Friday, March 18, 2016

3/18/16: Riverhounds Assignment Good for Ben Swanson, Hollingsworth

Ben Swanson is headed to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. For a midfield currently filled with talent, USL time for the 18 year old might be what the doctor ordered.

In his second year with Columbus, the young Crew academy product is expected to do things and has the time to develop.

Academy product Wil Trapp has paid off for Columbus. Perhaps Ben Swanson will be a more attacking Wil Trapp in the future.

Defender Michael Parkhurst had a good scout report on Swanson:

“It’s so difficult for a guy that’s straight from high school to come in here and train with guys that are 10 years older than him and physically much more mature, (but) he’s really hung in there and he’s battled. There’s been weeks where he’s really settled in nice and weeks when you can’t tell that he’s so young and then there’s periods that are tough for him that any growing young professional goes through where confidence is struggling. I’ve talked to him a little bit and he’s got a bright future. He’s a smart kid and he knows how to battle through it.”

Last year, Swanson had time to see how the first team works and spent some time practicing in Germany.

The next step perhaps, is seeing how he plays in a first team in Pittsburgh. If Swanson does well 2017 may see him as a substitute for the first team.

Or with some starting time, if the midfield keeps playing how they have lately. :-)

Anyways best of luck to him. I think this is a good step to get him developed fully.

**Rook Marshall Hollingsworth will join Ben in Pittsburgh.

Probably a really good move for Marshall as well, as getting used to MLS from the NAIA is a bit of a step.

But, this is a good sign for both Ben and Marshall because the Crew see a future if they develop them. Other current rooks probably won't see the field in 2016 and likely will say adios to make space for next years rooks.

If both have a pretty good year in the USL, Gregg will take notice.

Good luck.


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