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Posts Tagged ‘Columbus Crew.’

Crew midfielder Daniel Paladini undergoes successful leg surgery

Daniel Paladini as a Chicago Fire (2012 photo by Kmvmty via wikipedia commons)

The Columbus Crew have had their share of injuries this season.

One of the wounded, include 29-year-old midfielder Daniel Paladini.

Last week, the Crew announced that the Northridge, California native had underwent successful surgery for internal fixation for a tibia and fibula fracture.

Paladini has begun recovery and is out for the remainder of the 2014 MLS season. He will be sidelined a total of 16 weeks.

The injury was suffered during a practice session. The operation was performed by surgeon Dr. Corey L. Van Hoff, M.D. at Ohio Health’s Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus on Tuesday, September 16.

A seasoned MLS veteran, Paladini has also played for the LA Galaxy, Chivas USA and the Chicago Fire.

Being from Northridge, California, he stayed home to play for Cal State-Northridge of the Big West Conference. In 2005, he was named Midfielder of the Year by that conference.

Columbus Crew signs defender “Mad Dog” Emanuel Pogatetz

Emanuel Pogatetz (2011 photo by Michael Kranewitter via wikipedia commons)

The Columbus Crew have signed “Mad Dog” Emanuel Pogatetz (pronounced POH-gah-tetz).

The Austrian defender is given that nickname for a reason.

The 31-year-old, who is 6’3, was given that nickname for his very aggressive style of play.

He arrived in Columbus a couple of weeks ago and is ready to contribute to the Crew’s playoff drive.

Since making his professional soccer debut in 2000, Pogatetz has recorded more than 300 league appearances in topflight competitions around the world. He has played in more than 115 matches in both England’s Barclays Premier League and the German Bundesliga. Pogatetz has also spent time with Austrian and Russian first division clubs.

His vast experience has earned him international attention through 61 caps for the Austrian National Team, including action in 22 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

He will wear uniform number 5 for the Crew.

Ex-Crew coach Warzycha back coaching in native Poland

Robert Warzycha ( photo)

When the Columbus Crew’s new ownership headed by Anthony Precourt fired longtime Crew employee Robert Warzycha last September 18, fas of the team wondered if he would be offered a chance to stay with the organization in another capacity.

After all, the 50-year-old was an original member of the Crew, served as an assistant coach and head coach.

The chance to stay on in another capacity did not materialize but Warzycha has landed back in his native Poland as a head coach for Gornik Zabrze.

Gornik started the season at 0-3-2 and everyone knows that pro soccer is identical to pro hockey, slow starts get coach’s fired.

Warzycha was named coach of Gornik this week. They play in the Polish top division.

Warzycha, who was born in Siemkowice, Poland played five seasons with Gornik Zabrze from 1987-1991 early in his career. He then played for Everton and then onto the MLS and the Crew.

New-look Crew getting ready for 2014 season

When the Columbus Crew takes to the field for the regular season, the fans of Crew Nation will not recognize the new schemes on offense, defense or even the roster.

New head coach Gregg Berhalter and the ownership realized they couldn’t keep the same team that disappointed the city and fanbase by not reaching the playoffs.

The team currently is in preseason training at the indoor soccer fields at SuperKick in Lewis Center, Ohio.

They currently have a roster of 29 players with three draft picks and two tryout players. That number will have to be reduced sometime this week.

Then the games begin!

Columbus has a schedule that will see them play four matches in 11 days spanning February 19 through March 1 in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.


Crew heads to Utah without injured Meram, Anor, Gruenebaum

(courtesy MLS)

The past two weeks, the Columbus Crew team has come alive in all fronts in winning by scores of 2-0 twice.

Two of the reasons for their success has been the play of Bernardo Anor and Justin Meram, who have been getting the ball to scorer Federico Higuain.

After Thursday’s practice, head coach Robert Warzycha said that neither would make the trip to Real Salt Lake due to injuries suffered last weekend vs. Toronto FC.

Also not making the trip west is goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.

Meram suffered a back injury after a hard fall and Anor is dealing with fatigue issues and soreness in his right hamstring.

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