TheCrew.com caught-up with the Black & Gold's newest signing, rookie Drew Beckie, who officially joined the club's roster on Friday afternoon.
Crew Designated Player Federico Higuain made the media rounds while in New York this week. Here is an interview Pipa did with CNN Español.
“Espero poder quedarme aquí mucho tiempo” - Federico Higuain
Translation: "I hope to be able to stay here for a long time"
Black & Gold midfielder, Ethan Finlay, talks with TheCrew.com after his two-goal performance against the Philadelphia Union to help the Crew to a 4-0 win in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.
— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 22, 2013
#Crew96 gets a Brazilian. Pretty smooth, Bliss.
— MassiveCity (@MassiveCityFFC) January 22, 2013
With Glauber paired with Chad Marshall in the central defense, Josh Williams to right back and Danny O'Rourke to d-mid. #crew96
— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) January 22, 2013
Crew signs Brazilian defender Gláuber. 29-year-old centerback was playing for Rapid Bucharest of Romania's top division ow.ly/h1rg5
— Hot Time In Old Town (@HotTimeOldTown) January 22, 2013
— Kevin Walter (@walter4dublin) January 22, 2013
Personally, I can't wait to see how Glauber does. I think he could do very well in MLS. #Crew96
— Alex Stanek (@Ratzaroony) January 22, 2013
After seeing #Crew96 sign a new player today, an after the draft last week, I'm so damn excited for March 16 when I get to c the Crew again!
— James Key (@jbkeysportsfan) January 22, 2013
Glaubert Berti once tweaked his Harley to give it 4 wheel drive. #crew96
— Adam Kincaid (@AdamKincaid1) January 22, 2013
FOX: Columbus Crew signs Brazilian defender - The Columbus Crew has signed Brazilian defender Glauber Leandro Honora... ow.ly/2upIu4
— ESPN970WFUN (@ESPN970WFUN) January 22, 2013
*Breaking Transfer News* Columbus Crew have signed an absolute legend in Glauber Berti #legend
— Simon Wood (@simonwood123) January 22, 2013
MLS Ticker: Silvestre on trial with Timbers, Crew sign Glauber, and more: bit.ly/Vo772j
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 22, 2013
— Matt Goshert (@mattgoshert) January 22, 2013
Glauber Berti's calender goes from March 31st to April 2nd because nobody fools Berti. #Crew96
— Hudson St. Hooligans (@HSHCrew) January 22, 2013
Crew have signed Brazilian defender Gláuber Leandro Honorato Berti. Can't wait for The Thing themed TIFO. #It'sGlauberingTime!
— Yellow Nation Army (@YellowNatArmy) January 22, 2013
Costa Rica kicked off play in the 2013 Copa Centroamericano late Friday night, with Crew striker Jairo Arrieta providing the difference in the host country's 1-0 victory over Belize. Arrieta's 55th minute tally was his first goal for La Sele in five career caps.
The Ticos will resume play in the tournament on Sunday against Nicaragua. Copa Centroamericano runs until January 27 and the top five teams in the seven-team tournament qualify for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, Arrieta may not report to Crew training camp at that point as La Sele begins the Hexagonal round of 2014 World Cup Qualifying in Panama on February 6.
Match Report: Costa Rica 1 - Belize 0 (in Spanish)
Photo Credit: Imagenesencostarica.com
After signing as the fifth Homegrown player in Crew history, University of Akron standout Chad Barson joined TheCrew.com's Cody Sharrett for a short Q&A.
Cody Sharrett: Congratulations on signing with the Crew. How do you plan on contributing to the Black & Gold as a rookie?
Chad Barson: I think I bring a good work ethic. I have a good mentality in the way I approach things. I'm willing to contribute, and I'm a team guy. I put the team first. I'll put the team's needs above my own and whatever they need, that's what I'm willing to do.
CS: You've been captain for the past two seasons at Akron and as a centerback, you have to be a leader on the field. How do you approach being a leader as a rookie?
CB: You have to be yourself. You can't be shy. As a rookie, you're stepping into uncharted territory and just because you're the young guy or the new guy, it doesn't matter how long you've been around. Obviously guys that have been around have more say, but you still need to be able to lead, to talk and to organize guys because the position I play, you see the whole game from where you play.
CS: Your coach at Akron, Caleb Porter, has moved on to the Portland TImbers in MLS. How did he develop your game over the past four years at Akron.
CB: Basically, I like to say everything about my game is a result of Coach Porter. The way we trained at Akron, the mentality he teaches you how to approach life, how to approach school, how to approach soccer: it's really all from him. I see a lot of him in myself. When I talk, when I play, just everything really.
CS: You were born and raised in Columbus. Do you remember your first Crew game? Which players did you look up to?
CB: I don't remember my first Crew game. But watching guys like [Brian] McBride, [Brian] Maisonneuve and Jeff Cunningham, I remember watching those guys all the time when I was younger.
CS: Over the past few summers, you've spent time training with the First Team. Who is the toughest guy you've had to defend?
CB: Honestly size-wise, Andy Iro and Chad Marshall because they're some pretty big guys. I'd also throw Steve Lenhart in there because he's such a scrappy guy and he likes to be physical, but he's also a great guy.
Crew striker Jairo Arrieta went the full 90 minutes for Costa Rica in a 1-1 draw with Bolivia from the Estadio Hernando Stiles in Santa Cruz. Wearing the 21 jersey for Los Ticos, Jairo provided a dangerous option for the Costa Rican side with two shots on goal.
Costa Rica will play Panama on February 6, 2013 in the Hexagonal Round to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.