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    CREW SIGNS MIDFIELDER KEVAN GEORGE

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew announced today that it has signed midfielder Kevan George, a second-round selection (No. 29 overall) in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Per club and league policy, no further terms of the deal were disclosed.

    The 22-year-old George is a 6-2 native of Trinidad & Tobago whose family moved to Atlanta when he was 12. In four seasons at the University of Central Florida, he totaled six goals and 16 assists in 73 games, and was named to the All-Conference USA First Team three times (2008, 2010, 2011).

    “George is a very tall, physical central midfielder,” Crew head coach Robert Warzycha said on draft day. “He’s a good passer who always wants the ball and can cover a lot of ground. He can be a very good link between the midfielders and the forwards.”

    George was recently called into Trinidad & Tobago’s Under-23 National Team camp in preparation for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, which it opens on March 23 at the Home Depot Center against Mexico.

    Founded by American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, the Columbus Crew is Ohio’s Major League Soccer club, anchoring a diverse sports and entertainment enterprise. One of the league’s Charter Members, it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and has also won the 2002 U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. It opened its 17th season on March 10 at Colorado and kicks off its 14th at first-of-its-kind Crew Stadium on March 24 against the Montreal Impact.

    37-Kevan George
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    Position: Midfielder
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 170
    Born: Jan. 30, 1990
    Hometown: Roxborough, Trinidad & Tobago
    Citizenship: Trinidad & Tobago
    2011 Team: Central Florida (NCAA)
    How Acquired: Selected in the second round (No. 29 overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 12, 2012.

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    Pile of Crew events happening this week leading up to the Home Opener!
    The Columbus Crew will be celebrating Black & Gold Week over the course of the next several days, in the form of a series of public events leading up to First Kick 2012, the club’s home opener vs. the Montreal Impact on Saturday, March 24, at Crew Stadium.

    Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers kicked off the festivities on Monday, March 19, with the first of three midday online chats at TheCrew.com. In the evening, Columbus City Council will present the Crew with a Resolution of Expression, sponsored by council president Andrew J. Ginther, recognizing the club’s first 16 MLS seasons of accomplishment, both on and off the field, and wishing it luck as it embarks upon its 17th. Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers and goalkeeper Matt Lampson, a Hilliard native and former Ohio State star, will be on hand at City Hall to receive the Resolution during Council’s 5 p.m. meeting.

    On Tuesday, March 20, Crew players, coaches and executives will lend their support and elbow grease to a “Massive Makeover” neighborhood graffiti cleanup from 2 to 5 p.m. The Crew contingent will be joined by Mayor Michael B. Coleman for the painting project, along with Linden McKinley STEM Academy students and volunteers from the Greater Linden Development Corporation and Linden Village. The project will paint over graffiti tags on property bordered by Cleveland, Dresden, Blake and Maynard.

    On Wednesday, March 21, Crew head coach Robert Warzycha will participate in the second live chat at TheCrew.com at 1:30, then midfielders Ethan Finlay and Kirk Urso will pay a visit to COSI at 2 p.m. to engage in interactive physical activities with young visitors, and demonstrate the role soccer can play in promoting health and wellness.

    The final Crew season-ticket select-a-seat opportunity prior to First Kick will be held on Thursday, March 22, at 12 Noon, when fans can come to the stadium to evaluate seats and pick their favorite location. The Crew will be finishing up their training session at that time, so fans will be able to catch a glimpse of that, as well. Media credentials and media guide disks will be available following training that day, which will also offer an excellent opportunity to acquire sound and other audio/video content with players and coaches, such as station IDs.

    The third online chat of the week, on Friday, March 23, at 1 p.m., will feature Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer. That evening, a pub crawl will stop at three Crew Pub Tour partners, before culminating at another – 4th Street Bar & Grill for the 6th Annual Crewsmas Eve Party.

