Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
The Crew's Rising Star: Eric Brunner
by Bryan Alvarez, August 20th, 2009 7AM



[MLS] Eric Brunner started the 2008 season with the New York Red Bulls before a stint with the USL's Miami FC. He's finding his stride this season with the Columbus Crew and has contributed a goal, an assist and logged more than 1,400 minutes in 18 games. Get to know the 23-year-old in this profile by Soccer America's Bryan Alvarez that covers on and off-field experiences.

(Columbus Crew)

AGE: 23
HOMETOWN: Dublin, Ohio
MLS CLUB: Columbus Crew
YOUTH CLUB: Ohio Thunder
COLLEGE: Ohio State

INTERNATIONAL: I played in the 2008 Toulon Tournament with the U-23s. I played in two games and got a goal.
STARTING OUT: I played baseball and soccer. I started around age 6. I stuck with soccer and played ODP and club ball. I wanted a scholarship to help my parents. Around my junior year in college, I started thinking about pursuing soccer professionally.
OTHER SPORTS: I played baseball, competitively. I played tennis, golf and fish for fun.
EARLY SOCCER MEMORY: In U-15s, we won a national championship.

CURRENT CLEATS: Nike Tiempo Legends

FAVORITE TEAMS: Philadelphia Flyers, Manchester United.
FAVORITE PLAYERS: Zinedine Zidane, Franz Beckenbauer and Roy Keane.
FAVORITE MOVIES: "Good Will Hunting," "Snatch."
FAVORITE ACTORS: Steve Carell, Will Ferrell.
FAVORITE ACTRESS: I don't have one.

LIVING SITUATION: I'm renting a place from Frankie Hejduk.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: I think [Toronto's Stefan] Frei is having a good season. He's a good goalie. D.C. United's [Chris] Pontius is doing well, too.

MLS EXPERIENCE: It's going well. I'm fortunate to play in my hometown. My family and my friends from college are here. I was in New York and Miami last year. It's different living away from home if you're not used to it.
COLLEGE: It was good. I ended my senior season well. We went to the national championship final. Unfortunately, we didn't win. It got me into the combine. I went from there. College helped get me ready to play professionally.
MOST INFLUENTIAL COACH: [Crew coach] Robert [Warzycha] is good at talking things out. From my youth days, I have two. Mike Thomas and Mike Barry. I played with them on a bunch of different clubs.
MEMORABLE COACHING ADVICE (from youth coach): Enjoy it, especially when you're young. When you get older, you concentrate more. Play because you love it.

HOBBIES: I like video games like FIFA, Tiger Woods and Halo. I like fishing, too. I just got a dog, too. So, that will take up a lot of my time.
MUSIC: I listen to alternative music mostly. I like The Kooks and the Arctic Monkeys.
READING: I read a lot of USA Today articles on my phone. I liked the Harry Potter books, too.
VACATION: I haven't been on too many vacations. I like the Caribbean.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
Johnson scores again in Champions League    
Fabian Johnson scored in his second straight game for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League ...
Coach Michelle French names 20 for U-20 Women's World Cup qualifying    
Eight collegians and 12 youth club players comprise Coach Michelle French's roster for the U-20 Women's ...
MLS preseason returns to Tucson in 2016    
Ten MLS teams will take part in preseason training in Tucson, Arizona, where the 2016 Desert ...
Ellis calls up Colaprico and Lavelle for first time    
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Eilis called in 28 players -- 20 who went to ...
What They're Saying: Chris Dangerfield    
'We used to go to movies, have cups of tea, strange things you do when you ...
What They're Saying: Tim Leiweke    
"I think we have found a site. It's probably different than what people think we're doing, ...
Video Pick: How Ronaldo gets treated by customs     
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't seem to have a difficult time getting through customs, as demonstrated by this ...
NASL's Jacksonville banks on Tony Meola    
Hall of Fame goalkeeper Tony Meola, whose previous coaching experience since retiring as a player in ...
Video Pick: Messi proves he's fully recovered    
Lionel Messi, out of Barcelona's starting lineup for two months because of a knee injury, scored ...
Red Bulls' success nets Marsch Coach of the Year honors    
Inexperienced head coaches don't often flourish in MLS, yet in just his second season as a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives