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La Que Buena 1550-AM to serve as Spanish Radio home for the Crew in 2009

February 25, 2009 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Columbus Crew SC News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The MLS Cup-champion Columbus Crew and La Que Buena 1550-AM announced today that the station will once again serve as the Spanish Radio Home for the Columbus Crew in 2009. This season will be the eighth in a row that the Crew has aired its games locally on Spanish radio and sixth straight on 1550-AM.

"The Crew organization remains committed to forging a sound and mutually beneficial relationship with the local Hispanic community," said Chad Schroeder, the Crew's Vice President of Corporate Sales & Broadcasting. "Our partnership with La Que Buena is a vital initiative in serving that valued audience."

Carlos Cordova, who served as an announcer on several game broadcasts in 2008, becomes the lead play-by-play man this year, joining veteran lead analyst Benny Pietrangelo, a former University of Akron star and professional player, in the booth.

"We are excited to carry the Columbus Crew on La Que Buena 1550-AM for the 2009 season," said station GM Manuel Rojas. "We think it's a great fit for our audience with the presence of such Hispanic players as Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Alejandro Moreno and Gino Padula. Our listeners do not have to be enticed as they already love the game of soccer."

CREW DEPARTS FOR ENGLAND TODAY

The Crew embarks on the next phase of its preseason today, departing for England where it will spend the next week playing three matches and taking in Saturday's West Bromwich Albion at Everton English Premier League contest. Everton's facilities will be the Black & Gold's training base for the week and the Crew and Everton Reserves will square off on Sunday (March 1). Crew head coach Robert Warzycha played for Everton from 1991-94. A match against the Liverpool Reserves on March 5 will cap the trip.

Upcoming Crew Preseason Schedule

Wed., 2/25 Depart for England

Sun., 3/1 Exhibition vs. Everton Reserves

Tues., 3/3 Exhibition vs. Guiseley FC

Thurs., 3/5 Exhibition vs. Liverpool Reserves

Fri., 3/6 Return to Columbus

CREW CAPS FLORIDA PHASE OF PRESEASON WITH THREE STRAIGHT WINS

The Black & Gold played five preseason matches during its trip to Bradenton, Fla., returning to Columbus with a record 3-2-0. The Crew opened play with a 2-1 setback to D.C. United on Feb. 10, with Jason Garey providing the Crew's lone goal. Two days later, the squad fell to the Puerto Rico Islanders, 2-0, but rebounded well to win its final three matches -- a 3-1 win over the U.S. Under-20 National Team on Feb. 14, with Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Anthony Peters and Steven Lenhart netting the goals, and a pair of 60-minute victories over collegiate foes on Feb. 18. The first was a 2-0 win over the University of Tampa, with Emmanuel Ekpo and Brian Carroll providing the offensive firepower, and was followed by a 6-0 win over Central Florida, in which Pat Noonan, Kevin Burns, Duncan Oughton, Ty Shipalane, Jordan Seabrook and Garey each got in on the action in the victory over Central Florida.

CREW STADIUM TO SERVE AS COOKIE DISTRIBUTION SITE FOR 2,000 CENTRAL OHIO GIRL SCOUT TROOPS

Crew Stadium will serve as the distribution site for over 2,000 Central Ohio Girl Scout Troops this Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 26-28). Hours of pick-up will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. This will be the first time that all Central Ohio Girl Scout Troops will participate in the cookie distribution at a centralized location, as 28 semi-trailers full of delicious Girl Scout cookies will be doled out.

CREW STADIUM TO HOST SPECIAL OLYMPICS OHIO POLAR BEAR PLUNGE 2009

Crew Stadium will host the 2009 Special Olympics Ohio Polar Bear Plunge this Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested can support Special Olympics Ohio by pledging to plunge into frigid waters or simply by donating to a willing "polar bear." Call Special Olympics Ohio at (614) 239-7050 or visit www.sooh.org for more information and/or to register for the Plunge. The Polar Bear Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Ohio's Special Olympics athletes by running, jumping or slowly crawling into frigid winter waters in Ohio.

CREW SOCCER ACADEMY SQUADS RESUME DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PLAY IN MICHIGAN

The Crew Soccer Academy squads resumed play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy with a trip to Michigan Feb. 14-15. Both CSA sides took on the Derby County Wolves on Feb. 14 in Wixom, Mich., with the 15/16s falling to Derby County by a score of 3-2, with Brett Elder registering both goals for CSA, while the 17/18s defeated Derby County, 1-0, thanks to a goal by Tyler Pollock. Both squads then faced Vardar on Feb. 15 in Pontiac, Mich. Neither match provided a winner, as the both the 15/16s and 17/18s drew with their counterparts from Vardar by a score of 1-1. Kyle Culbertson registered the lone goal for the 15/16s, while Ben Speas tallied for the 17/18s. After a weekend off, the teams return to action this weekend (Feb. 28-March 1) as they host Carmel United and Empire United at the Crew Training Center at Obetz (4153 Alum Creek Drive). Both squads will take on Carmel United on Saturday, (Feb. 28), with the 15/16s opening play at 1 p.m., followed by the 17/18s at 3 p.m. The CSA teams will then face Empire United on Sunday (March 1), with 15/16s playing at 10 a.m. and the 17/18s following at 12 noon.

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