704 3 20 3 1 1 0 0

2013 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season Columbus Crew 19 10 1 935 1 18 4 4 0 0 0

2012 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season Columbus Crew 1 1 0 64 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves

Regular Season Game Log

Fecha Match Result Appearance MINS G A SHT SOG FC FS Y R
10/26/2014 PHI @ CLB W 1-2 Started 78 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 0
10/19/2014 CLB @ NY W 3-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/11/2014 CLB @ PHI W 3-2 Started 83 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0
10/4/2014 CLB @ NE L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/27/2014 MTL @ CLB W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/20/2014 NE @ CLB W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/13/2014 CLB @ HOU T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/7/2014 CHV @ CLB W 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/30/2014 CLB @ MTL L 0-2 Subbed On 14 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
8/23/2014 HOU @ CLB W 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/16/2014 LA @ CLB W 1-4 Subbed On 16 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
8/9/2014 TOR @ CLB L 3-2 Started 64 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
8/2/2014 CLB @ CHI T 1-1 Started 66 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
7/26/2014 CLB @ NE W 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/19/2014 MTL @ CLB W 1-2 Subbed On 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/16/2014 KC @ CLB L 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/12/2014 CLB @ NY L 1-4 Started 90 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 0
7/4/2014 CLB @ COL T 1-1 Started 72 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
6/29/2014 DAL @ CLB T 0-0 Started 68 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
6/7/2014 CLB @ DC T 0-0 Started 77 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
6/4/2014 RSL @ CLB T 1-1 Subbed On 46 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
5/31/2014 CLB @ TOR L 2-3 Subbed On 29 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/24/2014 CHI @ CLB W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/17/2014 CLB @ POR T 3-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/10/2014 VAN @ CLB L 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/7/2014 CLB @ HOU L 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/4/2014 CLB @ KC L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/26/2014 NY @ CLB T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/19/2014 DC @ CLB T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/13/2014 CLB @ SJ T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/5/2014 TOR @ CLB L 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/29/2014 CLB @ SEA W 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/22/2014 PHI @ CLB W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/8/2014 CLB @ DC W 3-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/27/2013 NE @ CLB L 1-0 Subbed On 41 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
10/19/2013 CLB @ NE L 2-3 Subbed On 20 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
10/5/2013 KC @ CLB L 1-0 Subbed On 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/29/2013 CLB @ DAL W 4-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/21/2013 CHI @ CLB W 0-3 Subbed On 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/14/2013 CLB @ MTL W 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/7/2013 CLB @ KC L 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/4/2013 HOU @ CLB W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/31/2013 SEA @ CLB L 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/24/2013 CLB @ RSL L 0-4 Started 74 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
8/17/2013 TOR @ CLB W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/10/2013 NY @ CLB W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/3/2013 CLB @ HOU L 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/27/2013 CLB @ TOR L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/20/2013 NE @ CLB L 2-0 Subbed On 54 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
7/7/2013 POR @ CLB W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/4/2013 CLB @ LA L 1-2 Started 66 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
6/29/2013 CLB @ KC L 2-3 Subbed On 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/22/2013 CHI @ CLB L 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/15/2013 MTL @ CLB W 0-2 Started 88 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
6/5/2013 CLB @ PHI L 0-3 Started 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/1/2013 HOU @ CLB T 1-1 Subbed On 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/26/2013 CLB @ NY T 2-2 Subbed On 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/18/2013 CLB @ TOR W 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/11/2013 COL @ CLB L 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/4/2013 NY @ CLB L 1-0 Subbed On 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/27/2013 DC @ CLB W 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/20/2013 CLB @ CHI L 0-1 Started 65 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
4/14/2013 CLB @ MTL T 1-1 Started 72 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0
4/6/2013 PHI @ CLB T 1-1 Started 85 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
3/23/2013 CLB @ DC W 2-1 Started 88 1 0 5 2 0 3 0 0
3/16/2013 SJ @ CLB T 1-1 Started 76 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0
3/9/2013 CLB @ VAN L 1-2 Started 90 0 1 2 0 0 3 0 0
3/2/2013 CLB @ CHV W 3-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/28/2012 TOR @ CLB W 1-2 Started 64 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
10/20/2012 CLB @ DC L 2-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/7/2012 KC @ CLB T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/29/2012 PHI @ CLB W 2-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/22/2012 CLB @ CHI L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/19/2012 CHV @ CLB W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/15/2012 CLB @ NY L 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/5/2012 CLB @ NE L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/1/2012 MTL @ CLB W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/29/2012 CLB @ PHI W 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/25/2012 NE @ CLB W 3-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/22/2012 TOR @ CLB W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/19/2012 CLB @ HOU T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/15/2012 LA @ CLB T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/4/2012 CLB @ DC L 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/28/2012 CLB @ KC W 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/21/2012 DC @ CLB W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/14/2012 KC @ CLB L 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/8/2012 CLB @ MTL L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/30/2012 RSL @ CLB W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/23/2012 CLB @ CHI L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/16/2012 CLB @ NE T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/26/2012 CHI @ CLB W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/23/2012 CLB @ SEA W 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/19/2012 CLB @ SJ T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/12/2012 DAL @ CLB W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/5/2012 CLB @ POR T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/28/2012 VAN @ CLB L 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/21/2012 HOU @ CLB T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/14/2012 CLB @ PHI L 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/7/2012 NY @ CLB L 4-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/31/2012 CLB @ TOR W 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/24/2012 MTL @ CLB W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/10/2012 CLB @ COL L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves