After a break in play during Easter weekend, the Crew Soccer Academy returned to action to take on their brethren to the North, the CSA Wolves in Michigan. The weekend clash was the only match for the U-16 and U-18 squads. The U-16s fell to CSA Wolves 3-1 while the U-18s played to a 1-1 draw.
Crew Soccer Academy striker Ahinga Selemani showcased the Academy on the international stage on Sunday, as the CSA Wolves product added the final tally in the United States' 3-0 victory over Haiti in group play of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Panama. The U.S. U-17s are back in action Thursday as they take on Guatemala at 7:00 p.m. ET (FOX Soccer).
On the youth levels, Crew Juniors kicked-off their Crew Youth 2013 Spring Season with the Crew Youth Friendlies, with nearly 100 games played across three days. In addition to the soccer action, a used-gear swap was hosted featuring donated soccer cleats, shin guards, soccer balls and soccer clothing exchanged amongst younger players, with surplus items donated to donated to the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.
CREW YOUTH UPDATE ROUND-UP
Carter Richardson returned to net for the Black & Gold after spending the past few months in Bradenton, Fla. with the U.S. U-17 Residency Program as CSA fell to the Wolves 3-1. Hunter Barone netted a first half brace for the Wolves, while Kalenga Selemani added a third in the 65th minute. Devyn Etling scored CSA's only goal of the match. With the win, the Wolves clinched a playoff spot as they sit atop the Central Conference table in U.S. Soccer Development Academy play. CSA is currently in sixth-place after 18 matches.
The CSA and CSA Wolves U-18 squads played to a 1-1 draw as Nate Kohl and Ben Swanson returned to the Black & Gold. Ali Jawad gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute before Charlie Reymann equalized for CSA five minutes later. CSA is currently in fifth place of the USSDA U-18 Central Conference, while the Wolves trail in ninth-place.
The CSA U-16s and U-18s return to action on April 20 when the squad travels to St. Louis to face the Scott Gallagher Metro and Missouri teams. The CSA Wolves U-16 and U-18s are in action this weekend as they travel to face Milwaukee FC on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. ET and Sockers FC in Chicago on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. ET
The Crew travels to Montreal for the first of three matches with the Impact in 2013 this Saturday. Before the Black & Gold head north of the border, let's look back at the three meetings between the two sides in 2012.
A 16th minute red card to Impact defender Jeb Brovsky, followed by a Milovan Mirosevic penalty kick at the half-hour mark lifted the Crew its first win of 2012 in last year's home opener. A second half goal from Olman Vargas on the end of a Shaun Francis cross put the icing on the cake in the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
In its first trip to Stade Saputo, the Crew saw its 1-0 lead vanish in the final 12 minutes of the match after Zarek Valentin's 78th minute tally drew the Impact level. An 89th minute penalty surrendered by Chris Birchall spelled doom for the Black & Gold as Patrice Bernier converted from the spot to lead the home team to victory.
Battling back from a 1-0 deficit at home, Federico Higuaín provided assists to Chad Marshall and Emilio Rentería to lift the Crew to its fourth-straight victory. Rentería's stoppage time tally was the Black & Gold's third-straight winner to come in the final 10 minutes of play.
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union, the Crew Reserves returned to action Sunday morning to face the Michigan State Spartans at Crew Stadium. The Black & Gold Reserves were victorious 4-0 behind three first half goals from Konrad Warzycha, Ryan Finley and a penalty kick from Jairo Arrieta. Shawn Sloan added a fourth tally in the 80th minute.
The Crew Reserves are back in action May 4 against the New York Red Bulls following the First Team match at 4:00 p.m. ET.
CREW VS. MSU
Lineup: Matt Lampson (Daniel Withrow, 65' ); Chad Barson, Eric Gehrig, Kevan George, Drew Beckie (Kyle Hyland, 20'); Ethan Finlay (Beckie, re-enter 78'), Matías Sánchez (Shawn Sloan, 46'), Konrad Warzycha (Wil Trapp, 60'), Justin Meram (Bernardo Anor, 46'); Ryan Finley (Aaron Schoenfeld, 60'), Jairo Arrieta (Lucky Mkosana*, 46').
CLB - Warzycha 5'
CLB - Finley (Meram) 15'
CLB - Arrieta (Penalty) 33'
CLB - Sloan (Hyland) 80'
From Burkina Faso to Malaysia to Finland, today's match between the Crew and Philadelphia Union will be broadcast in 88 countries worldwide. Of course, for fans in Ohio the match will be telecast on FOX Sports Ohio. It is also available online via MLSLive and as part of the Direct Kick package.
Here is the full list of availability around the world:
Nex Media: (Indonesia)
Canal + Scandinavia: (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden)
Sport Klub: (Hungary)
TEN Sports: (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
Sport TV: (Slovenia)
Setanta Africa: (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros Islands, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Helena, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe)
Al Jazeera: (Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen)
Arena Sport: (Former Yugoslavia - except Slovenia)
Astro Supersport: (Malaysia, Brunei)
U.S. Soccer celebrates its 100th anniversary Friday. While the Crew has only been involved in the past 18 years, the organization has left its mark on soccer in the United States.