    The club will be conducting Twitter scavenger hunts throughout the week, too. The Crew will hide a scarf, along with two tickets to First Kick, every day this week (through Friday) within the Columbus metro area. Clues, including a photo of the scarf in the location, will be left on its Twitter account (twitter.com/columbuscrew). Fans are encouraged to find the scarf and tweet a picture of themselves with it.

    Finally, on game day, Saturday, March 24, fans attending the First Kick match are invited to stop by the Crew Soccer Foundation Field dedication ceremony, which will begin at 2:45 p.m. The new mini-field will provide a unique recreational outlet for children from economically-disadvantaged areas to enjoy soccer programming.

    Founded by American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, the Columbus Crew is Ohio’s Major League Soccer club, anchoring a diverse sports and entertainment enterprise. One of the league’s Charter Members, it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and has also won the 2002 U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. It opened its 17th season on March 10 at Colorado and kick off its 14th at first-of-its-kind Crew Stadium on March 24 against the Montreal Impact.

    Schedule of Events

    Day Time Event Location

    Mon., March 19 1 p.m. Mark McCullers online chat TheCrew.com

    Mon., March 19 5 p.m. City Council Resolution Columbus City Hall

    Tues., March 20 2-5 p.m. Massive Makeover Linden Village

    Wed., March 21 1:30 p.m. Robert Warzycha online chat TheCrew.com

    Wed., March 21 2-3 p.m. Finley, Urso appearance COSI

    Thur., March 22 12 Noon Select-a-Seat event Crew Stadium

    Fri., March 23 1 p.m. William Hesmer online chat TheCrew.com

    Fri., March 23 6 p.m. Pub crawl * Arena District / 4th Street Bar & Grill

    Sat., March 24 2:45 p.m. CSF Field opening ceremony Crew Stadium

    * Pub Crawl schedule

    Kildare’s Irish Pub (1576 N. High St., 43215), 6:15-7 p.m.
    Three Legged Mare (401 N. Front St., 43215), 7:15-8 p.m.
    BBR (106 Vine St., 43215), 8:15 – 9 p.m.
    4th Street Bar & Grill (1810 N. 4th St., 43201), 9:15-10 p.m.

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    Thanks for posting, Anne!

    Just halfway through Crewsmas week and it’s already been major awesome :)

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    CREW SIGNS DEFENDER NEMANJA VUKOVIC
    Experienced left back from Montenegro impressed during trial
    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew announced today that it has signed left back Nemanja Vukovic, who will occupy an international roster slot. Per club and league policy, no further terms of the multi-year deal were disclosed.

    Vukovic was impressive on trial over the course of the last two weeks of the Crew’s preseason in Charleston, S.C., and Columbus, during which he appeared in three matches.

    “Nemanja is a quality, experienced left-footed player and we are very happy to add him to our roster,” said Crew head coach Robert Warzycha. “He makes good passes out of the back, hits good crosses and has good timing when joining the attack.”

    A 6-2 native of Podgorica, Montenegro, who will turn 28 on April 13, Vukovic most recently played for OFK Grbalj of the Montenegro First League, where he appeared in 12 matches and scored two goals.

    Vukovic began his professional career in 2003 with FK Kom, a First League team based in his hometown of Podgorica. He spent one season at Kom, appearing in 10 matches, before transferring across town to FK Buducnost Podgorica, also in the First League. He spent the bulk of his career at Buducnost, where he appeared in 36 matches and tallied three goals from 2005 to 2009.

    Following the 2008-09 season, he transferred to Greek second-division side Panaitolikos where he scored twice in 29 appearances between 2009 and 2011 and helped the club earn promotion to the Greek Super League at the end of his tenure.

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    CREW OPENS 2012 HOME SLATE SATURDAY WITH FIRST KICK VS. MONTREAL IMPACT
    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew hosts the expansion Montreal Impact this Saturday, March 24, in First Kick 2012 at Crew Stadium, marking the 14th such opener at the historic venue. The match is presented by Lifeline of Ohio Donate Life and the first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive a co-branded “Dare to be Massive” scarf.

