6:57 PM EST, Sun December 08, 2013
Columbus Crew Rumors & News
Columbus Dispatch 13 hours ago
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Aurelien Collin, soaked in champagne, pulled the black stocking cap that read “MLS Cup Champions” down over his ears and sheepishly shook his head from side to side. The defender for Sporting Kansas City had never needed to try a penalty kick in his career. It’s unlikely that the next one will compare to the first.
Two people familiar with the negotiations say outfielder Carlos Beltran and the New York Yankees have agreed to three-year, $45 million contract. The news comes on the same day that the Yankees lost outfielder Curtis Granderson to the crosstown Mets with a four-year, $60 million deal.
In a league where significant offseason turnover is the norm, Real Salt Lake took it up a notch last winter. A day after the Los Angeles Galaxy won the MLS Cup, Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey parted ways with three of the team’s key players. Center back Jamison Olave and forward Fabian Espindola were traded to the New York Red Bulls, and midfielder Will Johnson was sent to Portland.
That collective groan at around noon yesterday was the sound of U.S. soccer fans upon hearing that their team was placed into what appears to be a brutally hard group for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Americans have to play three-time champion Germany, Portugal with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, and Ghana, the team that has knocked the U.S. team out of the past two World Cups.
There’s no doubt about it. The US national team landed cleats first into the Group of Death on Friday. Group G – which features top-seeded Germany, Portugal, Ghana and the US – lead MLSsoccer.com’s list as the toughest group in the World Cup next summer in Brazil. Here’s a closer look from MLSsoccer.com Editor-in-Chief Greg Lalas and Armchair Analyst Matthew Doyle. Read More
In an attempt to stay fit and get a taste of European experience, Homegrown midfielder Wil Trapp is headed to Holland where he will train with PEC Zwolle of the Dutch Eredivisie. The first club of new Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalters playing career, the arrangement with The Bluefingers culminated within the past week or so. Read More
COLUMBUS –The Columbus Crew announced today Homegrown Player Wil Trapp is set to spend two weeks of his Major League Soccer offseason training with Dutch Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle. The 20-year-old midfielder is departing for Holland today and will train with the former club of Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter, the team with which the Black & Gold boss began his professional career in 1994. Read More
Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter arrived at the Crew nearly a month ago, and already he has placed a major imprint on the clubs vision moving forward. Berhalter recently sat down with Abernathy Miller from Columbus Alive! to talk about how he is getting along in Columbus so far. Read More
The Crew Dec 5, 2013
Last Tuesday, Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter bolstered his backline when he brought back veteran defender Josh Williams and signed Costa Rican International Waylon Francis. “[Francis] is going to add to the offensive side of the game, theres no question, said Berhalter. Read More
Before officially re-signing with the Columbus Crew last Wednesday, defender Josh Williams had been staring down an uncertain offseason. As the season ended, the 25-year-old Williams was out of contract, had lost his starting spot after battling a concussion and the Crew had yet to name a Head Coach. Read More
During yesterdays Major League Soccer State of the League Address in New York, Commissioner Don Garber touched on many topics including expansion, the League calendar, TV ratings and player development. Get caught up by reading overviews of the speech by Brian Straus from Sports Illustrated and TheCrew.coms Cody Sharrett. Read More
One of the glaring stats new Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter noticed upon taking over the Crew in early November was the lack of offensive production from the teams outside backs during the 2013 season. Together Josh Williams, Tyson Wahl, Chad Barson and Agustín Viana combined for just three goals and two assists last season. Read More
Columbus Dispatch Dec 4, 2013
Miami and Atlanta are the frontrunners to gain the next two Major League Soccer expansion teams, but several obstacles still remain, commissioner Don Garber said in yesterday’s state of the league conference.
The Crew Dec 3, 2013
All the hot-button issues were covered in MLS Commissioner Don Garbers State of the League address from Googles New York Headquarters on Tuesday afternoon. Before answering questions from fans and media, Garber spoke for nearly 30 minutes on topics ranging from the Leagues youth development initiative to expansion and improving television ratings. With MLSs goal of becoming one of the top Leagues in the world by the year 2022, all three factors will be crucial in the Leagues progress toward that distinction. Read More
The Crew Dec 3, 2013
Ahead of Fridays World Cup draw, FIFA confirmed the pots in which the eight groups at next years World Cup in Brazil will be drawn. Along with its CONCACAF brethren Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica, the United States has been placed in Pot 3 with qualifying countries from Asia. The top seeded countries of host Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium are in Pot 1. African nations populate Pot 2, while the remaining European countries lie in Pot 4. Read More