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Crew SC announces multi-year extension of English radio contract with Tegna of Columbus

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC earlier this week announced a multi-year extension with RadiOhio, with all Black & Gold matches set to air on either 97.1 The Fan or 1460 ESPN. Crew SC begins the 2020 regular season at home this weekend and will face New York City FC at 12:30 p.m. ET this Sunday, March 1 at MAPFRE Stadium with the matching airing locally on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at www.971thefan.com. Chris Doran is set to return in 2020 as Crew SC’s English radio play-by-play voice.

The weekly radio show “Inside The Crew,” returns to the airwaves as well, with Crew SC broadcasters Neil Sika and Jordan Angeli hosting the show covering all things Black & Gold on Tuesday evenings from 9-10 p.m. ET on 97.1 The Fan. The debut show for 2020 will air next Tuesday, March 3 at 9 p.m. ET to recap the Club’s Opening Match this weekend and preview the team’s first road contest on March 7 at defending MLS Cup Champions, Seattle Sounders FC.

Crew SC also announced that in 2020, the Club’s Spanish audio stream, available on ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to return with broadcaster Juan Valladares behind the microphone for his 12th season.

“With the beginning of the season upon us, we are happy to partner with RadiOhio for a multi-year extension and are thrilled to have Chris Doran calling the action for our English radio broadcasts on 97.1 The Fan and 1460 ESPN,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “We are also pleased to have Juan Valladares return as our announcer for our Club’s Spanish audio stream. We are proud that we are able to continue to broadcast audio from our matches to both our English-speaking and our Spanish-speaking supporters.”

Back in his full-time radio play-by-play duties for the second year, Chris Doran returns to the booth in 2020, bringing two decades of MLS broadcast experience. His start with MLS came in 2000 as Crew SC’s substitute English radio host before becoming the full-time radio host in 2002 with the Chicago Fire. In 2004, Doran transitioned to television and spent over a decade as sideline reporter and analyst for Chicago’s regional television. He returned to Black & Gold regional coverage in 2013, as an analyst and matchday host through the 2016 campaign. Previously, Doran served as the radio voice of the Indiana University soccer program. Since 2007, Doran has also served as an analyst for the Big Ten Network and play-by-play host for FOX TV’s coverage of UEFA and CONCACAF championship games.

Juan Valladares is also set to return to the booth for Crew SC’s Spanish audio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com. Valladares, now on his 12th season, originally joined Crew SC as a sideline analyst during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He worked in radio from 1994-1996, providing coverage of professional soccer before becoming a co-anchor on Channel 25 TV in Honduras from 1995-2002, followed by working for Radio America Deportiva from 2002-2008. He then joined the Azteca America broadcast team to work on “Pasion de Futbol” as co-anchor in 2009 and assisted in coverage of CONCACAF Gold Cup coverage in 2009 and 2010 and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers nationwide from 2010-2013.

 

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Crew SC announces Black and Gold Week Festivities leading up to March 1 Opening Game

February 19, 2020

 

Crew SC celebrates the start of its 25th season and is set to hold a week-long activation throughout leading up to Opening Match on March 1 at MAPFRE Stadium

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC have announced that the Club will hold several events throughout Columbus the week of February 24-29 as part of its Black & Gold Week, presented by MAPFRE Insurance. These events include a special Proclamation at North Market, “Crew Night at CBJ”, multiple youth soccer clinics throughout Columbus, “Crew at OSU”, “Crew Takes Over COSI”, as well as the annual “Crewsmas Eve”. The activities lead up to Opening Match at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET, when Crew SC takes on New York City FC.

“We’re proud to be kicking-off our 25th season and are pleased to share details of what will be week-long excitement leading up to March 1,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “During Black & Gold Week, Crew supporters, players and staff will be present throughout the community all to celebrate one of the best times of the year: the start of the season. Everyone is welcome to join our community events during the week as well as join us for Opening Match against New York City FC.”

Black & Gold Week kicks off on Monday, February 24 with a special proclamation at North Market (59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215). The event is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. ET and will feature City of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther. Later that evening, at 7:00 p.m. ET, Nationwide Arena (200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215) is set to host “Crew Night at CBJ”, featuring discounted tickets to the Columbus Blue Jackets game against Ottawa Senators for Crew SC Season Ticket Members.