    Saturday’s match will kick off at 4 p.m. (ET) and be televised live regionally in high definition on FOX Sports Ohio, with Dwight Burgess and Duncan Oughton calling all the action and Ashleigh Ignelzi reporting from the sidelines. Enhancing the broadcast will be FSOhio’s use of the network’s super slow-motion camera, FOX-MO, and a telestrator for Oughton to analyze and explain key plays and events.

    The game can also be heard in English on News/Talk 610 WTVN and on-line at TheCrew.com with Neil Sika and John Bluem on the call, and in Spanish on La Mega 103.1, with Carlos Cordova and Benny Pietrangelo behind the microphones.

    It will be the first of three meetings between the Crew and Montreal as the Impact eases into its first MLS season. Montreal is coming off a record-breaking home opener, in which it drew the Chicago Fire 1-1 last Saturday (March 17) at Olympic Stadium in front of 58,912 – the largest crowd ever for a professional soccer game in the city.

    The Crew is coming off a bye week, but did not sit idly. The Black & Gold hosted Michigan State and West Virginia University in a pair of exhibitions on Saturday (March 17), dispatching the Spartans 5-1 and edging the Mountaineers 1-0. The Crew will look to bounce back from a 2-0 loss at Colorado in its season opener on March 10.

    Montreal opened its season in Vancouver on March 10 by dropping a 2-0 decision to its British Columbia rivals and is now 0-1-1 on the season. Under the guidance of head coach Jesse Marsch, the Impact has picked up a number of high-profile players in the offseason including captain Davy Arnaud, who scored the first goal in Montreal’s MLS history, and former Crew defender Josh Gardner in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft; Andrew Wenger, the first overall selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft; and former Italian Serie A standouts Matteo Ferrari and Bernardo Corradi.

    Next up, the Black & Gold begins its quest to regain the Trillium Cup as it travels to Canada to face Toronto FC at BMO Stadium on Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m.

    COLUMBUS CREW vs. Montreal Impact
    Saturday, March 24 – 4 p.m. (ET) – Crew Stadium
    Regional Television: FOX Sports Ohio
    Crew Radio: News/Talk 610 WTVN (English); La Mega 103.1 (Spanish)
    Crew Webcast: TheCrew.com (English)

    CREW BEGINS DEFENSE OF MLS RESERVE LEAGUE TITLE AGAINST MONTREAL MARCH 24
    The Crew will open its MLS Reserve League season on March 24 at Crew Stadium, immediately following the First Kick 2012 match against the Montreal Impact. The Black & Gold are defending Eastern Division champs, having fashioned a league-best 9-1-0 record (27 pts.).

    CREW SOCCER FOUNDATION FIELD OPENING CEREMONY SLATED FOR SATURDAY PRIOR TO FIRST KICK
    An opening ceremony for the new Crew Soccer Foundation Field on the west side of the stadium grounds will begin at 2:45 p.m. this Saturday, prior to the Crew’s First Kick 2012 match vs. Montreal. All fans and media in attendance are invited to attend. The project, completed in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, MLS W.O.R.K.S., adidas, FieldTurf and Korda, has transformed the area north of the Stadium Club tent into a beautiful synthetic mini-field. Crew Soccer Foundation Field will provide quality recreational outlets and soccer programming for at-risk youth in underserved Columbus neighborhoods. As part of that effort, the Crew Soccer Foundation Heroes League, presented by Lifeline of Ohio, will be launched this summer. The league will emphasize the importance of teamwork, respect, integrity, diversity, perseverance and living a healthy lifestyle.

    CREW TO HONOR NCAA DIVISION III CHAMPION OHIO WESLEYAN AT HALFTIME ON MARCH 24
    The Crew will honor 2011 NCAA Division III National Champion Ohio Wesleyan at halftime of this Saturday’s First Kick festivities. Coached by Dr. Jay Martin, the Battling Bishops went 23-2 en route to winning the second men’s soccer title in school history. Crew Soccer Academy product Travis Wall led the team with 19 goals and 15 assists, including a goal in the 2-1 win over Calvin on Dec. 5, 2011 that captured the crown.

