Saturday, March 10, 2007

Crew Hit Jackpot, Win Robbie Rogers Sweepstakes

They might not win much on the field, but the Columbus Crew are mad lucky when it comes to Major League Soccer weighted lotteries. Or they keep finishing in last place. We report. You decide. Regardless, the Crew picked up U-20 US National Team member Robbie Rogers, as the 19-year-old lefty attacking midfielder cut short his tenure with Heerenveen of the Dutch Eredivisie so he could return to The States.

Columbus has cornered the market on the MLS Lottery deal, having landed Danny Szetela in similar circumstances over two years ago. With fellow former Maryland Terrapins Jason Garey and Marc Burch, and Team USA teammates Szetela and Tim Ward in Columbus, Rogers, a native of Huntington Beach, California, may not be totally devastated to end up with the Crew, instead of the LA Galaxy or Chivas USA. Yeah, right.

Take note gang. Szetela hasn't exactly set the world on fire the past two seasons and Rogers, in his abbreviated stint with Heerenveen, never played a minute for the Big Club, which finds regular minutes from former MetroStar/Red Bull Michael Bradley, son of current Interim US Men's National Team Head Coach Bob Bradley. Rogers, Szetela et al are indeed excellent potential talents, but it remains to be seen if that potential will be reached under the tutelage of Sigi Schmid.

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