Black & Gold Bullets: April 3

Thursday's Crew headlines

Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst started for the USMNT last night in its 1-1 draw against the Mexican National Team in Arizona. See how Greg Seltzer of MLSsoccer.com rated Parkhurst’s performance as well as the rest of the team in his article here.

After his five-save performance against Seattle Sounders FC, Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark was ranked fourth on the Castrol MLS Index. Check out the top 20 players and analysis in Diane Scavuzzo’s article on Soccer Nation.

Toronto FC will be missing a few key players from its Starting XI when it takes on the Crew at Columbus Crew Stadium on Saturday. Striker Jermain Defoe, the team goal leader, is out due to injury and Captain Steve Caldwell is out due to suspension. Read more about Defoe’s injury and Caldwell’s suspension in MLSsoccer.com articles by Armen Bedakian and  Simon Borg.