Crew News & Notes - April 19

First leg of Trillium Cup this Saturday in Toronto

Emmuanuel Ekpo

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On the heels of its record-setting fourth consecutive shutout, a 1-0 win over Sporting KC last Saturday night, the Crew (2-1-2, 8 pts.) visits Eastern Conference-rival Toronto FC (1-2-3, 6 pts.) for the first leg of the 2011 Trillium Cup at BMO Field, this Saturday, April 23, at 4 p.m.

The match will be televised live regionally on ONN with Dwight Burgess and Duncan Oughton calling all the action. The game can be heard in English on News/Talk 610 WTVN and on-line at TheCrew.com, with Neil Sika behind the microphone, and in Spanish on La Mega 103.1, with Carlos Cordova and Benny Pietrangelo on the call. 

The Crew will host a viewing party this Saturday (April 23) at Jimmy V’s Grill and Pub (1 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081), the third stop in the Crew’s new Pub Watch Party Tour presented by Budweiser. Everyone is encouraged to join their fellow Crew fans and have a chance to win some great Crew prizes.

Toronto FC is coming off a 3-0 loss at D.C. United last Saturday and will look to bounce back against its Eastern Conference-rival. It is led by MLS veteran Alan Gordon, who has scored two goals so far this season.

The Black & Gold enters the match in a three-way tie for second place in the East with New York and Houston. It is unbeaten in its last four games (2-0-2), all of which have been shutouts. The Crew is still undefeated against Toronto FC with a record of 5-0-6. Goalkeeper William Hesmer, who scored the game-tying goal in a 2-2 draw at BMO Field last season, stands to break the Crew franchise record for consecutive scoreless minutes (373), as well as extend his club-record consecutive (4) and career (37) shutouts.

The Trillium cup is an annual competition between the two teams, named after the trillium, which is both the official flower of the Canadian province of Ontario, and the official wildflower of the U.S. state of Ohio. The rivalry draws on the teams’ similarities and proximity. Both teams are geographically near the Great Lakes that border the United States and Canada and both teams also play in soccer-specific stadium that have been built in the central city, as opposed to other MLS clubs that have built their stadium mainly in the suburbs. The return leg of this two-match home-and-home aggregate-score series will be at Crew Stadium on Saturday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Next up, the Crew returns to Columbus for a two-game home-stand. It will host Vancouver’s first-ever visit to Crew Stadium on April 30 and welcome back Western Conference-foe Seattle Sounders FC on May 7. Both matches will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

COLUMBUS CREW at Toronto FC
Saturday, April 23 – 4  p.m. (ET) – Crew Stadium
National Television: N/A; Regional Television: ONN
Crew Radio: News/Talk 610 WTVN (English); La Mega 103.1 (Spanish)
Crew Webcasts: TheCrew.com (English)

CREW AND CREW SOCCER FOUNDATION RECOGNIZED WITH CORPORATE CARING AWARD
The Crew and Crew Soccer Foundation were the proud recipients of a Columbus Business First Corporate Caring Award in the area of education last week. The award, the Crew's second such honor since 2008, recognizes the organization's long-term efforts to promote staying in school, literacy and nutrition and fitness education. Business First and sponsors American Electric Power, Mills James Creative Media, and Vorys Legal Counsel celebrated corporate philanthropy in Columbus by presenting awards in four categories at the 15th Annual Corporate Caring Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. In selecting the Crew, the judges made particular note of the organization’s innovative GOALS for KIDS and Referee Scholarship programs, its longtime commitment to the ColumbusReads program, its and CSF’s sponsoring of the Student-Athlete of the Year Award and Scholarship at the annual Greater Linden Awards and Gratitude Celebration.

CREW SOCCER ACADEMY 17/18s WIN, 15/16s DRAW AGAINST LONESTAR SC ACADEMY
The Crew Soccer Academy 15/16s and 17/18s hosted Lonestar SC of Austin, Texas, last weekend at the Crew Training Center at Obetz. The 15/16s maintained their lead atop the USSF Development Academy Central Conference Great Lakes Division by holding their guests to a scoreless draw. The 17/18s defeated Lonestar, 2-0, with Connor Klekota notching the game-winner and Brett Elder adding a late insurance goal. Next up, CSA hosts FC Milwaukee on Saturday, April 30, at 1 and 3:30 p.m. at the Crew Training Center at Obetz.

OHIO ARMY NATIONAL GUARD SENIOR BOWL II COLLEGE FOOTBALL CLASSIC IS THIS SATURDAY
The Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl II is this Saturday, April 23, at 5 p.m., at Crew Stadium. Created to showcase some of the best college football players within the State of Ohio, the Senior Bowl features 90 of the top college football players from the NCAA I-A, II, III and NAIA. Tickets, priced at $10 in advance and $12 day of game, are still available at the Crew Stadium ticket office and online at TicketMaster.com. More information on the Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl II can be found at www.OhioCollegeFootball.com. Franklin County Children Services is the event charity. Foster children, under the care of FCCS and other local agencies, will have the opportunity to attend the Senior Bowl free of charge. Senior Bowl participants and coaches will provide a free football clinic, under the direction of FCCS, prior to the game.

CREW SOCCER ROCKS CONTINUES APRIL 26 AND 27 IN LIBERTY CENTER AND HURON
Several members of the Crew will travel to Liberty Center and Huron on Tuesday, April 26, and Wednesday April 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for Crew Soccer Rocks clinics. Tuesday’s event will be at Fireman’s Park in Liberty Center and Wednesday’s clinic will take place at Osborn Park in Huron. Approximately 150 youth are expected to participate in the event, which will include a post-clinic autograph signing.

INSIDE THE CREW RADIO SHOW ON ESPN 1460 COLUMBUS TUESDAYS AT 8 P.M.
The Crew and RadiOhio have launched a new weekly magazine show called “Inside the Crew” which airs Tuesdays 8-9 p.m. on 1460 ESPN Columbus. It is hosted by radio play-by-play man Neil Sika and TV color analyst Duncan Oughton. This week, Sika and Oughton welcome Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers, Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer and Toronto FC technical director Paul Mariner. CLICK HERE

DEFENDER JULIUS JAMES ON CREWXTRA THIS WEDNESDAY
CrewXtra, the weekly show on ONN Wednesdays at 8, 8:30, 11 and 11:30 p.m., will feature defender Julius James this week, along with Crew radio man Neil Sika, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch, and host Beau Bishop, as they discuss last Saturday’s win over Sporting KC  and the upcoming trip to BMO Field for the first leg of the Trillium Cup against Toronto FC this Saturday.

TICKETS FOR NEWCASTLE MATCH GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY
Tickets to the Crew’s international exhibition vs. Newcastle United FC of the English Premier League on Wednesday, July 26, go on sale to the general public this Wednesday, April 20. Individual advance ticket prices start at $24 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Crew Stadium Box Office, all central Ohio Ticketmaster retail locations, via Ticketmaster phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line click here.