    CREW SOCCER ACADEMY DROPS MATCHES IN DALLAS
    The Crew Soccer Academy traveled to Dallas, Texas, to face FC Dallas Academy and the Dallas Texans over the weekend, as it continues its U.S. Soccer Development Academy season. The U-15/16s fell to FC Dallas, 2-1, on Saturday, March 17, with the lone CSA goal scored by Noah Hutchins, and 2-0 to the Texans on Sunday, March 18. The U-17/18s were shut out, 5-0, by FC Dallas and 2-0 by the Texans. CSA does not have any Development Academy matches this weekend and will return to action on Saturday, March 31, when it travels to Elmhurst, Ill., to face Sockers FC at Elmhurst College.

    KEVAN GEORGE NAMED TO TRINIDAD & TOBAGO UNDER-23 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING ROSTER
    Crew midfielder Kevan George has been named to the Trinidad & Tobago Under-23 National Team’s Olympic Qualifying roster. The Roxborough, Tobago, native impressed the coaching staff at a recent camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., including scoring a goal in a 6-1 rout of local club Clarema United. The Soca Warriors will kick off CONCACAF Olympic qualifying on March 23 against Mexico at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

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    CREW SIGNS FORWARD AARON SCHOENFELD AFTER ACQUIRING HIS RIGHTS FROM MONTREAL
    Friday, March 23, 2012

    COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew announced today that it has signed forward Aaron Schoenfeld after acquiring his rights from the Montreal Impact in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. Per club and league policy no further terms of the deal were disclosed. To make room for Schoenfeld on the roster, defender Rich Balchan has been placed on the disabled list.

    A native of Knoxville, Tenn., and product of East Tennessee State University, the 6-4, 21-year-old was originally drafted by Montreal in the second round (No. 20 overall) of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft. He finished his career at ETSU with 20 goals and 10 assists in 72 games.

    “Aaron is a young talented forward with a lot of potential,” said Crew head coach Robert Warzycha. “He has a good touch and a good nose for the goal. He showed us that nothing is going to distract him from achieving his goals.”

    While at ETSU, Schoenfeld received a series of accolades including Atlantic Sun First Team All Conference and Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team honors as a junior and senior, as well as A-Sun All-Academic Honors all four years of his collegiate career. He was also named to the NSCAA First Team All-South Region his senior year and Second Team his junior year.

    “I’m really excited for the opportunity,” Schoenfeld said. “I found a fit here with Columbus. I enjoy the team and the city and I think it is going to be a great season.”

    Founded by American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, the Columbus Crew is Ohio’s Major League Soccer club, anchoring a diverse sports and entertainment enterprise. One of the league’s Charter Members, it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and has also won the 2002 U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. It opened its 17th season on March 10 at Colorado and kick off its 14th at first-of-its-kind Crew Stadium on March 24 against the Montreal Impact.

    34 – Aaron Schoenfeld
    Position: Forward
    Height: 6-4
    Weight: 190
    Born: April 17, 1990
    Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
    Citizenship: USA
    2011 team: East Tennessee State University (NCAA)
    How Acquired: Acquired from Montreal, in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft, on March 23, 2012.

    TRANSACTION: Crew signs F Aaron Schoenfeld after acquiring his rights from Montreal for a conditional pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft.

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    2-0 victory over Montreal. Not entirely convincing – we should have done better against 10 men – but three points is three points, and both goals were scored by recent additions – Mirosevic and Vargas.

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    Agreed. Between injuries and acquisitions there were quite a few new faces on the Crew side. That probably kept the match more balanced than it otherwise might have been, even when Montreal went down a man.

