Craig Merz

Craig Merz

A 25-year veteran of The Columbus Dispatch, Craig Merz covered the Crew from their inaugural season in 1996 through 2005 but as a lifelong resident of the city, his soccer watching began years before with the Columbus Magic of the American Soccer League. Now a freelance reporter, he's been back on the Crew beat for MLSsoccer.com since 2008. He also works for the Associated Press covering Ohio State¹s football and basketball teams; Columbus Monthly magazine; Buckeyes Sports Bulletin and Columbus Examiner as well as co-authoring a book on the Columbus Chill minor league hockey team.

CRAIG MERZ

Columbus Crew moment of silence for Kirk Urso
Columbus battle to draw vs. LA, but most poignant moment comes from Urso family
Wed, 08/15/2012
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Teams will watch Urso memorial video from the field before match against Galaxy
Tue, 08/14/2012
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Columbus thankful TFC game was moved "so we could focus on Kirk"
Mon, 08/13/2012
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Crew MF Kirk Urso
As Crew family mourns, soccer comes second to Urso's funeral
Fri, 08/10/2012
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Kirk Urso, 1990-2012
Columbus host Toronto on same day as Urso funeral as club awaits DP Higuain to arrive
Thu, 08/09/2012
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Kirk Urso, 1990-2012
As healing begins, Crew players share their memories of fallen teammate
Thu, 08/09/2012
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Crew ready to put Urso death behind them without leaving fallen teammate behind
Wed, 08/08/2012
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Andy Gruenebaum
Gruenebaum on Urso tragedy: "Playing is the best thing we can do"
Tue, 08/07/2012
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Crew MF Kirk Urso
Investigations to continue in death of Crew midfielder; Columbus players grieve together
Mon, 08/06/2012
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Kirk Urso, 1990-2012
Columbus Crew y la Major League Soccer lamentan la muerte de Kirk Urso
Mon, 08/06/2012
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Crew MF Kirk Urso
Finlay: “He was a one of a kind and that’s why I’m going to miss him.”
Sun, 08/05/2012
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Kirk Urso, 1990-2012
Club issues statement after passing of rookie Kirk Urso
Sun, 08/05/2012
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Columbus assume team blame for breakdown that led to Pontius' winning goal
Sat, 08/04/2012
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Midfielder sees positive of missing Olympics: helping club back into playoff race
Fri, 08/03/2012
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Costa Rican says training stint in June was key; Higuaín may arrive late next week
Thu, 08/02/2012
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Justin Meram of the Columbus Crew
Second-year forward isn't scoring, but his coach believes his all-around game is improving
Wed, 08/01/2012
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New Crew attacker Federico Higuain
Sudden embarrassment of riches at striker means Columbus may make more moves
Tue, 07/31/2012
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Things clicking for Columbus, as upset of SKC gives Arrieta PotW nod, plus Higuaín on his way
Mon, 07/30/2012
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Jairo Arrieta, Columbus Crew, pulls away from Graham Zusi, July 28, 2012.
Higuain who? Arrieta struts his stuff a day after Columbus add DP
Sun, 07/29/2012
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