Though the First Team’s season has come to an end, the final Black & Gold match of 2013 is taking place tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. ET at the Crew’s Obetz Training Facility. A side composed of Academy players and guest players will lineup against trialists for newly minted NASL side Indy 11. The game is being opened to the public, so fans interested in attending are welcome to watch the Crew one final time this year. Those making the trip should park in the lot on the training complex’s west side between the two practice fields, accessing the facility through the center gate. Fans are asked to sit on the bleachers on the opposite side of the team benches.
Federico Higuaín's chips against the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC are among the final tallies revealed in MLSSoccer.com's AT&T Goal of the Year competition. Higuaín's Week-24 chip over New York 'keeper Luis Robles lands in Group M with TFC's Jonathan Osorio' s left-footed strike against the Red Bulls, Whitecaps FC's Kenny Miller's top-corner tally against the New England Revolution and the Colorado Rapids' Gabriel Torres' left-footed laser versus Vancouver. The Argentine's second jaw-dropping chip to help down Toronto FC in Week 25 is up against the Portland Timbers' Kalif Alhassan's volley versus Toronto, Red Bull midfielder Tim Cahill's seven-second strike against the Houston Dynamo and Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber's rip against Colorado.
Voting for Groups M-P ends on Wednesday, November 6 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Voting for the 2013 Latino del Año award began Monday on MLSSoccer.com. The Crew's Federico Higuaín and Jairo Arrieta are each up for the award this year. Higuaín is placed alongside the New England Revolution's Juan Agudelo, Portland Timbers' Diego Chará and Real Salt Lake's Joao Plata in Group B. Arrieta competes in Group E against Real Salt Lake playmaker Javier Morales, FC Dallas striker Blas Pérez and LA Galaxy midfielder Junhinho.
Voting for in the Group Stage of the annual competition through Wednesday, November 6.
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The Crew traveled westbound on I-70 Saturday afternoon to take on trialists for NASL expansion side Indy Eleven in a friendly scrimmage. The Black & Gold were victors in the private scrimmage, earning a 4-1 victory. Ethan Finlay, Drew Beckie, Ben Speas and Ryan Finley all tallied in the win. The two sides will meet again in Columbus on Friday in another closed-door friendly.
Due to confidentiality purposes as they build their roster for 2014, the names of the Indy Eleven trialists have been witheld.
Columbus Crew 4 – Indy Eleven 1
November 2, 2013
Westfield Soccer Park, Westfield, IN
Dan Withrow; Shawn Sloan, Eric Gehrig ©, Drew Beckie, Kyle Hyland; Ethan Finlay, Konrad Warzcyha, Kevan George, Ben Speas; Ryan Finley, Luckner Horat^ (Tony Tchani, 46’)
Substitutes not used: Matt Lampson, Chad Barson, Bernardo Anor
^ Indicates guest player
CLB - Ethan Finlay (unassisted) 10'
CLB - Drew Beckie (Ben Speas) 38'
CLB - Ben Speas (Ryan Finley) 58'
CLB - Ryan Finley (Ethan Finlay, Dan Withrow) 73'
IND - (Player name unavailable) 78'
While the Black & Gold are not in action this weekend after finishing the 2013 MLS campaign on Sunday against the New England Revolution, the Crew's Youth programs will be taking over the Crew Stadium pitch on Saturday. The Crew Soccer Academy U-14, U-16 and U-18 will take on the CSA Wolves of Michigan tomorrow. Come get a glimpse of the Black & Gold's future as the U-18s kick-off the action at 11:00 a.m. ET, followed by the U-16s at 1:15 p.m. ET and the U-14s at 3:30 p.m. ET. Admission is free.
Additionally, it was a big week for Academy product Brandon Silva. The Bowling Green State University midfielder was named to the Capital One All-District Academic Team.
Crew legend and Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk's 15-year professional soccer career is profiled in the third issue of Overlap, a digital publication from the brains of Howler and MLSSoccer.com.
In the feature "Frankie Grows Up," Hejduk tells the stories behind his favorite memories found in a 26-pound box of press clippings sent from his parents in California showcasing his playing career and passion for surfing.
Overlap is now available for download on iPad, iPhone and Android tablets.
Dominic Oduro's left-footed volley against the Montreal Impact on April 14 has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Year. Among the first groups unveiled, Oduro's strike has been placed in Group C against Vancouver Whitecaps FC's Diago Kobayashi, Real Salt Lake's Yordany Alvarez and LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan.
Voting for Groups A-D is open until 11:59 pm PT, Thursday, October 31.