Weekly update: Spain departure imminent

9:00 am train at Obetz -- 2:00 pm train at Obetz

23 -- 9:00 am train at Obetz -- 2:00 pm train at Obetz

24 -- 9:00 am train at Obetz -- OFF

25 -- Depart for Spain (La Manga)

26 -- Arrive in Spain

27 -- 10:00 am train -- 4:00 pm train

28 -- Noon vs. Viking (Norway)

March

1 -- 10:00 am train -- 4:00 pm train

2 -- Noon vs. FC Dallas -- Off

3 -- 10:00 am train -- 4:00 pm train

4 -- 10:00 am train -- 6:30 pm vs. Bodo/Glimt (Norway)

5 -- 10:00 am train -- 4:00 pm train

6 -- 10:00 am train -- 6:30 pm vs. Start (Norway)

7 -- Depart for Columbus

COMPLETE 2005 CREW SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE, FULL MLS SCHEDULE ALSO AVAILABLE

The Columbus Crew announced its 2005 season schedule on Monday, February 14. For the complete Crew schedule log-on to The Crew's official website at www.thecrew.com. Major League Soccer also announced the complete 2005 composite schedule which can be found at www.mlsnet.com.

FITZGERALD MEMORIAL AUCTION RAISES OVER $4,400

The Columbus Crew announced that over $4,400 has been raised from its on-line auction that was a part of the Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Soccer Festival that was held on Sunday, February 13, in Tampa, Fla. All proceeds from the auction will help fund the Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship named after the UT soccer coach and former Crew head coach who died in December from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Three items went for over $300, topped by a Clint Mathis Real Salt Lake jersey at $371. Also going for over $300 was a 2002 U.S. World Cup Team autographed ball ($355) and Tom Fitzgerald's personal set of MLS team pins for the inaugural 1996 season ($305). The auction dollars bring the total amount raised for the scholarship fund to over $42,000. Donations to the Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship Fund can be mailed to: Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship Fund, University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Box I, Tampa, FL 33606.

CREW SITS AT 3-2-1 AFTER FIRST LEG OF PRESEASON CAMP

The Crew lost, 2-0, to Real Salt Lake as part of the Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Soccer Festival at the University of Tampa on Sunday, February 13. It was the sixth and final game for The Crew in Florida as part of its first-leg of training camp. The Crew finished at 3-2-1 in exhibitions in Florida, beating the MetroStars (1-0), South Florida (1-0) and Central Florida (3-1), tying the U-17 National Team (1-1), and losing to D.C. (1-0) and Real Salt Lake.

CREW TO BEGIN U.S. OPEN CUP IN ROUND OF 16 ON AUGUST 3

A total of 42 teams - 26 professional and 16 amateur - will compete in the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as it kicks off in June. After 40 teams participated in the prestigious tournament in 2004, two expansion Major League Soccer teams have been added to the fray in 2005, bringing the total number of teams to its highest level since MLS began participating in the event in 1996. The U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. Qualifying is slated to be completed by May 30, with the pairings announcement expected on June 1. The Crew will enter the tournament on Aug. 3 in the fourth round (Round of 16). The quarterfinals will be played Aug. 24, the Semifinals on Sept. 14, with the final being played on Sept. 28.

SEASON AND HOME OPENER SET FOR APRIL 2 VS. LOS ANGELES AT 7:30 P.M.

The Crew will kick off year No. 10 of Major League Soccer on April 2 at Columbus Crew Stadium, when the Black & Gold face the Los Angeles Galaxy at 7:30 p.m. Currently the only way to attend the home opener is to purchase Crew season tickets by calling 614-447-CREW. Single-game tickets will go on sale at a later date.


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