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Columbus Crew SC launches Pre-Academy Program

October 6, 2020

Registration now open for tryouts at the Boys’ Under-9/10 and U-11/12 levels;
Supplemental training program will be free-to-play for trialists selected

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC today announced that the Club has finalized plans to launch a Pre-Academy program. The Pre-Academy program will consist of supplemental training groups at the Boys’ Under-9/10 and U-11/12 levels, both of which will be free-to-play for trialists who are selected to the groups. Tryouts for the program are set to take place on October 21 and October 28, with registration for the tryouts now open.

“We are proud to announce the creation of our Pre-Academy program,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “The Pre-Academy program will give us a chance to work with other youth clubs as we work to identify and develop local talent at a younger age. Additionally, I would like to thank the Haslam and Edwards families for their investment in player development by making this free-to-play competitive roster possible. Their generosity will help us to develop the next batch of great Academy, and hopefully someday, First Team players.”
The Pre-Academy program – which is slated to meet once a week and serve as supplemental training for players who are in other clubs or in unstructured environments – would provide a path for players into the Crew SC Academy. Currently, the Crew SC Academy is composed of teams at the U-14, U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 levels. Crew SC’s current First Team roster features three players who are Crew SC Academy products: Sebastian Berhalter, Aboubacar Keita and Aidan Morris.
“Our hope is that the Pre-Academy program will serve as a touch point for the broader Central Ohio soccer community with Crew SC Academy, allowing us to invite players, coaches, families, and directors into our environment in a collaborative way,” said Crew SC Academy Director Kelvin Jones. “We believe that by allowing youth players to remain in their clubs while also training under Crew SC Academy methodology, we can provide them with a path to the professional level that begins at an earlier age.”
Tryouts for the Crew SC Pre-Academy program will take place on Wednesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 28. The tryouts will be overseen by a Crew SC Academy coach and adhere to the Crew SC Academy curriculum and training methodology. Parents of children interested in participating in the U-9/10 tryouts may register here, while those interested in participating in the U-11/12 tryouts may do so here. Registration closes on Friday, October 16.

For more information on Crew SC Academy, please visit

Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and Haslam Sports Group. 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: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz | Future Training Facility (2021): OhioHealth Performance Center | New, downtown stadium coming July 2021.


MLS Disciplinary Committee makes Decisions on

NEW YORK (October 6, 2020) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued an undisclosed fine to Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Janio Bikel for his failure to leave the field in a timely manner after receiving a red card in the 68th minute during Vancouver’s match against Seattle Sounders FC on Oct. 3 (VIDEO).

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy in violation of the mass confrontation policy during the 59th minute of their match on Oct. 3. Both clubs have been issued a warning for their first violation. Due to their roles in the mass confrontation, Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, as well as LA Galaxy forwards Cristian Pavón and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández each have been issued an undisclosed fine for instigating and escalating a mass confrontation in their match on Oct. 3 ( VIDEO).



Columbus Crew SC invites fans to Celebrate on the Fan Cam on Wednesday!

(courtesy Crew SC)



Multiyear Partnership announced between Columbus Blue Jackets and Truly Hard Seltzer

OCTOBER 6, 2020


New partnership designates Truly Hard Seltzer as the Official Hard Seltzer of the Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and Truly Hard Seltzer have announced a new multi-year partnership that designates Truly Hard Seltzer as the Official Hard Seltzer of the National Hockey League club with rights to corresponding club marks and logos, as well as exclusive marketing rights in the hard seltzer category.


“We’re excited about the opportunity to help elevate the local and regional profile of this respected national brand,” said Ryan Shirk, Blue Jackets Vice President of Corporate Development.  “As the Official Hard Seltzer of the National Hockey League, this is a natural fit and we look forward to helping activate and highlight Truly’s brand with the CBJ faithful.”


Logo, company name

Description automatically generatedThe multifaceted partnership includes in-arena presence at Nationwide Arena through ice level dasherboard advertising, branded portables on arena concourses, logo inclusion on suite and club level menus, as well as branded timeout features during eight home games, product sampling opportunities and more.


Another highlight of the partnership will feature Truly Hard Seltzer serving as the presenting partner of the Blue Jackets “Social Roundup” that recaps the best of the week featuring CBJ players and personalities on the club’s digital and social platforms.


“We can’t think of a better beverage for Blue Jackets fans to sip on all season long than Truly,” said Lesya Lysyj, Chief Marketing Officer of The Boston Beer Company. “There’s nothing more satisfying than enjoying a Truly while watching Columbus’ favorite team play.”


About Truly Hard Seltzer

First released in 2016, category leader Truly Hard Seltzer is a clean, crisp and refreshing hard seltzer with a hint of fruit and just 100 calories, 1g sugar and 5% ALC/VOL.  Truly Hard Seltzer is crafted with simple, naturally gluten-free ingredients and contains alcohol made from cane sugar. It is available in 12 delicious styles and now in four styles of Truly Lemonade. To learn more about Truly Hard Seltzer, visit


PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Todd Sharrock, Columbus Blue Jackets; Meaghan Quinn, The Boston Beer Company’ COURTESY BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS



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