Weekly update: Season start nearing
No team training
Tues., March 29 -- Training at Obetz, 10:00 a.m.
Wed., March 30 -- Media Happy Hour/Training Session/Press Conference/5-7 p.m. practice
Thurs., March 31 -- Training at Crew Stadium, 10:00 a.m.
Fri., April 1 -- Training at Obetz, 10:00 a.m.
Sat.,April 2 -- Crew vs. Los Angeles - Crew Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
CREW AND DISPATCH PRINTING COMPANY FORM THREE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP, ONN TO AIR GAMES
Crew GM Mark McCullers and WBNS 10TV and Ohio News Network Vice President/GM Tom Griesdorn announced on March 27 that The Crew and the Ohio News Network (ONN) have finalized a multi-year broadcast agreement. The broadcast agreement is the lynchpin of a larger integrated partnership that positions the Dispatch Printing Company and its affiliated properties as a cornerstone partner with The Crew. ONN will televise 11 Crew road games in 2005. Visit The Crew's official website at TheCrew.com for the complete television listing.
U.S. FALLS TO MEXICO 2-1 IN WORLD CUP QUALIFIER, FACES GUATEMALA ON WEDNESDAY
The U.S. Men's National Team lost to Mexico, 2-1, on Sunday, March 27, at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico in their second match of the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region. Crew goalkeeper Jon Busch and defender Chad Marshall did not see any action against Mexico but remain with the team.
The U.S. will play their first home qualifier of the final round against Guatemala on Wednesday, March 30, at 8 p.m. (ET) at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., on the third matchday of qualifying this year.
U.S. UNDER-20 NATIONAL TEAM FINISHES SECOND IN SUWON INTERNATIONAL YOUTH TOURNAMENT
The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team took second place at the Suwon International Youth Football Tournament after defeating Egypt, 1-0, in their final match on March 26 at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, South Korea. The U-20's beat Argentina (2-1) and lost to South Korea (1-0). Crew midfielder Danny Szetela appeared in all three games in the four-team tournament that served as preparation for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland from June 10-July 2. Crew assistant coach Mike Lapper assisted the U-20's in Korea.
CREW FALLS TO D.C. UNITED, FINISHES 1-1-1 IN CAROLINA CHALLENGE CUP
The Crew finished the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, with a 1-1-1 record. The Crew defeated the Charleston Battery (1-0, March 19), tied San Jose (1-1, March 23), and lost to D.C. (3-0, March 25).
CREW ENDS PRESEASON WITH 6-5-4 EXHIBITION RECORD
Preseason exhibition results: U-17 National Team (T 1-1, Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 4), D.C. United (L 1-0, Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 5), Central Florida (W 3-1, Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 7), South Florida (W 1-0, Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 8), MetroStars (W 1-0, Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 11), Real Salt Lake (L 2-0, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 13), Viking, Norway (L 5-0, La Manga, Spain, Feb. 28), Molde, Norway (W 3-2, La Manga, Spain, March 2), Bodo/Glimt, Norway (T 0-0, La Manga, Spain, March 4), Start, Norway (L 5-1, La Manga, Spain, March 6), Virginia Beach, USL First Division (T 1-1, Virginia Beach, Va., March 12), Cincinnati Kings, USL Second Division (W 3-0, Obetz, Ohio, March 15), Charleston Battery, USL First Division (W 1-0, Charleston, S.C., March 19), San Jose Earthquakes (T 1-1, Charleston, S.C., March 23) and D.C. United (L 3-0, Charleston, S.C., March 25).
2005 SIERRA MIST MLS ALL-STAR GAME SET FOR COLUMBUS ON JULY 30
MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Crew GM Mark McCullers announced on March 8 that the MLS All-Stars will face Brian McBride and English Premier League club Fulham FC in the 2005 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game to be played on Saturday, July 30, in Crew Stadium (live on ABC Sports at 3:30 p.m. ET). Crew Soccer Nation members (season ticket holders) will get a priority offer to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. The on-sale date for the general public will be announced in the near future.
U.S.-MEXICO RETURNS TO CREW STADIUM ON SEPTEMBER 3
Crew GM Mark McCullers, in conjunction with U.S. Soccer, announced on March 9 that Crew Stadium will be the site for the U.S.-Mexico World Cup Qualifying match on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The game will be shown live on ESPN Classic and Telemundo. Ticketing details will be announced at a later date, but Crew Soccer Nation Members will receive a priority offer to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
CREW INJURY REPORT
Player -- Status -- Injury
Edson Buddle -- Probable -- Ankle Sprain (L)
Frankie Hejduk -- Probable -- Ankle Sprain (R)
Ante Razov -- Probable -- Thigh Strain (L)
Stephen Herdsman -- Out -- Groin Strain
Duncan Oughton -- Out -- Knee (R)
Chris Wingert -- Out -- Groin/Abdomen Strain