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.
Josh Williams, Justin Meram, Ethan Finlay, Chad Marshall and Eric Gehrig caught some of the First Round action at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Thursday. Along with Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk, the players took part in a short Q&A with 610 WTVN and FOX Sports Ohio personality Dave Maetzold before heading to the Nationwide Digital House to shoot a video with our friend Ashleigh Ignelzi.
After the players' media duties were through, they were able to take in some of the tournament play. For some of the players, it was a nice change of pace to be a spectator at a sporting event for once.
"It's unique," Gehrig said. "Golfers carry such an aura about them. It's such a hard sport and there's only a select few who can do it so well. You can't really replace the feeling or the environment of seeing it in real life. It's pretty cool.
"I encourage anyone who hasn't been to a PGA Tour event to definitely get out to see one."
— Cody Sharrett (@CodySharrett) May 30, 2013
In case you missed, Tuesday night served as a talent show of sorts for Crew players on Twitter. First, following a long day of band practice, the @YellowSwagBand handle was launched to start promoting Sloan and the Keepers, a band made up of guitar players and karaoke all-stars Shawn Sloan, Daniel Withrow and Andy Gruenebaum. The band later tweeted the video for their first song, a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" dedicated to defender Tyson Wahl (above).
Wahl's thoughts on being the muse for the band's tune?
"First of all, I was shocked that they even thought of me," the defender said. "When writing a song, to spontaneously think of me out of everyone else is flattering. It was kind of stupid and funny at the same time. I thought it was hilarious."
The band is profiled in this week's Columbus Alive!, available for FREE at various locations around the city.
— Shawn Sloan (@ShawnSloan) May 14, 2013
If you prefer Hell's Kitchen to American Idol, Ethan Finlay and Ryan Finley later took to the social media website to showcase their cooking skills and debate who the really deserves the title of "Chef Fin."
@ethanfinlay13 Debatable. Need to see the finish product.
— Ryan Finley (@Ryan_Finley9) May 14, 2013
@ethanfinlay13 kids got potential
— Ryan Finley (@Ryan_Finley9) May 14, 2013
Columbus Crew Owner/Director Lamar Hunt, Jr. and Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk paid a visit to Shady Lane Elementary School on Monday morning to inspire second graders to pursue college in their future. Frankie led the classes in a "We are MASSIVE!" chant before sharing his story of hard work in school and on the field. Lamar Hunt, Jr. then read the book "I Know I Can" aloud, which taught the children the importance of working hard toward a college education.
The event was part of the I Know I Can program, which helps Columbus City Schools students enter and succeed in college. Following the presentation. each of the students was given a voucher for a free ticket to an upcoming Crew match.
Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk joined local sportscasters Clay Hall, David Wilkinson and Matt Barnes, along with Max & Erma's President Steve Weis, in the “Monster Meat” eating challenge benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus with Max & Erma’s & Ringling Bros. Thursday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center.
Hejduk and the others went head-to-head with seven Asian elephants in the competition, with the humans eating Max & Erma's sliders and the elephants devouring carrots, bread, watermelon and lettuce.
Lacking appetite, the former Crew and U.S. Men's National Team defender only finished four sliders to finish well-behind the sportscasters. The real winner in the end was the kids of Columbus as Max & Erma's donated $18,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs.
Though the Crew's loss to the New York Red Bulls saw the Black & Gold fall in most national media outlets' Power Rankings, the club also remains in the top 10 most outlets' rankings. After 10 weeks of the 2013 MLS Season, Sports Illustrated and MLSSoccer.com have the Crew ranked the highest in the ninth spot.
MLSSoccer.com: 9th (6th)
ProSoccerTalk: 11th (11th)
ESPNFC: 10th (8th)
Soccer By Ives: 10th (8th)
Sports Illustrated: 9th (9th)
Crew defender Josh Williams was named to MLSSoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week Ten after a commanding performance against the New York Red Bulls. Williams is the third Crew player to earn Team of the Week honors in 2013 after Jairo Arrieta and Danny O'Rourke were named in Week Nine.
The Black & Gold welcome the Colorado Rapids to Crew Stadium at 7:30 P.M. ET. Plenty of great ticket packages remain available for purchase.
After the match against New York, the Black & Gold headed to L-Yoga Flow for a little regeneration and stretching. Here is a tweet L-Yoga sent out after their session.
— lyogaflow (@lyogaflow) May 6, 2013
Crew Homegrown’s Chad Barson & Aaron Horton served as Celebrity Referees for a Project Hope Fundraiser at Olentangy Liberty High School on Monday, April 29th. Barson is a graduate of Olentangy High School and Horton is a graduate of Olentangy Orange High School. It was a spirited match between a club soccer team and a team of seniors and coaches from the Varsity Soccer team. The club team came out on top with some last minute heroics that was so exciting even Chad and Aaron joined in the celebrations! Project Hope works to make health care available for people around the globe. Click here for more information on Project Hope.