The United States U-17 Men's National Team kicked off the 2012 Nike International Friendlies Wednesday night in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with an eight goal draw against South American power Brazil. Crew Soccer Academy Wolves product Ahinga Selemani seemingly scored the winning tally in the 81st minute, just 11 minutes after coming on as a second half substitute. However, Brazil got the equalizer three minutes later when Murilo headed Indio's free kick past U.S. goalkeeper Paul Christensen to cement the 4-4 result. CSA alum and Grove City native Ben Swanson went the full 90 minutes in Richie Williams' midfield.
The U.S. U-17s resume play in the series against Turkey on Friday.
The Crew Soccer Academy U-16 and U-18 squads were idle once again this week ahead of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Winter Showcase in Sarasota, Florida next weekend. Similarly, the U-16, U-17 and U-18 Crew Juniors Gold girls squads will head to Raleigh, North Carolina for the CASL Women's Showcase Soccer Series.
Ben Swanson, CSA Wolves product Ahinga Selemani and the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team have a busy week ahead. The Stars and Stripes host Brazil on Wednesday, Turkey on Friday and Portugal on Sunday for the 2012 edition of the Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
On the college stage, CSA product Eric Erb excelled on the field and in the classroom during his senior season at Case Western Reserve University. The Worthington native registered four goals and two assists to go with his 3.96 grade point average as a nutritional biochemistry and chemistry double-major to earn Capital One Academic All- District VII First Team and Second-Team All-UAA honors this season. On Tuesday, Erb added to his accolades by earning a spot on the Capital One Academic All-American team.
Erb was an instrumental player on the U-19 and U-20 teams that won the national championships in 2010 for Crew Juniors. He played on the U-17 team that won the Ohio South State Cup. Coached by Billy Thompson for a number of years, Thompson said this of Erb: "Eric always had a great work rate and a fantastic attitude. He gave 100% every time he stepped in the field – committed to getting better every day.”
The NCAA Division I Tournament held its Sweet Sixteen round on Sunday while the Division III tourney was idle in preparation for next weekend's Final Four. Here are how the remaining Crew Youth alumni performed in the Sweet Sixteen:
No. 5 AKRON -- Chad Barson, Wil Trapp (Assist), Eric Stevenson, Tommy Schmitt, Andrew Souders, Alex Ranalli (DNP), Andrian MacAdams (DNP): 1-1 (5-4) L vs. Creighton in NCAA Sweet Sixteen
No. 10 LOUISVILLE -- Alex Obbey (Assist): 2-1 W vs. Northwestern in NCAA Sweet Sixteen
No. 1 NOTRE DAME -- Connor Klekota (DNP): 2-1 L vs. Indiana in NCAA Sweet Sixteen
No. 3 GEORGETOWN -- David Witkoff (DNP): 1-0 (4-2) W vs.Syracuse in NCAA Sweet Sixteen
MESSIAH (DIII) -- Luke Helmuth, Jack Thompson and Logan Thompson: November 30 vs. Loras in Final Four
OHIO NORTHERN (DIII) -- Ryan Sabol and Austin Windsor: November 30 vs. Williams in Final Four
MESSIAH WOMEN (DIII) -- Mackenzie Clapper: November 30 vs. Misericordia in Final Four
*CSA Manager Karen Crognale contributed to this article
Crew games, International friendlies, sell-out concerts, OHSAA FInals -- Crew Stadium has hosted it all, but Friday will mark the first-ever NCAA Division I football game in the "House that Lamar Built" when Bowling Green squares off against Mid-American Conference rival Buffalo.
Hosting college football has long been a goal for the stadium operations staff.
"On the operations side, we've been trying for a few years to get a MAC game and it's very exciting to bring this level of football to Crew Stadium for the first time," Crew Stadium Senior Director of Stadium Business Development Ryan Smith said. "It's definitely going to be an exciting game. I think the matchup is exciting, and it will be very good for our stadium to expand on on the diverse style of events that we host. This is just an extension of the diverse calendar we try to bring to Crew Stadium."
With a 7-4 record, a win on Friday over Buffalo would further Bowling Green's chances of a bowl bid. Kickoff is slated for 2:00 p.m. ET.
NBC4's Monica Day visited the Crew's training ground in Obetz recently to find out how the Black & Gold are raising awareness for men's health issues through the Movember campaign. The package was featured on the station's morning show on Tuesday.
For more information, visit the Crew's Movember page.
The Crew Soccer Academy U-16 and U-18 squads were idle this week. After 12 matches, the U-16s sit in fifth place in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Central Conference Mid-America Division with 18 points. The CSA Wolves lead the division on 31 points. In the U-18 age group, CSA is in eighth place on the table with 16 points and the CSA Wolves are in sixth place with 20 points.
The Pre-Academy 16s & 18s and the Gold 16s, 17s, 18s Boys teams started their seasons at the CASL College Showcase in Raleigh, North Carolina this past weekend. This is one of the top events and College Showcases in the country with over 300 college coaches attending. The event was a great start to the season and a success overall for the teams providing good competition, college recruiting exposure and professional expectations.
