HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player on December 20, 2016.
The 2016 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year became the 11th Homegrown Player signing by Crew SC prior to the 2017 season. The towering center back will look to make an impact with his hometown team in 2017.
COLLEGE: Crognale made 73 appearances (69 starts) in his four years at Maryland, scoring 11 goals and tallying three assists. The defender and his teammates from the 2013-2016 seasons recorded a +84 goal differential over the four seasons. The best single-season goal differential with Crognale on the roster came in 2016, his final season, recording a +29 differential, as Maryland scored 53 goals and allowed just 24. In 2016, the 6-foot-5 defender was an All-American, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, a First Team All-Big Ten selection and a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in his senior season.