Crew legend Brian McBride made his television debut over the weekend, appearing on Fox Soccer's Matchday and Goals On Sunday. The former United States national team captain served as an in-studio analyst, providing commentary on weekend action in the Barclay's Premier League. McBride will continue to give his take on the beautiful game throughout the week for Fox Soccer's coverage of the UEFA Champions League.
In addition to his in-studio work, McBride sat down with FoxSoccer.com's Jamie Trecker to dish on the current state of American soccer. (Nevermind the jersey he's wearing in the photo.)
Heading into Final Four week, Justin Meram retained his lead in the Crew's bracket challenge. Meram, Eric Gehrig, and Cole Grossman tied for correctly picking four teams out of the Elite Eight. Rookie Ethan Finlay was the only player to predict more than one Final Four team. The Creighton product correctly chose Kentucky and Kansas to make the trip to New Orleans.
Check back next week to see who takes the crown in the Crew's March Madness bracket challenge.
1. Justin Meram 189 points
2. Ethan Finlay 186
Josh Williams 186
4. Tom Heinemann 183
5. Eric Gehrig 182
6. Cole Grossman 157
Though his Wolverines were knocked out by the Ohio Bobcats in their opening game of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Justin Meram currently leads the Crew bracket challenge after two rounds with 124 total points. No one's bracket was hit harder by upsets than Tom Heinemann's. The St. Louis native had the Missouri Tigers winning in the National Championship, but Mizzou was shocked by 15-seed Nofolk State on Friday. However, Heinemann tied Meram in correctly predicting eleven of the Sweet 16 teams. Cole Grossman currently sits in last place after his Duke Blue Devils were upset by Lehigh in their Second Round matchup.
The complete standings:
- Justin Meram: 124 points
- Ethan Finlay: 116
- Josh Williams: 111
- Tom Heinemann: 108
- Eric Gehrig: 107
- Cole Grossman: 102
Possible points: 176
After today's training session, there will likely be a lot of trash talking going on in the Crew locker room regarding March Madness.
Here is a list of Crew players with rooting interests in the tournament:
Kentucky: Andy Gruenebaum
North Carolina: Ben Speas, Kirk Urso
Duke: Cole Grossman
Ohio State: Matthew Lampson
Indiana: Rich Balchan, Danny O'Rourke
Louisville: Aaron Horton
Michigan: Justin Meram
Creighton: Ethan Finlay
UConn: Julius James
Virginia: Tony Tchani
University of South Florida: Bernardo Anor, Aubrey Perry
Supplemental draft pick Jamie Finch, a former Washington Husky, is still unsure of who to root for:
Bummed the Dawgs didn't make the tournament. Guess I need to adopt the hometown team... People are big Michigan fans around here right?
— Jamie Finch (@ImCalledFinch) March 11, 2012
March Madness hits Columbus Friday afternoon as the Second and Third Rounds of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship tips off of Nationwide Arena. To get in the spirit, Crew players filled out brackets after Tuesday's training session.
To no surprise, five out of six players chose the overall number-one seed Kentucky Wildcats to take the crown in New Orleans next month.
Let's take a look at some of the brackets:
Rookie winger Ethan Finlay rode his Creighton Bluejays all the way to the Elite Eight.
Eric Gehrig claims he was rushed in filling out his bracket, predicting three of the four one seeds would reach the Final Four.
Looking for a couple of Second Round upsets, Josh Williams thinks New Mexico State will upset Indiana, VCU will beat Wichita State, and NC State will surprise San Diego State.
Cole Grossman held out belief his Duke Blue Devils would win their fourth National Championship, but reconsidered and chose Kentucky to win it all.
Columbus's favorite Wolverine, Justin Meram, talked the talk for Michigan. However, he doesn't have the Maize and Blue making it past the Sweet 16.
Home is where the heart is for Tom Heinemann, the Missouri native predicts the Mizzou Tigers will be dancing to "One Shining Moment" in New Orleans.
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.
Stay tuned to TheCrew.com to see which player will have bragging rights around Crew Stadium.
EA SPORTS simulated the 2012 MLS season and crowned the LA Galaxy MLS Cup champs already as well as a third straight Supporters Shield. But lucky for the rest of MLS that we have to let the play on the pitch handle who wins it all. The simulation also predicts that the Crew will finish tied for second with Sporting KC in the Eastern Conference with 59 pts while scoring 47 goals and only giving up 33 goals. EA SPORTS also predicts that Black & Gold midfielder Milovan Mirosevic will notch 10 goals on the season.
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