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Crew Head Coach Greg Andrulis and Assistant Coach Robert Warzycha Return for 2004

November 13, 2003 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Columbus Crew SC News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Thursday, November 13) - Crew President/General Manager Jim Smith announced today that the club has exercised the option year on the contracts of Head Coach Greg Andrulis and Assistant Coach Robert Warzycha for the 2004 season.

"Following a comprehensive, top-to-bottom review of the 2003 season with our ownership group, we are pleased to announce that Greg and Robert will be Crew coaches for the 2004 season," said Smith. "We continue to believe that they are well-suited to lead the Columbus Crew and provide us the greatest opportunity to succeed at this time. It has been well documented that we experienced an unlikely succession of setbacks during a disappointing 2003 campaign, but neither the coaches nor the players ever gave up on the season or wavered in their commitment to each other. That environment of mutual respect, which Greg and Robert were instrumental in creating, is the foundation of a successful team and we look forward to bigger and better things in 2004."

Andrulis will be returning for his third full season at the helm of The Crew. He took over the team seven games into the 2001 season, replacing Tom Fitzgerald. Andrulis has a 33-28-17 MLS regular season record for Columbus, and guided the 2002 squad to the U.S. Open Cup championship and one game shy of MLS Cup. He also has a 6-2 record in Open Cup play and a 2-3-2 mark in the MLS playoffs.

"I am pleased to return to finish the job that is undone," said Andrulis. "And that is to lead the Columbus Crew to the MLS Cup in 2004."

Warzycha will return for his second full year as a full-time assistant coach. He was a player/assistant coach in 2001, his final season on the field for the Black & Gold. Warzycha ended his Crew career with 19 goals and 61 assists for 99 points in 160 games.

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