Adam Bedell is a 6-foot-7 (79 inches tall) forward that the Crew signed officially on Wednesday. Per MLS, he is the tallest rostered player in MLS history. “Adam is a strong, tall target forward that gives additional depth this season,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.
With the addition of Adam Bedell on Wednesday, the Crew’s active roster sits at 30 players. 31 players are officially under contract, but rookie Homegrown Player Matt Wiet is on the Disabled List presently and does not count as a roster spot while he recovers from an ACL surgery.
Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter faced Ben Olsen as a player just one time, on August 22, 2009, in a 0-0 draw between Berhalter’s LA Galaxy and Olsen’s D.C. United.
The last time Gregg Berhalter faced D.C. United was on July 8, 2010 when Berhalter was a starter in the 2-1 win for LA over United. At the time, Ben Olsen was an As- sistant Coach with United, and less than a month later, Olsen took the reins for D.C.
The Crew’s inaugural game was April 13, 1996 in a 4-0 win for the Crew at Ohio Stadium. 560 regular-season games later -- with Saturday as career regular-season game 561 for the Black & Gold -- the Crew and United square-off to open their 19th seasons in MLS.
BERHALTER DEBUT FOR BLACK & GOLD
The Crew takes the field on Saturday under the leadership of Gregg Berhalter as the Sporting Director and Head Coach begins his MLS coaching career after coaching Swedish side Hammerby IF.
CREW BEGINS 19TH MLS CAMPAIGN
The Columbus Crew begins its 19th MLS season and enters the year with an overall regular-season record of 233-222-105 ... Saturday’s match (March 8) marks the sec-ond earliest Crew season start date in club history, six days after last season’s March 2 opener ... as a point of reference, the latest the Crew started a season was its inaugural campaign – alongside nine other charter teams – when Columbus opened play on April 13, 1996.
SEASON-OPENER: FEAST OR FAMINE
The Crew has shut out their opponents in season openers six times and have been held scoreless in the first 90 minutes four times ... the largest margin of victory was the Crew’s first-ever game – a 4-0 win against D.C. on April 13, 1996 ... the team’s largest deficit was a 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay on March 18, 2000 ... the Crew stormed to a 3-0 defeat of Chivas USA last season on March 2 in Carson, Calif.
PAPA DOM WILL BE OUT FOR SEASON-OPENER
Fans of Freaky Fast Dominic Oduro must wait until the Crew’s Opening Match at Crew Stadium on March 22 to see the Ghanaian speedster ... Oduro was issued a red card for a foul in the 90th minute of the regular-season finale against New England on October 27 of last year and is set to serve the mandatory one-game suspension on Saturday in the club’s first tilt of 2014 ... the red card was the first of his career.
Chad Barson reacts to Wednesday's 1-0 victory versus Malmö FF.
Wil Trapp talks about Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Malmö FF in Bradenton.
Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter shares his thoughts following the Black & Gold's 1-0 win against Malmö FF.
Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk talks about his visit to U.S. U-14 Boys' National Team camp and the knowledge he's shared to young players while representing the Black & Gold.
After three seasons in Chicago, Daniel Paladini joined the Crew on December 20, 2013. The 29-year-old caught-up with TheCrew.com during the Bradenton preseason trip so fans could get to know him better.
Coffee or tea in the morning?
Early riser or sleeping in on an off-day?
DP: Up early
Best gift card to receive as a gift and use?
DP: Starbucks or Best Buy
Favorite soccer match-up on TV to watch outside of MLS?
DP: Real Madrid versus Barcelona
Most recent movie you saw?
DP: Captain Phillips
One of the more memorable rounds of 18 holes?
DP: In Hawaii at Kaanapali Golf Course.
Celebrity you’d most want to have following you on social media?
DP: Russell Wilson, and not just because he just won a Super Bowl. He’s a man of faith.
How long did the tattoos on his arm take to complete? What are two of the best concerts he’s ever been to? Which former Crew player and current MLS player is Paladini’s sister married to? Learn more by checking out Paladini’s bio.