[Pt. 3] The Chad Way: Reflections on a Columbus Soccerballing Legend

CONTINUED FROM PART TWO Chad Marshall is a funny, funny man who loved and cared about his teammates. Those players describe the real Chad Marshall as “a big goofy animal” and “a teddy bear.” “He’d always make you feel welcome, but once you were in with him, the banter was pretty much nonstop,” Williams said. … Continue reading [Pt. 3] The Chad Way: Reflections on a Columbus Soccerballing Legend

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[Pt. 2] The Chad Way: Reflections on a Columbus Soccerballing Legend

CONTINUED FROM PART ONE Here’s a way in that Chad Marshall is an example of not being able to judge a book by its cover. I say this lovingly, but it’s something people have asked me about and commented on over the years, and something that even his dearest friends seem to agree upon—Chad Marshall … Continue reading [Pt. 2] The Chad Way: Reflections on a Columbus Soccerballing Legend

[Pt. 1] The Chad Way: Reflections on a Columbus Soccerballing Legend

On May 22, the news came out of Seattle that Crew legend Chad Marshall retired in the midst of his 16th MLS season. He left behind a list of accomplishments as tall as the man himself. The 6’4” defender was a two-time MLS Cup champion, including the game-winning goal for the Crew in MLS Cup … Continue reading [Pt. 1] The Chad Way: Reflections on a Columbus Soccerballing Legend

25 Years Ago Tonight, the Cleveland Crunch Delivered My First Fan Championship

It's hard to believe it has been 25 years since the Cleveland Crunch delivered my very first taste of a pro sports championship. The Crunch are a defunct indoor soccer team that played in the National Professional Soccer League. In between the demise of the North American Soccer League in the early 1980s and the … Continue reading 25 Years Ago Tonight, the Cleveland Crunch Delivered My First Fan Championship

Dueling 61s: A Look at Warzycha & Higuian

On Saturday night, Federico Higuain tied Robert Warzycha's Columbus Crew record for career assists in league play, so in addition to the story I wrote, I thought it would be fun to jointly celebrate the two Crew legends by looking at their shared record while it is still shared.First, some basics. WARZYCHAHIGUAINAssists6161First assist9/22/1996 at TB(Paul Caligiuri) 8/19/2012 … Continue reading Dueling 61s: A Look at Warzycha & Higuian

The Night Pipa Tied Bobby

Records are made to me broken and we certainly celebrate their breaking. However, if we’re lucky, we get to celebrate a moment when a record is tied, where two terrific players from different eras are joined together in equal achievement. So it is Crew legends Robert Warzycha and Federico Higuain. On Saturday night, Higuain tied … Continue reading The Night Pipa Tied Bobby