Julius James talks about his time living in Toronto while on the team's pregame walk.
The Crew's newest signing, forward Aaron Schoenfeld, sat down with TheCrew.com's Cody Sharrett to talk about his path to Columbus, his MLS debut, and more.
Cody Sharrett: Aaron, first of all, welcome to Columbus. Explain the process and emotions of leaving the Montreal Impact camp and getting a call from the Crew.
Aaron Schoenfeld: The day I got released from Montreal, I was pretty devasted-- as any player would be. It's been definitely my dream to become a professional soccer player. When that happened, it was kind of a whirlwind. You don't know if anything else is going to work out. At the same time, when I got released, the next day I was in camp with Orlando City SC, a USL side. I trained with them for three or four days, and then I got a call from (the Crew). It was just crazy, the turn of events. I was more than excited to have one more opportunity. I knew if I didn't make it here, I would have to end up playing in a lower division.
CS: You made your debut against the team that cut you, Montreal. You had a couple of good touches, but never really got a chance at goal, was there any extra motivation to score against the Impact?
AS: I little bit, for sure. At the same time, I'm not saying I disagree with their decision... I was confident enough and I thought I should've made their roster, but since I'm not mad at them there's no hard feelings. Obviously, I wanted to go out there and not necessarily prove that they made a mistake, but at the same time those are my buds and it's always fun to score on your friends.
CS: You're from Knoxville, Tennessee. MLS-wise that's kind of a no-man's land. Were there any teams you followed growing up?
AS: To be honest, the Columbus Crew is the closest team to Knoxville. If you do support MLS there, it's the Columbus Crew. Growing up, we played tournaments in Dayton. A lot of my teammates and I would drive to the Crew games.
CS: You're obviously a big guy at 6'3", providing a nice target forward for the Crew. What weapons do you bring to the field?
AS: I try to use my strength and my size the best that I can. If I utilize it, it can be an advantage: being big, trying to hold the play up and linking other people in. Pretty much, my game should be around the ball, getting a head to the end of balls, and getting tap-ins off the rebound.
Crew rookie Kevan George and the U23 Trinidad & Tobago National Team will kick off CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying against Mexico tonight in Los Angeles. George scored in the Soca Warriors' final preparation match against Clarema United on Sunday. Friday night's match vs. Mexico can be found on Universal Sports Network and streaming online at CONCACAF.com. Kickoff is slated for 11:30PM EST.
After sustaining a concussion just minutes into his debut for Leeds United, former Crew winger Robbie Rogers made his way onto the scoresheet for The Whites in Tuesday's 3-0 exhibition victory against Carlisle United. In addition to scoring his first goal for LUFC, the 2008 MLS Best XI honoree was pleased to go the entire 90 minutes for his new club. Rogers has happy to be back on the field, tweeting:
First 90 min game in 6 weeks, feels great to play football!
— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) March 13, 2012
The performance should help Rogers's chances of being included in manager Neil Warnock's squad on Saturday as the Yorkshire side returns to nPower Championship play, taking on West Ham.
Official story from Leeds United here.
(Photo courtesy of LeedsUnited.com)
Crew rookie midfielder, Ethan Finlay talks about his first MLS game after coming in for Dilly Duka in the first half against Colorado.
Crew draftee Kevan George has been called into Trinidad & Tobago’s Under-23 National Team camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in advance of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, which they kick off against Mexico on March 23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson Calif. The Soca Warriors will play five tune-up matches in Florida over two weeks before the Olympic qualifying roster is announced.
“Playing for T&T would be an honour,” George told TTFF media officer Shaun Fuentes. “I have been in contact with the U-23s and I will meet up with them in Florida before the qualifiers to try earn a spot on the team.
“Every day is very competitive in training and you have to bring your best game to show the coaches what you are capable of and earn the respect of your teammates,” he said of his stint in the MLS. George is hoping to put in meaningful contributions to T&T’s Olympic campaign.
Crew rookie and UNC grad Kirk Urso is doing a little bragging now that UNC beat Cole Grossman's alma mater Duke to win the regular season ACC title. Listen to what the bet was between the two midfielders and what Cole must do now to pay up.
Rookie midfielder from UNC, Kirk Urso, talks with TheCrew.com about signing his first professional contract, his time training with Bolton and a possible bet with teammate and Duke alum Cole Grossman on the UC/Duke game.
Crew midfielder Dilly Duka joins the club in preseason after his time with the US U23 team. Dilly talks about his time with the National Team and his goals for the upcoming season.
Rookie defender Aubrey Perry talks about signing his first professional contract with the Columbus Crew.