22 Crew Youth Development players commit to play college soccer

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

Crew Youth

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CK Walsh

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Crew is pleased to announce that 22 players, both male and female, from the Crew Youth Development Program have committed to play collegiate soccer. On Wednesday, February 5, the National Letter of Intent Signing Day, a special ceremony is set to be held in the Upper 90 Club at Crew Stadium to recognize each individual player.

In 2013, the event was streamed live on TheCrew.com, drawing viewers from across the country. This year’s event is also slated to be streamed live by visiting TheCrew.com at 6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 5. 

Of the 22 graduating seniors that committed to collegiate programs in 2014, nine signed National Letters of Intent to play at NCAA Division I programs. Crew Youth has helped over 130 players realize their dream of playing college soccer since the program began in 2007. Crew Youth has produced nine players that have gone on to sign with the Crew First Team, including eight Homegrown Players. Seven Homegrown Players are currently rostered on the Senior Team, including: Chad Barson, Ross Friedman, Matt Lampson, Ben Speas, Wil Trapp, Matt Walker and Matt Wiet.

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 2014 are: 

Darby Burch – Malone University

Hometown: Pickerington

Position: Midfielder/Defender

Nicole Karavakis – Wittenberg University

Hometown: Canal Winchester

Position: Defender

Julia Bruno – Miami University

Hometown: Powell

Position: Midfielder/Forward

Nathan Kohl – University of Michigan

Hometown: Hilliard

Position: Forward

Rachel Koch – Marshall University

Hometown: Pickerington

Position: Center Midfield

Casidy Simonis – Carson-Newman University

Hometown: Pickerington

Position: Center Midfield

Trevor Funk – Capital University

Hometown: Dublin

Position: Goalkeeper

Matthew Millard – Huntington University

Hometown: Mount Gilead

Position: Defender/Midfielder

Maureen Kelly – Heidelburg University

Hometown: Gahanna

Position: Center Midfield

Brock Bishop – Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Hometown: Delaware

Position: Center Midfield

Morgan Greer – Bellarmine University

Hometown: Pickerington

Position: Midfielder

Andrew McKelvey – University of Kentucky

Hometown: Dublin

Position: Forward/Midfielder

Michael McCloskey – University of Cincinnati

Hometown: Powell

Position: Midfielder

Brady Blackwell – San Diego State University

Hometown: Columbus

Position: Midfielder

John Schuman – Wake Forest University

Hometown: Columbus

Position: Midfielder

Noah Hutchins – University of Kentucky

Hometown: Columbus

Position: Forward

Kenda Revis-Nixon – Tiffin University

Hometown: Westerville

Position: Midfielder

Aidan Bean – University of Dayton

Hometown: Powell

Position: Defender

Hunter Robertson – The Ohio State University

Hometown: Westerville

Position: Defender

Former Club: Classics/Eagles

Joey Cipicchio – Brown University

Hometown: Columbus

Position: Goalkeeper

Former Club: Classics/Eagles

Silankonet Bayo – Wright State University

Hometown: Columbus

Position: Forward

Jack Rademacher – Case Western Reserve University

Hometown: Powell

Position: Midfielder