With 13 wins in the 2009 season, the Columbus Crew was the #1 ranked club in the Eastern division of Major League Soccer. Their home field is the 22,555 seat Columbus Crew Stadium, the 1st-ever soccer-specific stadium, located on the Ohio Expo Center grounds. The team, labeled “The Hardest Operating Team in America,” is presently in their 14th season.
The Crew’s rookie midfielder Duliver “Dilly” Duka was the eighth general choose in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Duka grew up playing for the Red Bull Academy, but per MLS rules, did not play for them lengthy enough to qualify him a spot with his hometown team. So the Crew snatched him up after he did a stint with the USA below-20 national group. “I am hunting forward to going to Columbus and playing there and beginning my profession,” said Duka following being drafted. A former Rutgers star midfielder and All Huge-East standout, Duka explored skilled opportunities in Europe prior to being drafted by the Crew.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto, yet another crew midfielder, was named 2008’s MLS MVP in his second year with the Crew. Schelotto went on to help on all three objectives, leading the Crew to claim the 2008 MLS Cup with a 3-1 win. Schelotto was signed by the Crew in April 2007, soon after playing 11 years for the Argentine Boca Juniors group. Going into this season, Schelotto has started in 19 of the 22 MLS games in which he participated and has 24 targets and 33 assists throughout his MLS profession.
With ten years of MLS experience, defender Frankie Hedjuk has 12 targets and 23 assists going into his seventh season with the Crew. He has appeared in 139 MLS games, beginning in 133 of those, entering this season. Hedjuk is versatile, able to play either midfielder or defender, and is a five-time MLS All-Star.
On March 9, the Crew started their 2010 season by facing off against Toluca of Mexico in their first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series. Toluca is the existing full-season champion in Mexico, whilst the Crew had the greatest regular-season record in MLS the previous two seasons. Toluca scored twice in the 1st half of the game. Steven Lenhart of the Crew then scored twice in the second half, each instances from 13 yards on the appropriate side of the box, to tie the game at 2-2. The two-game series will continue on March 17 at Toluca. The Crew faces a daunting challenge simply because MLS teams have lost 10 of 11 knockout series to Mexican clubs in the Champions League.
The Crew will host Toronto FC (Football Club) on March 27 at 4 PM Eastern Standard Time, their 1st residence game of the season. The never-miss games of this season contain a Could 29th house game against the Los Angeles Galaxy, June 26th hosting DC United, and an August 5th game when the Columbus Crew travels to Union Field to play the newly-formed Philadelphia Union. Get your tickets nowadays for these and other games so you never miss your preferred teams play. MLS Soccer has grow to be hugely popular in current years, so tickets are positive to sell out rapidly.