    Gruenebaum had some good saves filling in for Hesmer and I was thrilled to see so many people in the stands. Bad weather during the first few matches of 2011 seemed to really put a dent in attendance. Hopefully the weather will be more cooperative this year.

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    18,197 in attendance – that explains why the stands looked so full. What a fantastic start to the season! Great picks too.

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    Haha, I hadn’t seen this yet. I was losing my mind (obviously). I’m so excited about that dude. His hotness doesn’t hurt either.

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    Great game by the team today! Eric Gehrig really stepped up as a last minute starter. Mirosevic was a beast and I wonder if we have a goalie controversy brewing with the way andy’s playing. It makes me very optimistic for the team when you think about the players we have who didn’t even play today because of injury or guys like vargas who are coming off of injury.

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    CREW EDGES TORONTO FC 1-0 ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON

    Saturday, March 31, 2012

    TORONTO, Canada – The Columbus Crew defeated Toronto FC 1-0 behind a second-half goal by Bernardo Anor at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon. Crew keeper Andy Gruenebaum came away with his second consecutive shutout as the Black & Gold took the lead in the Trillium Cup race.

    Toronto FC came out very strong in the first half creating chances early on. Gruenebaum was called into action in the 10th minute making a diving save on a point blank shot by Danny Koevermans. Two minutes later TFC midfielder Nick Soolsma took a chance but the ball went wide.

    The Crew retaliated in the 28th with a header by Olman Vargas that narrowly missed the goal. In the 40th Vargas drew a penalty after being tripped in the box by Ty Harden. Milovan Mirosevic took the penalty shot but Toronto goalkeeper Milos Kocic guessed the direction and deflected it into corner. The half ended scoreless but not before a blasting shot by Shaun Francis that sailed over the crossbar.

    The second half began with the same intensity as the first and with Toronto pressing hard. In the 50th minute Gruenebaum came up strong again saving another Koevermans point blank shot. Then, in the 56th, Anor started a run down the middle of the field and handed the ball off to Vargas at the top of the box. Vargas sent the ball back to Anor but it hit TFC defender Logan Emory who was not able to hold on to it. Anor picked the ball up and sent the shot past Kocic for the 1-0 lead.

    Emilio Renteria almost doubled up 10 minutes later when he took a shot from the top of the box, after beating his defender, but the ball narrowly missed the goal.

    Toronto tried to mount a comeback and attempted to lay siege to the Black & Gold’s goal but the Crew was able to preserve the result thanks to the impeccable play of its defense.

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    CREW FALLS TO NEW YORK SATURDAY AT CREW STADIUM
    Saturday, April 7, 2012

    COLUMBUS – New York’s vaunted attack remained red-hot Saturday at Crew Stadium, as the Red Bulls topped the Columbus Crew, 4-1. Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry both scored twice to pace New York to its third-straight victory, in which it has scored 13 goals.

    The Red Bulls got out of the gates quickly as Cooper slotted a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner past Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum in the third minute. Cooper bagged his second of the afternoon 10 minutes later, looping a header out of Gruenebaum’s reach and into the right corner. Henry extended New York’s lead to 3-0 just before halftime, leading a counterattack and slotting home to the far post for his sixth goal in three matches.

    The Crew was more dynamic in the second half, thanks in part to substitute Dilly Duka, who came on in the 57th minute for his first appearance since injuring his hamstring on March 10 and fired three shots at Red Bulls keeper Ryan Meara. Crew forward Emilio Renteria had a great chance of his own in the 63rd minute.

    In the minutes that followed, the Crew continued to create chances as rookie Ethan Finlay fired a shot from close rage, only to be saved by a charging Meara, and Renteria’s header from a Shaun Francis cross sailed just right of goal. The Crew finally got on the board in the 89th minute when midfielder Kirk Urso found Marshall on a corner kick to make it 3-1.

    Henry restored New York’s three-goal lead with his second goal of the day just moments later, striking an impressive volley from 15 yards into the upper right corner of the goal.

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