We should all take a moment today to thank the soccer lords for social media.
How else could a membership manager at Perth Glory Football Club in West Leederville, Australia connect with Columbus Crew fans in Columbus, Ohio?
It all started on August 1, when Chris Edwards individually tweeted all 19 MLS Clubs, asking why he should support each one. A few short days later, the Crew faithful had convinced Chris that he needed to be Columbus ‘Til I Die. In his words, the fans had been brilliant in communicating and engaging with him, which is one of the reasons why he was interested in supporting the club. But for Chris, being able to support the club didn’t just mean being a fan from afar. He wanted to make an impact all the way from Australia, but wasn’t exactly certain how to do so. That was how he and I became connected; one of our season ticket holders recommended he speak to me about some ideas, and we started exchanging (lengthy) emails.
We started to discuss the similarities in the two front offices—Perth Glory plays in the Hyundai A-League, which is incredibly similar in structure to Major League Soccer. Both our clubs played their first season in their respective leagues in 1996. Until Crew Stadium was built in 1999, we started our first few seasons playing out of Ohio Stadium (built for football). Perth has been playing in stadiums structured for cricket or Australian-Rules football as they wait on construction to begin for their updated venue. Michael Garcia and Bobby Despotovski, both former players, work with the club in their front office, just as we’re lucky to have Frankie Hejduk and Duncan Oughton working with ours.
Perth refers to their season ticket holders as “members” of the club, and as a membership manager, Chris works on building their season ticket base. I shared with him the details on Goal 10k and the importance it holds for our club as we get closer and closer to 10,000 season ticket holders. Perth, too, is seeking to reach new membership numbers this season, so we had much to share with each other.
As our conversation turned to talking about the benefits of young players being able to see the game live, it became evident how Chris wanted to support the team. In order to both contribute to Goal 10k and help our local youths, Chris purchased four full season tickets and donated them to Kicks For Kids, a program of the Crew Soccer Foundation. Through Chris’s donation, 72 kids will have the opportunity to see the highest level of the world’s beautiful game live in 2013.
Crew Soccer Nation, please be sure to welcome our new MASSIVE member, Chris Edwards to our family. From the other side of the world, Chris will be touching the lives of our youth right here in Columbus Ohio.
If anyone wants to connect with Chris Edwards…
Perth Glory FC
Written by Crew Season Ticket Account Executive: Melanie Seiser
Today would have been Lamar Hunt's 80th birthday. From all of Crew Soccer Nation, thank you Lamar for your passion and vision for soccer in America!
Crew legend Frankie Hejduk took to the streets of Columbus early Friday morning on a trolley decked out in Black & Gold to rally fans ahead of tomorrow's match against D.C. United. Afterward, Frankie joined 99.7 The Blitz's Loper and Randi on air to help promote the match.
A limited supply of tickets remain for the supporters' trip to Bridgeview this weekend. As of Wednesday afternoon, only five bus spots were open on the two buses the NorOnTour is taking to watch the Crew take on the Fire, according to Kevin McCollough, a member of Crew Union leadership. In all, the supporters groups have sold 205 of the 250 seats in Section 134 at Toyota Park.
To purchase your tickets, head to CrewUnion.com. Tickets will be sold until Friday at noon.
Good news! Our proposed 100-foot signage marquee is another step closer to reality, after unanimous passage (with conditions) by the City Graphics Commission on Tuesday. The Graphics Commission hears requests for variances, special permits, appeals, graphics plans and certain miscellaneous graphics. The Crew’s proposal, for a cylindrical tower on the North side of Crew Stadium facing I-71, will now be considered by the Ohio Expositions Commission, which manages the State Fairgrounds property on which Crew Stadium is located.
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.
Several MLSers talk about their favorite player which happens to hold a special place in our hearts, Brian McBride.
For those soccer players who like to support a good cause, you should check out the Heroes Cup 6v6 adult soccer tournament taking place at Buckeye Lake on June 23rd and 24th. The event honors Columbus native Shawn Hannon who recently lost his life while serving in Afghanistan.
To learn more, visit 6v6soccer.com.