Crew: Meet the new guys

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Goodbye Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Frankie Hejduk, Gino Padula, Duncan Oughton, Brian Carroll, Adam Moffat, Eric Brunner, Cory Elenio, Jason Garey and Steven Lenhart.

Hello these guys:

Andy Adlard

Position: M/F

Age: 22

Last team: Indiana University

In short: All-Big Ten attacker could spark Crew's ailing midfield

Bernardo Anor

Position: M

Age: 22

Last team: University of South Florida

In short: Venezuelan transplant fought back from ACL tear in college

Rich Balchan

Position: D

Age: 22

Last team: Indiana University

In short: Top draft pick showed promise at center back in Champions League play

Ray Burse

Position: GK

Age: 26

Last team: FC Dallas

In short: Former OSU goalie is filling in while William Hesmer and Andy Gruenebaum heal

Jeff Cunningham

Position: F

Age: 34

Last team: FC Dallas

In short: Crew's all-time leading scorer returns to reclaim his spot atop the MLS career goals list

Josh Gardner

Position: M/D

Age: 28

Last team: Carolina RailHawks (USL)

In short: MLS/USL journeyman was decent at left back during Champions League

Cole Grossman

Position: M/F

Age: 21

Last team: Duke University

In short: Promising rookie debuted brilliantly in Champions League opener, crapped the bed in game two

Tom Heinemann

Position: F

Age: 23

Last team: Carolina RailHawks (USL)

In short: Towering target forward logged a goal versus New England in preseason

Julius James

Position: D

Age: 26

Last team: DC United

In short: Trinidad native has bounced around MLS since 2008

Justin Meram

Position: F

Age: 22

Last team: University of Michigan

In short: A proven collegiate goal-scorer, life-long Crew fan if you believe his tweets @JustinMeram

Sebastian Miranda

Position: D

Age: 30

Last team: Union Espanola (Chilean First Division)

In short: Plucky, versatile, experienced defender could fill Hejduk's shoes

Alex Riggs

Position: GK

Age: 22

Last team: Missouri State University

In short: Thanks to injuries, fourth-string goalie might be closer to starting than you think

Ben Sippola

Position: M/D

Age: 21

Last team: Butler University

In short: Outscored Butler's forwards from the midfield

Korey Veeder

Position: D

Age: 19

Last team: Crystal Palace Baltimore

In short: Acclaimed U.S. youth international was acquired in a weighted draft

Josh Williams

Position: D

Age: 22

Last team: Cleveland Internationals (USL PDL)

In short: Akron native signed late last season after long courtship