Crew Cuts: The few & the proud

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Mere minutes after the Columbus Crew tied D.C. United at Crew Stadium, two Crew stars made their mark for the U.S. national team in Seattle. Chad Marshall went the full 90 in central defense, and Robbie Rogers was named man of the match with a goal and two assists against Grenada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Although the Crew hasn't exactly pumped out national team stars, Rogers' show-stealing performance in the Americans' 4-0 victory was hardly the first time Columbus players have excelled on the international stage.

Lots of players had big moments in the U.S. kit and later suited up for the Crew. Consider Paul Caligiuri, whose goal against Trinidad and Tobago in 1989 rocketed the Americans into their first World Cup in 40 years. He later played with the Crew during the inaugural 1996 season before demanding a trade to L.A.

Other Crew stars had their chance and barely left a mark. Brian Maisonneuve, one of the most beloved players in Columbus history, rarely got the chance to represent his country, yet somehow he ended up appearing in all three 1998 World Cup matches for the States. Unfortunately, he did little to help the Americans ascend beyond group play.

The Crew's Thomas Dooley, a veteran national team defender, captained the U.S. during that best-forgotten 1998 Cup. Like Caligiuri, his best days representing his country came before he played for the Crew.

Let's look back at five highlights from the Crew's contributions to the U.S. national team, focusing on players who were under contract with Columbus when they excelled for the nats.

June 21, 1998

In an otherwise miserable World Cup for the Americans, Columbus striker Brian McBride scores the yanks' only goal of the tournament in a 2-1 loss to Iran. McBride would go on to become the most accomplished international player to don a Crew uniform.

June 5, 2002

The next World Cup goes much better for U.S. The successful run begins when McBride becomes the only American player to score in two World Cups by heading home the game-winner in a 3-2 upset over Portugal.

June 17, 2002

Two weeks later, McBride lands another game-winner as the Americans upend Mexico 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals, their best showing ever in a World Cup.

October 12, 2005

Former MLS Rookie of the Year Kyle Martino scores his first international goal in timely fashion, tallying the game-winner in the United States' 2-0 win over Panama in the final World Cup Qualifying round.

March 28, 2009

With the U.S. down 2-0 at El Salvador and only 15 minutes to go, longtime Crew captain and U.S. World Cup veteran Frankie Hejduk springs into action, assisting on one goal and scoring another to secure a 2-2 comeback draw in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

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