Black & Gold Week is meant to be a celebration of what lies at the heart of our Club: the Columbus community,” said Crew SC Executive Vice President & Chief Business Officer Steve Lyons. “We want to thank MAPFRE Insurance for partnering with us to make this year’s Black & Gold Week an exciting moment as we celebrate the Crew’s 25th season. We encourage Central Ohio residents to check out our schedule for engaging opportunities and we look forward to opening our doors at MAPFRE Stadium for Opening Match on March 1.”

On Tuesday, February 25 and Wednesday, February 26, the Crew are set to hold several youth soccer clinics at multiple locations in Central Ohio including Columbus, Obetz, Westerville and Worthington. The Club is set to partner with various different youth leagues, public schools and YMCA’s throughout Central Ohio to reach over 1,000 youth participants.

Crew SC is set to visit The Ohio State University on Thursday, February 27. The Club will be present at the Adventure and Recreation Center (855 Woody Hayes Dr, Columbus, OH 43210) at 7:00 p.m. ET, working with the intramural soccer league as part of “Crew at OSU”.

On Friday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. ET, the Crew takes over COSI (333 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215), as the Club is set to host a community event that will also provide a VIP experience to Season Ticket Members. The event will feature COSI giving an innovative look at the sport of soccer while also allowing Season Ticket Members and the general public to meet and interact with players and members of the Black & Gold.

An annual tradition on the evening before the first match, “Crewsmas Eve,” is set to take place on Saturday, February 29. Crew SC supporters are encouraged to attend the Crewsmas Eve celebrations at various supporter bars throughout Columbus to celebrate the Crew’s first regular-season match of 2020.

Black & Gold Week culminates with Crew SC’s Opening Match against New York City FC on Sunday, March 1 at MAPFRE Stadium. The match is set to kickoff at 12:30 p.m. ET and supporters in attendance will receive a Crew SC flag, courtesy of MAPFRE Insurance.

For a schedule of Black & Gold Week events, please see below.

 

DAY

Mon., Feb. 24

 

 

TIME (ET)

11:00 a.m.

 
7:00 p.m.

EVENT

Proclamation at North Market
59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
“Crew Night at CBJ”
Nationwide Arena | 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

Tue., Feb. 25 & Wed., Feb. 26 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Youth Soccer Clinics*
Multiple locations throughout Central Ohio
Thur., Feb. 27 7:00 p.m. “Crew at OSU”
Ohio State University’s Adventure and Recreation Center | 855 Woody Hayes Dr, Columbus, OH 43210
Fri., Feb. 28 6:00 p.m. “Crew Takes Over COSI”
COSI | 333 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Sat., Feb. 29 All day “Crewsmas Eve”
Various supporter bars throughout Columbus
Sun., Mar. 1 12:30 p.m. Columbus Crew SC vs. New York City FC
MAPFRE Stadium | One Black and Gold Blvd, Columbus, OH 43211

 

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2020 campaign is the Crew’s 25th season in MLS and the 21st season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

 

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Crew SC with a roster of talented players this year, cuts promising young forward J.J. Williams

 

J.J. Williams with Crew SC 2019 photo By Jay eyem - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

For Immediate Release: February 20, 2020

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC today announced that the Club has waived forward JJ Williams. Williams played one season with Crew SC in 2019.

In his rookie season, Williams made seven regular-season appearances (three starts) for the Black & Gold. Additionally, Williams also spent part of the 2019 season on loan with USL Championship side Birmingham Legion FC.

“As we assessed our roster throughout this pre-season, given our depth at the forward position, we believed it would be difficult for JJ to find important and regular First Team minutes at the MLS level, which are critical for his development,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “We want to thank JJ for his contributions to the Club during the 2019 season and wish him well.”

Crew SC is currently in Tucson, Arizona participating in the 2020 Visit Tucson Sun Cup, which runs from February 15-22.

