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.
Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to talk about his triumph over cancer and his work to raise awareness for lymphoma and other blood cancers.
Crew Soccer Academy products Alex Crognale (Maryland) and Connor Klekota (Notre Dame) will play for an NCAA Championship this weekend at the 2013 College Cup at PPL Park in Chester, Penn. Klekota and the Fighting Irish face the New Mexico Lobos in the first Semifinal match, while Crognale and the Terrapins square-off against ACC rival Virginia afterward. The two Academy products could meet in the Final on Sunday.
COLLEGE CUP SCHEDULE
Friday, December 13
(3) Notre Dame vs. (7) New Mexico - 5:00 p.m. ET
(5) Maryland vs. (8) Virginia - 7:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, December 15
National Championship Final - 3:00 p.m. ET
*All matches on ESPNU
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.