Through the Crew's 18 years, 37 players that have donned the Black & Gold either as a player or coach have also earned a cap with the U.S. Men's National Team at some point during their playing career. Forward Brian McBride (95 caps), Frankie Hejduk (85 caps) and Brad Friedel (82 caps) have represented the U.S. more than any other Crew players past and present. McBride scored 30 times in his International career, the most of any Crew player to wear the Red, White and Blue.
Chad Marshall and Eddie Gaven are the only current players to earn a call-up to the USMNT.
Famous for hosting three U.S. versus Mexico FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - all 2-0 victories for the United States - Crew Stadium has become the go-to venue for hosting the rivalry when it matters most. Crew Stadium will once again welcome the U.S. and Mexico for a 2014 World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal round match on September 10, 2013.
In total, the Yanks are 6-0-3 in Columbus. The United States has only surrendered one goal in nine matches at Crew Stadium.
The U.S. Women's National Team has also seen success in Columbus. The U.S. Women are currently 4-1-0 in Crew Stadium. Crew Stadium was also selected as one of the host venues of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. 22,828 fans were in attendance to see the USWNT to a 3-0 victory over North Korea.
Heading into Final Four weekend, rookie Wil Trapp owns a seven point lead over Aaron Schoenfeld after correctly selecting four out of the Elite 8 teams in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship bracket. However, if Louisville beats Wichita State, Drew Beckie could win the 2013 Crew Bracket Challenge. Every player chose exactly one of the Final 4 teams, and Beckie is the only one that has a National Championship hopeful with Louisville.
- Wil Trapp - 183 pts.
- Aaron Schoenfeld - 176
- Drew Beckie -169
- Eric Gehrig - 159
The Scoring System:
- 3 points for each team correctly picked to advance to the Round of 32.
- 5 points for each team picked in the Sweet 16.
- 10 points for each team in the Elite 8.
- 25 points for each team in the Final 4.
- 50 points for each team in the National Championship.
- 100 points for correctly picking the National Champion.
The Crew welcomed Zimbabwean forward Lucky Mkosana on-trial with the club on Thursday. Mkosana most recently spent time with the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL-PRO, where he scored seven goals in 16 appearances last season. As a trialist with the Philadelphia Union last fall, Mkosana scored against the Crew in a Reserve League match.
Mkosana was drafted 23rd overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, but was not signed after preseason training.
Photo: The Dartmouth
The Crew will face the Philadelphia Union for the first time in 2013 on Saturday. The three meetings between the two sides last season provided plenty of drama and fireworks as the Black & Gold won two of the three matches.
Last year's series began in Philadelphia in a nationally televised clash on NBC Sports Network. An unfortunate handball from Eric Gehrig in the area led to a Union penalty. Gabriel Gómez converted from the spot for the match's only tally to lift the home side to victory. Eddie Gaven, Chad Marshall and Andy Gruenebaum are the only holdovers from the starting XI in last year's tilt expected to be in the lineup on Saturday.
In a return to PPL Park, defender Carlos Valdes put the Union ahead in the first half when his free kick took a deflection off the Crew wall to beat Matt Lampson in goal. Josh Williams equalized with his first career goal just before halftime. Later in the second half, the defender was sent off after an altercation with Union forward Antoine Hoppenot to leave the Black & Gold with 10 men for the final 22 minutes of the match. After fending off a flurry of Philadelphia attempts on goal in the late moments of the game, newcomer Federico Higuaín orchestrated an attack that ended with Eddie Gaven burying Justin Meram's final pass into an empty net in the 95th minute to earn the Crew three points on the road.
A month following Gaven's stoppage time heroics, the two clubs met at Crew Stadium in a late September goal fest. Jairo Arrieta netted a brace to give the Black & Gold a 2-0 cushion after 50 minutes. The Union battled back, as Hoppenot drew a penalty in the 65th minute that Danny Cruz converted to cut the deficit in half. Later in the 86th minute, Jack McInerney equalized on a one-touch tally from a Roger Torres cross. Just a minute later, Milovan Mirosevic netted the late winner to keep the Crew's playoff hopes alive heading into October. The winning tally was shrouded in controversy as Mirosevic appeared to be offside, but the linesman's flag remained down.
Finding Frankie Hejduk around Columbus just became that much easier.
The Crew legend and Brand Ambassador will be driving a custom Crew Camaro provided Coughlin Cars around town for the next few months. Stay tuned to TheCrew.com for details on how you can win Frankie's ride.
Fresh off Tuesday night's 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Costa Rica and Jamaica, Crew striker Jairo Arrieta returned to training with the Crew Thursday morning in Obetz. Though Arrieta was not featureed in La Sele's 2-0 win over the Reggae Boyz or in last Friday's 1-0 loss to the United States, Arrieta was proud to represent his country in an effort to qualify for soccer's biggest stage.
With one goal in three matches so far this season, Arrieta knows he must continue to produce for the Black & Gold to earn a call-up for Costa Rica's next Qualifiers in June.
"It's an honor for me to be playing for my National Team, but the only way I can play with the National Team is by performing with the Crew," the striker said through a translator. "I'm focused on doing a great job with the Crew, that way I have the opportunity to be called-up again."
In addition to the World Cup Qualifiers in June, Arrieta could miss time with Crew for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. Arrieta helped Costa Rica clinch a berth in the tournament by earning the Golden Boot in the Copa Centroamericana in January.
"I know I will play in qualifying games in the near future," Arrieta said.
"The only way I'll have that chance is if my performance with the Crew is better and better every game."