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Crowd at the Crew Rally

Last night I attended a rally for the Columbus Crew at Easton Town Center . It was a great event with all players, coaching staff, Crewzers and Crew Cat in attendance.

There were a few hundred Crew faithful in attendance, from youth soccer teams to The Crew Supporters Union to suits and everything in-between. The event was to celebrate the Crew's run into the playoffs and to encourage everyone to get tickets for Saturday night's match up against Kansas City in Crew Stadium. The Crew displayed the MLS Supporters Shield and honored defender Chad Marshall for being named the 2008 Visa Defender of the Year .

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Gino Padula and William Hesmer

One thing that I have always loved about professional soccer players in America, and the Crew is no exception, is their approachability. There was no formal autograph line with people ushering you through in turnstile fashion; instead the players and their families mixed and mingled with the crowd. Some stood on stage, some walked the crowd and others sat on the edge and let fans grab a seat next to them to chat for a few. Although professional athletes, these players appreciate their chance in the big league and know that there are many eager to take their spots.

Let's hope fans and players alike can ride the wave into a victory Saturday night .