Following a training session at Crew Stadium, forward Dominic Oduro spent Tuesday afternoon with children from Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services. The Ghana native shared his story of following his dream to become a pro soccer player and kicked around with the children at the event. Known for his blazing speed on the field, the Black & Gold's leading scorer has embraced the responsibility of being a positive role model in the community that comes with being a professional athlete
Crew players Josh Williams, Andy Gruenebaum, Konrad Warzycha, Ben Speas, Shawn Sloan and Ethan Finlay spent Monday afternoon playing games and hanging out with children from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio at Dave & Buster’s. The Black & Gold will work again with the DSACO when Crew Stadium will host its annual Buddy Walk on Sunday, September 22.
The Columbus Crew welcomed special guest Lucas Swanson to Crew Stadium on Saturday night through the club's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Hero program. Making this night especially memorable was the opportunity he had to meet with Crew goalkeeper and lymphoma survivor Matt Lampson and New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston, who recently made a return to his club after a being diagnosed with a rare but treatable form of leukemia in April, after the match. Lampson also serves as the local spokesperson for the LLS of Central Ohio.
Friday is the last day for Crew Digital Content Editor TJ Ansley as he prepares for a new opportunity as the Director of Digital Media with the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. Ansley joined the Black & Gold front office in February 2010, overseeing TheCrew.com and the club's social media accounts in the time since.
Thank you for your hard work and best of luck in Portland, TJ!
Fresh off his MLS debut, Crew midfielder and Columbus native Wil Trapp appeared on FOX Sports Ohio's All Bets Are Off alongside the Black & Gold's radio voice, Neil Sika on Tuesday. Trapp and Sika discussed the Crew's current season and Trapp's emergence into the First Team with host Bruce Drennan. Check out the video below.
His style of play can be described as "hard-nosed," "gritty" or even "aggressive" at times, but off the field Danny O'Rourke is all class and sophistication. Local media has taken notice of the Crew defender/midfielder's fashion sense as he's been chosen to grace the cover of the 2013 Men's Issue of Capital Style Magazine.
The issue, available at newstands around Columbus later this week, profiles O'Rourke's tastes in fashion and culture as well as other Columbus athletes' styles.
Be on the lookout for the issue soon!
Before the match on June 22 against the Chicago Fire, first responders from the April 27 Crew Stadium scoreboard fire were recognized with a special jersey. The Columbus Crew would like to give them a special thank you for their service.
Station 1 (Union Station Engine House)
Station 2 (Nance Fire Station)
Station 7 (Buckeye Fire Station)
Station 13 (Olde North Columbus Fire Station)
Station 16 (Mock Orchard Fire Station)
Station 18 (South Linden Fire Station)
On the heels of its Military Appreciation Night on June 22, the Crew joined forces with Operation Buckeye to help prepare care packages that will be sent to servicemen and women overseas. Players and staff spent Wednesday afternoon filling boxes with food, toiletries and letters of encouragement to help brighten soldiers' spirits while they serve the United States Military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We have to be thankful for everything the troops do for us," Crew midfielder Justin Meram said. "Anyway I can help give back to them, I will do it. Without them our country wouldn't be so great.
"We have to do everything we can to make their days better. They're out there with just water and not much to eat. These are the times when we need to help and make those days a little bit easier for them."
Last year alone, Operation Buckeye sent over 5,000 boxes overseas to troops stationed overseas. For more information, visit OperationBuckeye.org.
Eddie Gaven's season-ending knee injury, coupled with Saturday's draw 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo, saw the Crew fall to 13th place in each of the four major national media outlets' Power Rankings this week. Perhaps a victory on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Union would see the Crew move back into the top 10.
MLSSoccer.com: 13th (11th)
ESPNFC: 13th (12th)
Sports Illustrated: 13th (12th)
ProSoccerTalk: 13th (12th)
Last week's ranking in parentheses.