The Black & Gold begin the 2020 MLS regular season at MAPFRE Stadium against New York City FC, on Sunday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Tickets to all matches on the Crew SC home schedule are available now online at ColumbusCrewSC.com or via phone.

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2020 campaign is the Crew’s 25th season in MLS and the 21st season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

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In a surprising move, Crew SC trades popular team captain, local product, Wil Trapp to Inter Miami

January 31, 2020

 

Black & Gold receive up to $300,000 in Allocation Money and an international roster spot from expansion side Inter Miami CF

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC on Friday announced that it has acquired up to $300,000 in Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2020 MLS season from expansion side Inter Miami CF in exchange for midfielder Wil Trapp. Crew SC immediately receives $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2020 and a 2020 international roster spot from Inter Miami CF. Crew SC would receive an additional $200,000 in General Allocation Money in 2021 should additional conditions be met. Additionally, in the event Inter Miami CF permanently transfers Trapp to a professional soccer club outside of MLS, Crew SC shall retain a percentage of a future transfer fee.

“First and foremost, we want to thank Wil for his seven years of contributions on and off the field while a member of the First Team of Crew SC,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “This was certainly a difficult decision to make, but headed into the final year of Wil’s contract, we were presented with an opportunity that we felt would mutually benefit both the Club and the player.”

Wil Trapp

Continued Bezbatchenko: “Wil represented his hometown Club and country proudly during his time with Crew SC and continues to serve as a model for a path to the professional level through the Academy system. As he enters the next chapter of his career, we truly wish him the best and appreciate what he has meant to Columbus.”

A Crew SC Academy product, Trapp signed a Homegrown Player contract with Crew SC on December 13, 2012. In 2013, his rookie season, Trapp made 16 regular-season appearances (all starts) and provided one assist en route to earning the Crew’s Breakout Performance of the Year award. The following year he was named team Vice Captain and went on to make 28 regular-season appearances (all starts), scoring one goal and registering four assists. Trapp also played in the inaugural MLS Homegrown Game as a part of the 2014 MLS All-Star Game festivities.

In 2015, Trapp made 19 regular-season appearances (17 starts) and was a pivotal player in Crew SC’s run to MLS Cup as he started in all five of the team’s MLS Cup Playoff matches. The following year, the midfielder made 30 regular-season appearances (29 starts) while notching one assist. That same season, Trapp was named to the 2016 MLS All-Star Game roster, becoming the first Crew SC Academy product in Club history to receive that honor. 2017 saw Trapp be named team Captain, and the midfielder went on to register 3,035 regular-season minutes of action – more than any other player that season – as he made a career-high 34 regular-season appearances (all starts) and recorded a career-high of five assists while helping the Black & Gold reach the Eastern Conference Championship.

Trapp made 30 regular-season appearances (29 starts) for the Crew in 2018, with the midfielder tallying one goal and one assist. Also in 2018, Trapp was named Crew SC’s Humanitarian of the Year for his work in the Columbus community. This past season, the midfielder made 28 regular-season appearances, providing four assists. In all, Trapp made 185 regular-season appearances (179 starts) while recording two goals and 19 assists for the Black & Gold during his seven seasons in Columbus. He leaves the Crew as the player with the fifth-most regular-season matches started, fifth-most regular-season minutes played (15,934), and as the player with the seventh-most regular-season matches played.

At the international level, Trapp has earned 20 caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team since making his debut in a 2015 friendly against Chile (January 28). The midfielder most recently started for the U.S. in a friendly against Mexico (September 6, 2019). Trapp had previously featured for the U.S. at the Under-14, U-15, U-18, U-20 and U-23 levels. In 2013, he was named U.S. Soccer’s 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year.

Crew SC’s 2020 MLS preseason continues with the Black & Gold currently in Cancun, Mexico before traveling to Tucson, Arizona on February 10 to participate in the 2020 Visit Tucson Sun Cup.

The Black & Gold begin the 2020 MLS regular season at MAPFRE Stadium against New York City FC, on Sunday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Tickets to all matches on the Crew SC home schedule are available now online at ColumbusCrewSC.com or via phone. For access to purchasing FC Cincinnati tickets, call 614-447-CREW. Local broadcast and promotional schedule information will be released at a later date.

