Wednesday, April 15, 2009

4/15/09: Burns Gets Hot With A Hat Trick Against Marshall U., Former Polish U-21 Star Topolski Comes On As Guest Player

David Topolski formerly of Lech Poznan makes appearance as guest player.

According to the Black & Gold Standard, The Columbus Crew reserves defeated the Marshall University Thundering Herd by a score of 3-0 Wednesday morning amid rainy, overcast conditions at Crew Stadium. Midfielder Kevin Burns tallied all three Crew goals en route to a hat trick, while Alex Grendi registered two assists and guest player Pat Figueroa added an assist in the morning’s action.

I couldn't find anything on Pat Figueroa but an interesting addition to the Crew guest player roster was David(Dawid) Topolski. 25 year old Topolski was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has played in Poland since he was 15. Starting off at SKP Slupca and playing currently for Tan Turek of Polish Ekstraklasa II. Topolski's best run was between 2004 and 2006 where he made 33 appearances for Polish top side Lech Poznan. Topolski then made 17 appearances in 2006 after his Lech run for a couple other Polish Ekstraklasa sides. Since 2007 Topolski has made 15 appearances for Ekstraklasa II side Tan Turek.

Topolski was the only guest player to get in a full ninety in today's game. With that said, maybe there is an outside chance that the Crew would rather have someone like Topolski(with 10 years of experience in professional league's at 25) to bolster the midfield depth before the midweek deadline, instead of some other less experienced backups.

St. Johnstone of the SPL looked hard at Topolski in the 2008 summer window and seemed really keen to sign him although eventually the deal fell through. Topolski stated to someone on youtube that in the winter window he was interested in joining MLS as well. Right now Topolski is with the indoor team the New Jersey Ironmen. Topolski is trying to get his career back on track after some injuries that hurt him near the end of his run at Lech Poznan.

Topolski was also looked at by D.C. United in 2002 at the age of 18.

Lech Poznan

Recently with Tan Turek:

The third guest player was Geoff Marsh of the Ohio State soccer team.


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