21 Crew Youth Development players commit to play college soccer

Nine players sign National Letters of Intent to play at Division I programs

Crew Soccer Academy Signing Day

Photo Credit: 
TheCrew.com

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Crew is pleased to announce that 21 players, both male and female, from the Crew Youth Development Program have committed to play collegiate soccer. On National Signing Day, a ceremony was held in the Upper 90 Club at Crew Stadium to recognize each individual player’s success in the Crew Youth system. The event was streamed live on TheCrew.com, drawing viewers from across the country.
 
Of the 21 graduating seniors that committed to collegiate programs in 2013, nine signed National Letters of Intent to play at NCAA Division I programs. Crew Youth has helped over 100 players realize their dream of playing college soccer since the program began in 2007. Five of the those players – Aaron Horton, Matt Lampson, Ben Speas, and most recently, Wil Trapp and Chad Barson – have gone on to sign Homegrown contracts with the Columbus Crew First Team.
 
Many more graduating seniors in the Crew Youth system are finalizing their college plans and are expected to make announcements soon. The 21 Crew Youth players that have committed to play college soccer in the fall of 2013 are:
 
Matthew Appel – Xavier University
Hometown: Canal Winchester, OH
Position: Goalkeeper

Jacob Atkinson – Ohio Dominican University
Hometown: Hilliard, OH
Position: Midfielder/Forward

Curtis Baker – Capital University
Hometown: Westerville, OH
Position: Midfielder

Taylor Bayes – Penn State Greater Allegheny
Hometown: Grove City, OH
Position: Defender

Alex Bumpus – University of Kentucky
Hometown: Hilliard, OH
Position: Defender

Nicholas Ciraldo – Cleveland State University
Hometown: Peninsula, OH
Position: Goalkeeper

Alex Crognale – University of Maryland
Hometown: Gahanna, OH
Position: Defender

Michael Fragoulis – Ohio Dominican University
Hometown: Westerville, OH
Position: Midfielder

Thomas Harr – University of Dayton
Hometown: Pickerington, OH
Position: Midfielder/Forward

Tyler Kidwell – The Ohio State University
Hometown: Dublin, OH
Position: Defender

Kristen Lee – Baldwin-Wallace University
Hometown: Westerville, OH
Position: Midfielder

Nicholas Parianos – Marquette University
Hometown: Copley, OH
Position: Forward

Jacob Reventlow – Capital University
Hometown: Gahanna, OH
Position: Midfielder/Forward

Charlie Reymann – University of Kentucky
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Position: Defender

Conner Rockhold – University of Findlay
Hometown: Lima, OH
Position: Forward

Logan Rockhold – University of Findlay
Hometown: Lima, OH
Position: Forward

Natasha Ustaszewski – Baldwin-Wallace University
Hometown: Lincoln Center, OH
Position: Defender

Jessica Wenger – Otterbein University
Hometown: Sundury, OH
Position: Midfielder

Mitchell Wiseman – Bellarmine University
Hometown: Hilliard, OH
Position: Midfielder

Rylee Woods – University of Michigan
Hometown: Jamestown, OH
Position: Defender

Veronica Zaciek – Virginia Wesleyan College
Hometown: Marion, OH
Position: Defender

For all the latest happenings in the Columbus Crew’s Youth Development program, stay tuned to TheCrewYouth.com for up-to-date news.