Crew Breakout Performance of the Year
OhioHealth Comeback Player of the Year
Jim Nelson Fan of the Year
This year, Alex brought his commitment to a whole new level. The Chef had become obsessed with feeding "his boys" to the point that he convinced his mother Bruna and step-father Bill to become official team partners of the Crew in 2012.
Alex is truly 'Columbus 'til he dies' and has been a MASSIVE part of Crew Soccer Nation for many years. Please join me in recognizing Alex Thomas as our 2012 Crew Fan of the Year.
adidas CSA Players of the Year
Ben Swanson’s performances on the field for the Black & Gold over the past two years have earned him a spot as one of the youngest players in the United States U-17 National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. The Grove City native will play an integral part in the team’s attempt to qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Zach Mason’s tireless work rate, ability to play his best in crucial matches, and outstanding leadership qualities have made him only the second repeat MVP in Crew Soccer Academy history. Mason is currently a freshman starter at Ohio State and will be a critical part of the group that will defend the Crew’s U-19 National Championship next summer.
A steady, skillful defender, Sage Gardner captained the U-19 National Champions and U-20 National Finalists over last summer. A three-year starter at Ohio State, Gardner will be a key leader as the U-20s seek to win their third National Championship in four years next summer.
Crew Defender of the Year
Budweiser Golden Boot
With more than 200 appearances across all competitions for the Crew in a stellar seven-year club career, Eddie Gaven shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. In his tenth MLS season Gaven has put together his finest offensive performance, notching nine goals to claim a share of the Budweiser Golden Boot. Congrats Jairo & Eddie on being the 2012 Budweiser Golden Boot Winners!