Columbus Crew's Federico Higuain is very happy, and he's singing to tell you so | THE SIDELINE

There's a lot of things to love about many of the players in Major League Soccer.

There's a true sense of so many of the guys in the league being just your everyday, average dudes. You know, the kind that you could sit down at a local hole-in-the-wall bar and have a draft beer with; not being the international superstars renting out VIP rooms at the most expensive nightclubs.

And perhaps there's no more "everyday, average dude" kind of team in MLS than the Columbus Crew — the team that once had legendary "everyday, average dude," Frankie Hejduk. So, it's really no surprise that a group of Crew players would form an amateur guitar and karaoke band, nor that the club's star player, Federico Higuain, would feature on their latest track, "Don't Worry, Pipa's Happy."

The playing group was started in 2012 by former Crew defender Carlos Mendes — an occasional live musical performer — along with midfielder Eddie Gaven, and goalkeepers Andy Gruenebaum and Matt Lampson. This year, the band consists of rookie midfielder Shawn Sloan, goalkeeper Daniel Withrow and Gruenebaum. Thus, Sloan and the Keepers was born.

Sloan and the Keepers also dedicated their own version of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" to Crew defender Tyson Wahl earlier this month.

The Columbus Crew: just a fun group of everyday, average dudes fighting for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.


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