2018 (Columbus/ Orange County SC): Alex Crognale has made five regular-season appearances (all substitute appearances). He played two minutes in the first match of the season on the road against Toronto FC (March 3), coming on as a late-match substitute for Federico Higuain, and he played eight minutes in a home match against the Montreal Impact (March 10), after coming on for Pedro Santos. Crognale did not make an appearance against the Philadelphia Union (March 17) after being sent on loan to Orange County SC of the USL on March 15. He returned to Crew SC and came in as a substitute for Cristian Martinez in a road match against Seattle Sounders FC (May 5) and in a home match against the Philadelphia Union (May 9). Crognale returned to action for Crew SC in a home match against Toronto FC (June 2), coming on as a substitute for Lalas Abubakar and scoring his first career goal with the club. Crognale has made 13 appearances (nine starts) for Orange County SC. He scored a goal in his debut with Orange County SC against the Phoenix Rising FC (March 17). He started in six consecutive matches for Orange County SC from a match against Sacramento Republic (March 24) to a match against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks (April 28). He started and helped Orange County SC record a shutout against Fresno FC (May 26). Crognale returned to the starting lineup in a match against the Tulsa Roughbacks (June 23) and scored a goal. He started in three consecutive matches against Phoenix Rising (June 29), Colorado Springs (July 3) and the LA Galaxy II (July 7).
2017 (Columbus): Crognale made 17 appearances (12 starts) this season, all at centerback and recorded one assist. He made his regular-season MLS debut as a starter at centerback on the road at D.C. United (March 18), earning MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week honors for his efforts and being voted the club’s Man of the Match by Crew SC fans while helping the team to a clean sheet. He started against Orlando City SC (April 1) and helped the team to its third win and second shut-out of the season. As a result of his strong performance, he was named to MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week. Crognale recorded his first career MLS assist against Toronto FC (April 15). He started in an international friendly match at home against Eintracht Frankfurt (July 14). Crognale underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia in October and subsequently missed Crew SC’s matches for the remainder of the 2018 campaign.
A defender, Crognale played four seasons at the University of Maryland, making 73 appearances (69 starts) with 11 goals and three assists. In 2016, Crognale captained the Terrapins to a third straight Big Ten tourney title en route to being named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He was also chosen for the First-Team All-American. Crognale and the First Team All-Big Ten. Crognale was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection in 2015. In July of 2015, Crognale was called up to the U.S. Soccer Under 23 College ID Camp.
Crognale spent four years in the Crew SC Academy, from 2010 to 2013. As a member of the Crew SC Academy U-19 team, Crognale won the Ohio South State Cup back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. He has played in several reserve matches for Crew SC, including a full 90 minutes against DC United in 2012.
In July of 2015, Crognale was called up to the U.S. Soccer Under 23 College ID Camp.
Crognale was signed as a Homegrown Player on December 20, 2016.
Crognale is the son of Corey and Karen. He has two brothers, Ben and Eli, who also went through Crew SC Academy. Crognale acquried a dog, a Bernedoodle. Growing up he looked up to former Crew SC captain Chad Marshall and his room was decorated in black and gold. He does not play video games. Growing up he played alongside Wil Trapp and Ben Swanson. While at the University of Maryland, he played with current Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen for two years.He majored in economics at the University of Maryland and if he weren't a soccer player, he would like to go into business.
Name: Alex Crognale
Born: August 27, 1994 in Columbus, OH
Hometown: Gahanna, OH
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Columbus Crew SC signed Crognale as a Homegrown Player on December 20, 2016.
Previous Experience: University of Maryland (2013-2016)