After all the fun we had compiling this week's best Buckeyes list, I thought I'd chime in with my picks for the 15 greatest Columbus Crew players.


Stern John

After all the fun we had compiling this week's best Buckeyes list, I thought I'd chime in with my picks for the 15 greatest Columbus Crew players.

15 Alejandro Moreno

Forward (2007-present)

MLS journeyman Moreno found a home in Columbus, where fans love his tireless work ethic, friendly demeanor and career-best goal-scoring. He's a crucial component of this year's first-place lineup.

14 Thomas Dooley

Defender (1997-1999)

Dooley immediately injected flair into the Crew when he arrived a few matches into 1997, and not just because of his red shoes. The U.S. World Cup veteran provided stability in the back and spiced up the attack with well-timed forays across midfield.

13 Dante Washington

Forward (1996, 2000-2002, 2004)

Washington's first and third stints with the Crew were mere blips on the radar screen, but in his lengthier second tenure he racked up 28 goals and 14 assists, an all-star appearance and lots of good will.

12 Jon Busch

Goalkeeper (2002-2006)

The tiny, tenacious keeper left Columbus on bad terms with Coach Sigi Schmid, but while he was here he was beloved for pulling off some of the most thrilling acrobatics of any Crew netminder. Busch's 367 saves are a Crew best.


Brian McBride

11 Mike Clark

Defender (1996-2003)

The Crew's all-time leader in starts (216), games played (221) and minutes (18,942), Clark was as steady and sure a defender as MLS has ever known.

10 John Wilmar Perez

Midfielder (2000-2002)

Until Guillermo Barros Schelotto tallies two more assists, Perez's 15 in 2001 are a team record. He also scored the game-winner in the Crew's 2002 U.S. Open Cup win.

9 Chad Marshall

Defender (2004-present)

Injuries have kept Marshall off the field too often, but when he plays, he is the rock of the Crew defense and a deadly aerial attacker on set pieces.

8 Frankie Hejduk

Defender (2003-present)

No one brings more passion to the pitch than Hejduk, the longtime captain whose solid defense and electric runs up the flanks have made him a national team staple.

7 Brian Maisonneuve

Midfielder (1996-2004)

The longest-tenured Crew player was a master of the slide tackle. He scored Columbus' first hat trick against Kansas City in 1996.


Guillermo Barros Schelotto

6 Brad Friedel

Goalkeeper (1996-1997)

National team star Friedel joined the Crew late in 1996 and helped the ailing club rattle off 10 straight wins to clinch a playoff berth on the season's final day. He is unquestionably the greatest goalie to suit up for Columbus.

5 Robert Warzycha

Midfielder (1996-2002)

"The Polish Rifle" is the Crew's all-time assists leader with 61. Warzycha's free kicks are the stuff of legend, particularly his overtime game-winner against DC United in 2001.

4 Jeff Cunningham

Forward (1998-2004)

Cunningham drove Columbus fans mad with inconsistent play, but his speed, skill and passion powered him to a club-record 62 goals.

3 Stern John

Forward (1998-1999)

John scored goals at a nearly unimaginable clip. He racked up an astonishing five hat tricks during two seasons in Columbus and won the 1998 scoring title.

2 Brian McBride

Forward (1996-2003)

McBride was the face of the Crew, the team's only true superstar. His 62 goals are still a club best. And he played on the 2002 squad that won the U.S. Open Cup. But he also just signed with the hated Chicago Fire, which costs him the top spot on this list.

1 Guillermo Barros Schelotto

Midfielder/Forward (2007-present)

McBride may have been a bigger star, but no one has had as profound an effect on the field as Schelotto. His 14 assists so far this season lead Major League Soccer by a wide margin, and his intangibles have helped to transform the Crew from last year's ragtag bunch of losers into this year's MLS Cup contenders. Schelotto may seem like a premature pick for No. 1, but he has until Nov. 23 to prove me right.