Columbus Metropolitan Club to host All-Star luncheon

Crew Fans,

You are invited to attend on July 28 when the Columbus Metropolitan Club (CMC) hosts a luncheon forum featuring the Columbus Crew as part of the 2005 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Week and MLS 10th Anniversary celebrations.

At the luncheon, familiar radio and TV "Voice of the Crew" Dwight Burgess will moderate the forum that will include new crew interim head coach Robert Warzycha, Crew goalkeeper Jon Busch and former Crew great and current Fulham FC forward Brian McBride. Crew general manager Mark McCullers and Crew founder Lamar Hunt are planning to join the forum.

The forum will be held at the Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 East Broad Street, and begin with registration at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon and the program concluding at 1:15 p.m. If you use the code words "Crew Cat," you will receive special Crew fan pricing of just $20 per person. Dress is casual and children are welcome. Children 12 and under are $12.

Reservations and payments can be made by American Express, Visa, MasterCard, check or cash and is required by noon the day before the forum (July 27) to be guaranteed. Make your reservation by calling 614-464-3220 or via email to Staff@columbusmetroclub.org.

The Columbus Metropolitan Club is a civic organization that promotes the open exchange of information and ideas to the residents of central Ohio by providing a forum for the discussion of topics of civic and public interest.

While the world may not think of Columbus as a bastion for soccer, in its 1994 formation, MLS announced Columbus as the first of the 10 inaugural MLS clubs. With more than 11,500 season ticket holders, Columbus launched the Crew, 'America's Hardest Working Team.' Within five years, Lamar Hunt etched Columbus and the Crew's place in American sports history by building Columbus Crew Stadium, the country's first major league stadium built specifically for soccer.

Celebrating 10 years, MLS has established itself as one of the five major professional sports leagues in America while striving to create and sustain soccer that is entertaining and competitive on an international level. Crew Stadium is also hosting the 2005 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game on July 30, when the MLS All-Stars take on Brian McBride and Fulham FC of the English Premier League at 3:30 p.m.

Special guests:

Dwight Burgess - Radio and TV voice of the Columbus Crew

Robert Warzycha - Columbus Crew Interim Head Coach

Jon Busch - Columbus Crew Goalkeeper

Brian McBride - former Crew great and current Fulham FC forward

Mark McCullers - Columbus Crew General Manager

Lamar Hunt - Columbus Crew Founder


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