Through Josh’s Eyes: Darlington Nagbe

DARLINGTON NAGBEAge at MLS Cup: 30Hometown: Lakewood, OH ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 19Starts: 18Minutes: 1574Goals: 2Assists: 1 This sums up Darlington Nagbe pretty well: University of Akron? Championship. Portland Timbers? Championship. Atlanta United? Championship. Columbus Crew? Championship. In three of those four instances (all but Atlanta), he won the title with Caleb Porter as his … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Darlington Nagbe

Through Josh’s Eyes: Aidan Morris

AIDAN MORRISAge at MLS Cup: 19Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 11Starts: 3Minutes: 450Goals: 0Assists: 1 The homegrown Crew Academy product and last-minute starting MLS Cup midfielder has already been mentioned prominently when Josh spoke about the lead-up to the MLS Cup 2020 and then when he walked us through the game itself. … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Aidan Morris

Through Josh’s Eyes: Youness Mokhtar

YOUNESS MOKHTARAge at MLS Cup: 29Hometown: Utrecht, Netherlands ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 19Starts: 10Minutes: 805Goals: 3Assists: 1 After signing with the Crew in the summer of 2019, Youness gave the Crew another skillful winger who liked to cut inside, much in the way that Pedro Santos does. In 2020, the Crew offset that pair of … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Youness Mokhtar

Through Josh’s Eyes: Jonathan Mensah

JONATHAN MENSAHAge at MLS Cup: 30Hometown: Prampram, Ghana ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 28Starts: 28Minutes: 2550Goals: 0Assists: 1 The Crew signed Mensah as a designated player in 2017, by which time he had already appeared in two World Cups for Ghana, including the Black Stars' run to the quarterfinals in 2010 Mensah's early performances in Columbus … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Jonathan Mensah

Through Josh’s Eyes: Grant Lillard

GRANT LILLARDAge at MLS Cup: 25Hometown: Hinsdale, IL A former homegrown player of the Chicago Fire, the Crew acquired Lillard in a mid-August trade with Miami. The 6'4" centerback didn't make any appearances for the Black & Gold in 2020, and as Josh will point out, the transition to a new team/city in the middle … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Grant Lillard

Through Josh’s Eyes: Matt Lampson

MATT LAMPSONAge at MLS Cup: 31Hometown: Hilliard, OH I have a lot of favorite people I have met in all my years in or around the Crew organization. Goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who is in his second stint with the Crew after initially signing as a homegrown player for the 2012 season, is certainly in that … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Matt Lampson

Through Josh’s Eyes: Jon Kempin

JON KEMPINAge at MLS Cup: 27Hometown: Leawood, KS Signed as a 17-year-old homegrown player by Sporting Kansas City for the 2010 season, Kempin has spent much of his career backing up star goalkeepers such as Jimmy Nielsen, Tim Melia, Zack Steffen, and now Eloy Room. It's the curse of the position. There are no multi-goalkeeper … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Jon Kempin

Through Josh’s Eyes: Aboubacar Keita

ABOUBACAR KEITAAge at MLS Cup: 20Hometown: Westerville, OH ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 12Starts: 11Minutes: 1032Goals: 0Assists: 0 A local player and a homegrown product of the Crew Academy, 20-year old Keita helped anchor the Crew's backline after the injury to opening day starter Vito Wormgoor. The Crew surrendered only 11 goals in Keita's 12 appearances … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Aboubacar Keita

Through Josh’s Eyes: Hector Jimenez

HECTOR JIMENEZAge at MLS Cup: 32Hometown: Huntington Park, CA ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 10Starts: 4Minutes: 409Goals: 0Assists: 1 In his seventh season in Columbus and five years after the heartbreak of 2015, Hector Jimenez entered as a sub and lifted the MLS Cup trophy at MAPFRE Stadium. It was the third MLS Cup title in … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Hector Jimenez

Through Josh’s Eyes: Jordan Hamilton

JORDAN HAMILTONAge at MLS Cup: 24Hometown: Scarborough, ON ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 2Starts: 0Minutes: 13Goals: 0Assists: 0 Canadian forward Jordan Hamilton barely saw the field in 2020, but as Josh will explain, his influence on the 2020 championship season was enormous. When he was an even younger player, the 24-year-old had soaked up many lessons … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Jordan Hamilton