Ben Swanson, CSA Wolves product Ahinga Selemani, Carter Richardson and the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team will host Brazil, Turkey, and Portugal November 28 - December 4 in Florida. The friendlies take place during U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, which CSA will be attending.
Selemani, a striker, committed to play his college career at Michigan State on Wednesday night.
In the college ranks, the NCAA Tournament began on Thursday and resumed through the weekend. Here is how all the CSA alumni and their teams fared:
(Seeded teams receive First Round bye)
No. 5 AKRON -- Chad Barson, Wil Trapp, Eric Stevenson, Tommy Schmitt, Andrew Souders, Alex Ranalli (DNP), Andrian MacAdams (DNP):
2-1 W vs. Michigan in NCAA Second Round, Goalscorers: Stevenson, Schmitt
SOUTH FLORIDA -- Eric Osswald: 0-0 (3-2 PK) W DNP vs. FGCU in First Round
1-0 L DNP vs. Tulsa in Second Round
No. 10 LOUISVILLE -- Alex Obbey: 5-0 W vs. Winthrop in Second Round
No. 15 WAKE FOREST -- Andy Lubahn: 2-1 L DNP vs. Coastal Carolina in Second Round
No. 1 NOTRE DAME -- Connor Klekota: 3-0 W DNP vs. Michigan State in Second Round
No. 3 GEORGETOWN -- David Witkoff: 1-0 W DNP vs. Charlotte in Second Round
XAVIER -- Matt Walker, Will Walker, Rhodes Moore, Nick Hagglund: 1-0 W vs. Kentucky in First Round, Goalscorer: Spencer (W. Walker)
4-1 L vs. No. 16 Indiana, Goalscorer: M. Walker (Spencer)
BOSTON COLLEGE -- Justin Luthy: 1-0 L vs. Northeastern, 6 saves in First Round
No. 6 UCLA -- Matt Wiet 5-2 L DNP vs. San Diego in Second Round
MESSIAH (DIII) -- Luke Helmuth, Jack Thompson and Logan Thompson: 2-2 (4-2 PK) W vs. York in Sweet Sixteen
3-0 W vs. Scranton in Elite Eight
OHIO NORTHERN (DIII) -- Ryan Sabol and Austin Windsor: 4-1 W vs. Susquehanna in Sweet Sixteen
2-1 W vs. Montclair St. in Elite Eight
MESSIAH WOMEN (DIII) -- Mackenzie Clapper: 5-0 W vs. MIT in Sweet Sixteen
3-0 W vs. Johns Hopkins in Elite Eight
The Crew family welcomed its newest addition on Monday at 11:43 a.m. with the birth of Hudson Richard Ansley, the son of TheCrew.com Editor T.J. Ansley and his wife Kelly. Little Hudson weighed-in at 5 lbs., 15 oz. and measured at 19.25 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well, while T.J. claimed to be hungry.
Hudson has already been given plenty of Crew-related gear, including this custom "Hudson Street Ansley" onesie in case he decides to join the Hudson Street Hooligans in his future.
You never know what you will find on YouTube. For example, this compilation of footage from 10TV's Wall-to-Wall Sports in 1996.
Enjoy this blast from the past.
After electrifying the Crew attack with nine goals and four assists in the second half of the 2012 season, striker Jairo Arrieta is happy to be in Costa Rica camp once again. Arrieta hopes he can impress Costa Rican head coach Jorge Luis Pinto to earn another call-up for the upcoming CONCAF Hexagonal round of 2014 World Cup Qualifying. The 28-year-old forward spoke to the Costa Rican media on Sunday ahead of La Sele's friendly against Bolivia on Wednesday (translated):
“You have to take advantage of the opportunities, the effort and work I put in with the Columbus Crew has been rewarded with a call-up. I have to work hard, just like I am used to with my team... So I will try to take advantage of the opportunity to earn a spot and be here for the [World Cup] qualifier. If I get to play in Bolivia, I hope to score and do well to remain in the National Team Player Pool.”
The Ticos kickoff against Bolivia at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday from the Estadio Hernando Stiles in Santa Cruz.
The Crew Soccer Academy made the 16-hour trek to Minnesota over the weekend to face the Minnesota Thunder and Shattuck St. Mary's. Both the U-16 and U-18 squads prevailed over the Thunder. The U-18s set the tone on Saturday with a 3-1 win following goals from Nicolas Russo, Daniel Allen and Andrew McKelvey. The U-16 side followed suit, beating the Thunder 3-2 behind goals from Silankonet Bayo, George Braima and William Bayemi.
On Sunday, the Academy wasn't as fortunate as both teams fell to Shattuck St. Mary's. A brace from Noah Hutchins and another goal from Georges Daoud weren't enough as the U-16 squad lost a 4-3 heartbreaker. The 18s were shutout in a 3-0 defeat.
