The new column “down on the farm” will be covering stories from Columbus Crew SC players out on loan or youth teams. As the Crew SC are becoming known for developing their own players with the homegrown system, it should be fun to follow all the young kids as they hopefully develop into stars for the first team.
In the match Wednesday against Chicago we saw two players that are considered “homegrown” play a prominent role in the win. Obviously Wil Trapp is a homegrown signing and has been a key member of the first team for quite some time, but we saw Chad Barson get a start at right back and perform admirably.
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The youth team players developing will be key to the long-term future of Crew SC as the MLS seems more and more interested in allowing the big market teams to spend at levels unattainable to the level of Columbus.
Now that we have the intro out of the way there is one player to talk about today who played with the Columbus Crew SC affiliate, Austin Aztex last night. Romain Gall, a talented attacking winger came in as a substitute for the Aztex’s last night had provided one highlight moment in his 17 minutes of action.
With the score at 3-1 in favor of Austin, Gall picked up the ball about thirty yards out. He took a few dribbles to set up a thundering shot from twenty-five yards that the goalkeeper just saved with an outstretched dive. The keeper was unable to hold onto the ball, allowing Gall’s teammate to easily score the rebound. The highlight can be found around the 1:52:00 mark.
Given that Gall played at the end of a match that had already been decided, not much can be taken in terms of performance. However, the few touches he had on the ball, Gall looked comfortable and displayed obvious skill with his long range shot.
The key at this stage in Gall’s career is getting playing time and now that Columbus has gotten eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup and do not have any more friendlies it is unlikely he would have had an opportunity to see the field. When Gall becomes settled in with his teammates and his new home, he will likely feature quite heavily for the USL side.
On of the reasons, Gall was left off the U.S. Youth national team that made the trip to New Zealand for the Under-20 World Cup was his lack of playing time. Coaches at the national level need to see a player suiting up for his club side to be considered for a call.
Keep coming back to see how Gall progresses with Austin and all the best stories following the Crew SC youngsters progression to the senior team.