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. Crognale made a substitute appearance against the Portland Timbers (March 25). 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. He started the game at Chicago Fire (April 8). The defender recorded his first career MLS assist against Toronto FC (April 15). Crognale missed the match against New York City FC (April 29) after being listed as questionable with a right ankle sprain that week. He made a substitute appearance against the New England Revolution (May 6). Crognale returned to the starting lineup in a home match against Toronto FC (May 10). He made substitute appearances in a road match against the Montreal Impact (May 13) and also subbed on in a home match against Seattle Sounders FC (May 31). Crognale then started in a road match against the Colorado Rapids (June 3). Crognale started in an international friendly match at home against Eintracht Frankfurt (July 14). Crognale made five consecutive starting appearances for Crew SC from a road contest against Minnesota United (July 4) to a road match against the San Jose Earthquakes (August 5). He made a substitute appearance in a road match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC (September 16). Crognale missed the match against D.C. United (September 30) after being listed as questionable with an abdominal injury. Crognale underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and subsequently missed Crew SC’s matches against Orlando City SC (October 15) and New York City FC (October 22). Crognale did not make an appearance in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. He missed the matches against Atlanta United FC (October 26), New York City FC (October 31) and New York City FC (November 5) after being listed as out following surgery to repair a sports hernia. Crognale missed the match against Toronto FC (November 21) after being listed as questionable following surgery to repair a sports hernia.
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. 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)