Thursday, January 15, 2009

1/15/09: Crew Draft Stories

A nice story here from on Gerstenberger reaction and the decision to take him by Warzycha and Bliss.

Gerstenberger called being chosen "crazy." He had hoped to be picked but wasn't sure and was sitting at home in Schenectady, N.Y, with his family and friends when his named popped up on the computer.

"My mom was in the kitchen and somebody yelled, 'You've just been drafted.' Someone from Columbus called me a few minutes later," he said. "To be drafted by the championship team is unbelievable. I watched them win the final over New York. They've got a very good team. They score goals and play really sound defensively."

He didn't follow one MLS team growing up but he did have a favorite player. "It's pretty ironic. It was Brian McBride and he played for the Crew before he went to Europe."

Gerstenberger doesn't know much about Columbus or Ohio although several of his relatives are big Cleveland Browns fans. The only player on the Crew roster he knows is Rogers, a teammate on the U.S. national U-18 squad. Gerstenberger played two friendlies for the team in April 2005.

A short story on Alex Grendi from the University of Pennsylvania.

"It is an honor to be considered one of the top college players in the country, and then to be drafted by the MLS Cup champs. I couldn't ask for more," said Grendi.


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