Tuesday, August 3, 2010

8/3/2010: Crew Super-20's Win National Title In First Year, 2 National Titles in 8 Days For Crew's Youth

Winning cup finals has become child's play for the Columbus Crew Juniors, this past week the Crew Juniors won two National titles in 8 days under the direction of Technical Director Brian Bliss.

First, the Crew Juniors won the McGuire Cup at the United States Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park in Kansas. The Crew were the first Major League Soccer side to win the McGuire Cup. Then eight days later, the Crew Juniors defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-1, to claim the 2010 USL Super-20 Men’s title in their first year!

The Crew won the game off of goals from midfielders Travis Wall and Ben Speas; while Crew forward Aaron Horton was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Crew Technical Director Brain Bliss commented:
“Most of these guys played in a very tough tournament last week in the McGuire Cup. To come here with two-thirds of that roster and grind it out over four days to win the championship, that sort of thing will not be repeated again. I am extremely proud of my team.”

Crewture's Thoughts: Brian Bliss deserves a raise for the work he has done with the Columbus Crew Juniors Academy. In a quick fashion, over the previous five years, the Columbus Crew Juniors have worked their way to the top of the youth levels matching the Championship-level ability of the Columbus Crew's senior side.

The two championships in eight days shows the commitment and focus of our youth players and I wouldn't be surprised to see some of them work their way into the senior side in the next year or so.


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