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC acquires up to $300,000 in Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2020 MLS season from expansion side Inter Miami CF in exchange for midfielder Wil Trapp. Crew SC immediately receives $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2020 and a 2020 international roster spot from Inter Miami CF. Crew SC would receive an additional $200,000 in General Allocation Money in 2021 should additional conditions be met. Additionally, in the event Inter Miami CF permanently transfers Trapp to a professional soccer club outside of MLS, Crew SC shall retain a percentage of a future transfer fee. The announcement was made on January 31, 2020.

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2020 campaign is the Crew’s 25th season in MLS and the 21st season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

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Columbus Crew SC signs Sebastian Berhalter, team’s Academy Product

January 17, 2020

Sebastian Berhalter (courtesy North Carolina Athletics)

 

Berhalter spent the 2019 season with the North Carolina Tar Heels

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that it has signed Crew SC Academy product and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill midfielder Sebastian Berhalter as a Homegrown Player. Berhalter joins Aidan Morris as the second Crew SC Academy player to sign a Homegrown Player contract with the Crew this year.
“We are excited to welcome Sebastian to the Crew SC First Team,” said President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “As a longtime member of the Crew SC Academy, Sebastian is someone who understands the values and ideology of our Club. We are happy to see him join the professional ranks after a successful year at the college level and look forward to his continued development with the Crew.”


Berhalter made 16 appearances for the North Carolina Tar Heels as a freshman in 2019. Before his time with the Tar Heels, Berhalter played for Crew SC Academy from 2014-2019, featuring for the Under-13/14, U-15/16, U-16/17 and U-18/19 sides. The midfielder made a total of 103 appearances (97 starts) and scored 11 goals for the Black & Gold. Notably, Berhalter helped Crew SC Academy finish third at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-19 Tournament for the 2017-2018 season.

The midfielder joined the Crew SC First Team during its preseason camps in 2019, featuring in a Carolina Challenge Cup match against the Charleston Battery on February 20, 2019. At the international level, Berhalter has featured for the U.S. U-16 Men’s National Team. Notably, he is the son of current U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach and former Crew SC Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.

Crew SC’s 2020 MLS preseason training begins on January 20 in Chula Vista, California, following entrance physicals and testing. From there, the club departs to Cancun, Mexico on January 29 before traveling to Tucson, Arizona on February 10 to participate in the 2020 Visit Tucson Sun Cup.

The Black & Gold begin the 2020 MLS regular season at MAPFRE Stadium against New York City FC, on Sunday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Tickets to all matches on the Crew SC home schedule are available now online at ColumbusCrewSC.com or via phone. For access to purchasing FC Cincinnati tickets, call 614-447-CREW. Local broadcast and promotional schedule information will be released at a later date.

With the addition of Berhalter, Crew SC’s current 2020 roster – listed alphabetically below – now stands at 25 players. Crew 2020 MLS SuperDraft selections Miguel Berry, Remi Prieur and Danny Griffin will join the team in preseason as unsigned.

Goalkeepers (3): Jon Kempin, Matt Lampson, Eloy Room

Defenders (9): Harrison Afful, Chris Cadden, Waylon Francis, Aboubacar Keita, Jonathan Mensah, Axel Sjoberg, Milton Valenzuela, Josh Williams, Vito Wormgoor

Midfielders (10): Artur, Sebastian Berhalter, Luis Diaz, Hector Jimenez, Youness Mokhtar, Aidan Morris, Darlington Nagbe, Pedro Santos, Wil Trapp, Lucas Zelarayan

Forwards (3): Jordan Hamilton, JJ Williams, Gyasi Zardes

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC signs midfielder and Crew SC Academy product Sebastian Berhalter as a Homegrown Player on January 17, 2020.

Name: Sebastian Berhalter
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 155
Born: May 10, 2001 in London, England
Hometown: Westerville, Ohio
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed as a Homegrown Player on January 17, 2020.
Previous Experience: North Carolina Tar Heels (2019)


ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC

Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2020 campaign is the Crew’s 25th season in MLS and the 21st season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

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