In partnership with Lifeline of Ohio and the Ohio Hispanic Coalition, the Crew completed its Three Kings Toy Drive on January 4 by handing out toys to Hispanic families in need. The event’s festivities included distribution of over 600 toys, a live play, the traditional roscas de reyes, and the presence of the Three Kings joined by Crew Cat and Honey Bee.
During the month of December, Lifeline of Ohio and the Black & Gold worked to share the joy of the holidays with the youth of Columbus by collecting new unwrapped toys at La Michoacana locations and through individual donations. A special “Thank You” goes out to the generous donation from Ronin Training Center and their associates.
Chris Previte, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships of the Columbus Crew said the event is always a favorite because it brings the community together through gift-giving and receiving to celebrate a joyous holiday tradition.
“We are delighted to participate in an event that impacts so many children. We are proud to be active locally within the Hispanic community and equally proud to work with our partners Lifeline of Ohio and La Michoacana to deliver joy this holiday season.”
Donate Life hopes you will also “Share the Gift” of life by registering to be an organ and tissue donor after death. One donor has the potential to save eight lives by donating organs and enhance 50 more lives with donated tissue. Contact Lifeline of Ohio, your local Donate Life organization, for more information: http://www.lifelineofohio.org/
For more information about the Ohio Hispanic Coalition: (614) 840-9934 or ohiohispaniccoalition.org.
Grove City native and Crew Soccer Academy midfielder Ben Swanson has been included in United States Under-18 Men's National Team Head Coach Javier Perez's 24-man camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. this month. The camp began on January 4 and will run through Saturday, January 11 to prepare the United States for the Copa del Atlantico in the Canary Islands next month. Swanson is among 21 players in the camp that come from U.S. Soccer Development Academy squads.
For the full release and details on the camp, head over to USSoccer.com.
MLSsoccer.com's Jason Saghini looks at the recent success of Sporting Kansas City and the LA Galaxy to discuss why the MLS SuperDraft matters.
Crew Soccer Academy products Alex Crognale (Maryland) and Connor Klekota (Notre Dame) squared-off on December 15 with the Fighting Irish taking home the title. Crew Soccer Academy had players in previous finals in 2009 (Chad Barson, Ben Speas on Akron ), 2010 (Chad Barson and Ben Speas on Akron) and 2011 (Ben Speas on UNC).
A week after winning the 2013 College Cup with Notre Dame, TheCrew.com's Cody Sharrett caught up with Klekota to chat about about his progression through his college career.
Crew legends Brad Friedel and Brian McBride were named to U.S. Soccer's All-Time Men's Best XI. Friedel, who played in net for the Black & Gold in the 1996 and 1997 seasons, earned 82 caps for the U.S. between 1992 and 2004 and represented his country in three FIFA World Cups.The first player to be drafted by the Crew, McBride made 95 caps for the United States and scored 30 goals in international play. McBride played in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.
For the full Best XI, visit USSoccer.com.
The U.S. Men's National Team's fourth-straight 2-0 victory over Mexico in World Cup Qualifying at Crew Stadium on September 10 made Sports Illustrated's top 113 sports moments of 2013, coming in at number 65 on the list. Other soccer stories included in the magazine's year-end list include Raul Jimenez's bicycle-kick winner against Panama, Luis Suarez's biting of Branislav Ivanovic, Bayern Munich's UEFA Champions League title, the Snowclasico in Colorado between the U.S. and Costa Rica in 2014 World Cup Qualifying, Graham Zusi's late winner in Panama for the U.S. and Brazil's 3-0 rout of Spain in the Confederations Cup.
For a complete rundown of Dos a Cero 2013, visit This is Dos a Cero.
Crew Assistant Coach and former U.S. Men's National Team striker Josh Wolff recently joined ABC6's Clay Hall to talk about the United States' draw for the 2014 World Cup. While many are calling Group G the "Group of Death," Wolff shares his thoughts on how the Yanks can advance past Germany, Portugal and Ghana.
Crew players Ethan Finlay and Josh Williams joined club President Mark McCullers, Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk and 30-plus members of the organization's front office to assist in this year’s Salvation Army Christmas Cheer event at the DiSalle Center. Christmas Cheer is Central Ohio's largest holiday toy and food distribution program and the annual event is set to distribute food and toys to nearly 8,000 families in need.
Christmas Cheer is the second event this holiday season that the Salvation Army and Columbus Crew have partnered together. Earlier this month, Crew employees volunteered for 18 hours in support of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.