U.S. Soccer announced its plans for the 10th anniversary of the Nike International Friendlies last week. Ben Swanson, Carter Richardson and the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team will host Brazil, Turkey, and Portugal November 28 - December 4 in Florida. The friendlies take place during U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, which CSA will be attending.
The regular season in college soccer wrapped-up last week, followed by Monday's NCAA Tournament selection. Here is how a few Crew Youth alumni fared in their conference championships and where they will be playing in the tournament:
Akron Zips (17-1-2) This Week: 2-0 W vs. Bowling Green, 2-0 W vs. Northern Illinois -- WON MAC CHAMPIONSHIP
The top-ranked Zips set a new NCAA record by extending their conference unbeaten run to 47 matches while also securing Akron's ninth MAC Championship over the weekend. On Friday, CSA product Wil Trapp opened the scoring against in-state rival Bowling Green with a strike from distance. Less than two minutes later, fellow Crew Youth alum Thomas Schmitt tallied to put the Zips up 2-0 over the Falcons. In the MAC Championship game against Northern Illinois on Sunday, Eric Stevenson helped set-up Saad Abdul-Salaam's opening goal while Chad Barson and Andrew Souders anchored the back line to its 16th shutout of the season. The Zips recieved the fifth overall seed in Monday's NCAA tournament drawing and will face the winner of Niagara and Michigan on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Xavier Musketeers (13-2-5) This Week: 1-1 (3-2 PK) W vs. Dayton, 1-0 L vs. Saint Louis
Matt Walker supplied the lone goal in the Musketeers' 1-1 penalty shootout win against Dayton in their first match of the Atlantic-10 Tournament before Xavier was knocked out of the tourney by Saint Louis on Friday. Additionally, CSA product Nick Hagglund was named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year. Xavier kicks off NCAA Tournament play against Kentucky on Thursday and will play Indiana on Sunday if they advance.
Boston College Golden Eagles (8-5-5) This Week: 0-0 (3-1) L at Clemson
Holding Clemson scoreless for 120 minutes on Tuesday wasn't enough for senior goalkeeper Justin Luthy and the 24th-ranked Golden Eagles as Boston College was ousted from the ACC Tournament. Luthy and the Golden Eagles face crosstown rival Northeastern on Thursday and will play UConn if they win.
UCLA Bruins (13-2-3) This Week: 2-1 W vs. San Diego State WON PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Matt Wiet helped the Bruins claim their fourth PAC-12 title in five years with Friday's 2-1 victory against San Diego State. The PAC-12 Champions received the sixth-overall seed and will play the winner of San Diego vs. Cal State Northridge on Sunday.
Other Crew Youth alumni playing in the tournament include:
Eric Osswald -- South Florida (vs. Florida Gulf Coast - Thursday, 7:00 p.m.)
Alex Obbey -- Louisville (vs. SMU/Winthrop - Sunday, 7:00 p.m.)
Andy Lubahn -- Wake Forest (vs. Elon/Coastal Carolina - Sunday, 5:00 p.m.)
Connor Klekota -- Notre Dame (vs. Cleveland St./Michigan St. - Sunday, 7:00 p.m.)
David Witkoff -- Georgetown (vs. UAB/Charlotte - Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
Luke Helmuth, Jack Thompson and Logan Thompson -- Messiah (DIII) – Sweet 16
Ryan Sabol and Austin Windsor -- Ohio Northern (DIII) – Sweet 16
Mackenzie Clapper -- Messiah (DIII Women)
The 2012 OHSAA State Finals kick off Friday at Crew Stadium when Ontario faces Middletown Bishop Fenwick in the Division III Girls' Final at noon, followed by the Division II Final between Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit and then Columbus St. Francis De Sales. Perrysburg vs. Mason at 7:00 p.m. in the Girls' Division I State Final will round out Friday's action.
On Saturday, the boys finalists will take the field. Gates Mills Hawken squares off against Cincinnati Summit Country Day at noon in the Division III Final. Crew forward Ben Speas' alma mater Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy will look to win its fourth State Championship at 3:30 p.m. as it takes on Dayton Carroll in the Division II Final. Sylvania Southview against Powell Olentangy Liberty closes out the action in the Division I Final at 7:00 p.m.
Before winning back-to-back NCAA Championships at Indiana, two Supporters Shields and an MLS Cup with the Crew, Danny O'Rourke captained Worthington Kilbourne to the 2000 Divsion I state title at Crew Stadium. O'Rourke can relate to the excitement each of the players are going through ahead this weekend's action.
"To this day, I still remember the build-up to that game and being really excited," the midfielder explained. "Not only just to play in the State Final, but where it was held and being in the locker room, stepping on the field and holding up the trophy at the end."
Admission to this weekend's matches is $8 per game. The stadium will not be emptied after each game and re-entry will not be permitted. Parking for the event is set at $5.