Like Brian Bliss and Duncan Oughton, Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer weighed in on his All-Time MLS Best XI. Hesmer deviated from Bliss and Oughton's 3-5-2 formation to go with a 4-1-4-1 look. The veteran 'keeper chose a very American-laden lineup with the exception of Canadian Dwayne De Rosario and former Crew teammate Guillermo Barros Schelotto, check it out:
William Hesmer's All-Time MLS XI (4-1-4-1)
|DF||Carlos Bocanegra||Kasey Keller|
|DF||Chad Marshall||Ryan Nelsen|
|DF||Jeff Agoos||Wade Barrett|
|CDM||Brian Michael Carroll||Marco Etcheverry|
|RW||Landon Donovan||Shalrie Joseph|
|CAM||Dwayne De Rosario||
|CAM||Guillermo Barros essssSchelotto||Jaime Moreno|
|LW||Clint Dempsey||Coach: Jeff Cunningham|
As part of MLS Supporters Week, former MLSers and Crew front office personnel Brian Bliss and Duncan Oughton took the time out of their Monday to choose their All-Time MLS Best XIs. Bliss took the time to list all the candidates he felt were qualified at each position and narrowed the list down one by one. Oughton went the extra mile and included a bench to his list.
Check it out:
Brian Bliss' All-Time MLS XI (3-5-2)
Duncan Oughton's All-Time MLS XI (3-5-2)
|DF||Ryan Nelsen (love for a fellow Kiwi)||Tim Howard|
|DF||Frankie Hejduk||Carlos Bocanegra|
|CDM||Peter Nowak||Chris Armas|
|LM||Mark Chung||Ross Paule|
|CM||Marco Etcheverry||Robert Warzycha (or I might lose my job!)|
|RM||Clint Dempsey||Stern John|
|CAM||Guillermo Barros Schelotto||Jeff Cunningham|
(Note: Oughton only chose ex-MLS players)
Check back TheCrew.com throughout the week for more Crew personalities' All-Time MLS Best XIs.
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Tomorrow's debut episode will showcase Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman.
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With his pick of Kentucky and Kansas to play for the National Championship, rookie Ethan Finlay came from behind to surpass Justin Meram in the Crew Bracket challenge. Heading into the Final Four, Meram led both Finlay and Josh Williams by three points. However, Meram predicted Kentucky would play North Carolina in the championship game, giving Finlay the victory.
Tommy Heinemann had Syracuse and Missouri playing for the title with Mizzou winning. Needless to say, he finished last.
Here are the final standings:
1. Ethan Finlay 386 points
2. Justin Meram 339
3. Josh Williams 336
4. Eric Gehrig 332
5. Cole Grossman 307
6. Tommy Heinemann 183
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