adidas revealed brazuca, its match ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, on Tuesday. "Brazuca" is a local in the country meaning "Brazilian."
From the official adidas press release, "Brazuca is a breakthrough innovation featuring a revolutionary six-panel design. Created for every player on the field, the ball features six identical panels alongside a unique surface that will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the field. Brazuca has been thoroughly tested to meet and exceed all FIFA metrics for an official match ball, ensuring top performance for every condition."
MLS Comissioner Don Garber will give his annual State of the League address at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday from Google's New York City office. Following his remarks, Garber will answer fan and media questions before KICKTV's Jimmy Conrad unveils the 2013 MLS Best XI.
Columbus Crew President Mark McCullers, Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk spent Tuesday afternoon going door-to-door delivering Thanksgiving dinners to families of The American Addition neighborhood in North Central Columbus. The Crew representatives were joined by Tray Lee Center Executive Director Marie Moreland to provide each family with a turkey, family-style side dish and pumpkin pie courtesy of the Columbus Crew.
Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter joined Inside the Crew co-host and Common Man and Company's Jonathan "T-Bone" Smith on 97.1 The Fan on Tuesday to talk about his first impressions of Columbus.
Crew Youth recently launched its own exclusive line of adidas apparel in the Crew Youth Spirit Wear Store on Soccer.com. Fans, players and parents can choose from a multitude of Crew Juniors and Crew Soccer Academy gear in the online marketplace. From December 2-27, all customers will receive $5 their order.
New Crew Assistant Coach joined the Greg Roche from PitchPass Wednesday evening to talk about his role on Gregg Berhalter's staff with the Black & Gold.
On the heels of a whirlwind rookie season, the Crew's Wil Trapp has been nominated for the U.S. Soccer Federation's 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year award. In addition to sharing captain duties for the United States at the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, Trapp emerged as a mainstay in the Black & Gold midfield in the second half of the 2013 season. Trapp's competition for the award includes the Colorado Rapids' Shane O'Neill, FC Dallas' Kellyn Acosta and U.S. U-17 National Team defenders Shaquell Moore and Erik Palmer-Brown. Past winners of the award include Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.
From U.S. Soccer:
Trapp was the consistent backbone of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team throughout the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Trapp scored the game-winning goal during the USA’s 4-2 quarterfinal win against Canada on Feb. 26 to clinch a U-20 World Cup berth. He also earned 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Best XI honors as the U.S. took second place at the tournament in Puebla, Mexico. At the U-20 World Cup, Trapp wore the captain’s armband when the USA posted a 1-1 draw against eventual tournament winner France on June 24. The Gahanna, Ohio, native and former Crew Soccer Academy player completed his first Major League Soccer season with the Columbus Crew, earning 15 starts and recording an assist while manning the central midfield. His MLS debut came on July 7 as he started during the Crew’s 1-0 victory against the Portland Timbers.