Thursday, January 9, 2014

Crew Add Players, Coaches

The Crew added two academy standouts Ross Friedman and Matt Walker yesterday to the 2014 roster. They have also added Robert Maaskant as an assistant and Pat Onstad as a goalkeepers coach.


Both players are Ohioans. Friedman is from the affluent Columbus suburb of Bexley, Ohio was most recently with Harvard University (Ivy League, same as Dartmouth grad Anthony Precourt) and Walker with Xavier, a Cincinnati kid.

The signings add to the already overflowing Ohio born Crew roster. In fact the Crew now have 9 players from Ohio and another 6 from the region.

15 : From Ohio or Midwest Region
12 : Foreign or somewhere else in US


Maaskant, a Dutchman, has been moving from team to team for most of his playing and coaching career. It appears he crossed paths with HC Gregg Berhalter in his travels. He comes with extensive experience all over the place really. Notably with the Texas Dutch Lions a couple years ago (Crew recently announcing Dayton Dutch Lions as an affiliate).

Onstad is a name that most MLS fans will recognize. He was most recently on Ben Olsen's DC United staff with Josh Wolff in DC (though many would like to forget that year). He'll be in Columbus to handle the Crew goalkeeping group.

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