CREW SC ACADEMY TO HOST CREW SC ACADEMY WOLVES IN BOYS' DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY #TTPLEDGE FEATURE GAME

3:30 PM ET | Academy Facebook

Crew SC Affiliate Academies set to Join More Than 17,000 Athletes in Girls' and Boys' Development Academy to Take Concussion Awareness Pledge from Sept. 2-10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 8, 2017) - In conjunction with Recognize to Recover, presented by Thorne, and ThinkTaylor, Crew SC Academy (Columbus, Ohio) U-18/19 is set to host fellow Crew SC M.L.S. affiliate club Crew SC Academy Wolves (Wixom, Mich.), in the first Feature Game of the Boys' Development Academy season. The game is set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. at the EAS Training Center and will be broadcasted live on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook page.

Following the 2016-2017 season that saw first ever titles crowned to Atlanta United FC and Texans SC Houston, both Crew SC and Crew SC affiliate U-18/19 teams will look to rebound from early exits out of the Academy Playoffs and start their 2017-2018 campaigns on the right track in the Mid-America Division of the Central Conference.

ThinkTaylor

Before the game, both Starting XI's will meet at midfield where team captains from each side will take the #TTPledge, reciting an oath to be educated on concussion symptoms, to be honest in their self-evaluation and to be supportive of anyone with a concussion. ThinkTaylor was founded in 2011 by former Men's National Team player Taylor Twellman after he was forced to retire from professional soccer due to post-concussion syndrome (PCS). ThinkTaylor is dedicated to changing the culture of traumatic brain injuries and aims to dispel the notion of concussions as something to "shake off" or play through, and establish protocol of handling brain injuries with the utmost seriousness.

Anyone involved in youth soccer in the United States is encouraged to take part in the #TTPledge by visiting ussoccerda.com/ttpledge.

2016-2017 Rewind

Last year, at the formerly U-17/18 age group, the Crew vs. Crew series was split, as Wolves took the first matchup in October 3-1, while Crew Academy rebounded in May with a 1-0 win. In both games, the home team had the upper hand. At the formerly U-15/16 age group, Crew Academy earned a slight advantage in the series, defeating Wolves 1-0 in Michigan and following that up with a 1-1 draw in Columbus.

Last season, Crew Academy U-17/18 posted a 13-8-6 overall record, including a trip to June's U-17/18 Playoffs. At the club's U-15/16 age group, the team went 11-12-4 in their 27 games, and also advanced to the Academy Playoffs.

The Wolves from Wixom, Michigan managed to finish with a 17-8-3 record in their U-17/18 age group, while the U-15/16 team went 15-6-7. Both age groups advanced to the Academy Playoffs, where they posted undefeated 1-0-2 records.

Accustomed to the Spotlight

Both Crew SC clubs saw their fair share of the spotlight in 2016-2017.

In one of the first feature games of the 2016 Winter Showcase, the Wolves' U-15/16 squad saw a first-half penalty kick from U-16 U.S. Boys' National Team forward Giovanni Reyna lift New York City FC to a hard-fought 1-0 win. Later that day, Crew Academy's Kalen Nichols managed to get on the scoreboard of a 3-1 loss to Seattle Sounders U-15/16 team.

On the third and final day of the U-15/16 Academy Playoff games, the stage was set for the first featured game between FC Dallas and Wolves. Despite a win or go home situation for the Wolves, the contest ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Players to Watch For

Three players from Wolves earned top goal scoring marks in 2016-2017. From the U-15/16 team, midfielder Jack Beck and forward Derick Broche move up to the older age group squad after notching nine and 11 goals each, respectively, for the U-15/16 squad last season. The duo will link up with forward Farai Mutatu, who returns to the older age group Wolves team after netting 17 times during last season's campaign.

From the Columbus side of the Crew SC affiliation, forward Abdoulsalan Faqi and midfielder Colin Biros each found the back of the net 8 times for the U-15/16 Crew Academy team last season and will look to do more of the same in 2017-2018 as they move up the ranks to this year's U-18/19 team.

Keep an eye out on all five players to make an impact Saturday.