Crew News & Notes - November 18

Four Crew players see national team action on Wednesday

Though the Crew’s season has come to an end, four of its players saw competitive action for their respective national teams on Wednesday (Nov. 17). Midfielders Brian Carroll, Eddie Gaven and Robbie Rogers all earned starting assignments for the U.S. National Team in its 1-0 win over South Africa, while defender Shaun Francis saw action for Jamaica in it scoreless draw with Costa Rica in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Gaven and Carroll both played the full 90 minutes, while Rogers went the first 60 minutes before giving way to eventual goal-scorer Juan Agudelo.

Both Gaven and Carroll played their eighth match with the National Team, while Robbie Rogers earned his 13th senior team cap. Rogers was also a member of the 2008 United States Olympic Team, where he started all three matches of group stage, and he was selected by Bob Bradley to the preliminary 30-man roster in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Jamaica’s match at Lockhart Stadium was a final tune-up in preparation of its defense of the Caribbean Digicel Cup title later this month. It was the second call-up for Francis who earned the praise of local Jamaican newspapers for his performance in the 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10.

CREW TO HOLD ANNUAL TEAM GEAR SALE AT OBETZ THIS WEEKEND
The annual Crew team gear sale will take place this weekend at the Crew’s training facility in Obetz starting Friday at 6 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase official, locker room-issued Crew gear including jerseys, training tops, jackets and much more at a discounted price. The sale is open to Crew Soccer Nation members on Friday, Nov. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (must present CSN credential), and to the general public on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Crew Training Center at Obetz is located at 4153 Alum Creek Dr., Obetz, OH 43207.

BRIAN BLISS INDUCTED IN NEW ENGLAND SOCCER HALL OF FAME
Crew technical director Brian Bliss, along with Jose Barroso, Tony Crescitelli, Manny Matos, Patricia Votolato and Bojan Vuckovic, was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame on Sunday (Nov. 14) at the Portuguese Sporting Club in Providence, R.I. Bliss was inducted for his contribution to soccer while a student-athlete at Southern Connecticut University.

TWO-TIME CSA PLAYER OF THE YEAR WIL TRAPP CALLED INTO U.S. U-18 TRAINING CAMP
Crew Soccer Academy standout Wil Trapp has been called into the U.S. U-18 training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from Nov. 20-28. The camp will include friendly games against local men’s teams, including Ventura County Fusion, FC Hasental, Hollywood United and Orange County Blue Star. Trapp was named 15/16 CSA Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010 and earned U.S. Development Academy 15/16 Starting XI honors last season.

CSA KICKS OFF U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 2010-11 SEASON THIS WEEKEND
The Crew Soccer Academy’s 15/16 and 17/18 teams begin their U.S. Soccer Development Academy 2010-11 season in Texas this weekend. The teams will be in Houston to take on Texans SC on Saturday (Nov. 20) and Texas Rush on Sunday (Nov. 21).

NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT ROSTERS FEATURE 21 CREW YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PLAYERS
The Crew Juniors and Crew Soccer Academy are very well represented in the NCAA tournament this season. A total of 21 student-athletes from 11 different schools are participating in the tournament hoping to punch a ticket to the 2010 Men’s College Cup in Santa Barbara, Calif., in December