I am very impressed by Wil Trapp's stature as the Team Captain for this years Columbus Crew SC. He is only 25 years old and speaks of himself and his teammates like he is an "old soul."
He was very poised and put together of course when he came in studio with us for our interview and right off the bat I had to address the elephant in the room.
How the players were reacting with the news of the ownership wanting to move the team to Austin, Texas. (As well as the recent news of the lawsuit from the Attorney General's office and the city, to not allow them to move based off the Art Modell law).
He did say that the team is aware of what's going on but they are trying to just stay focused as a team and keep on with their task of having a great season and working together as a club. The team is very young this year but what may be surprising to some is, a lot of the international players on the team don't understand what is going on about why it is such an issue for some fans and the city to move the club.
As Wil mentioned in the interview he is a Hometown boy and player which it means a lot to him to see the fans and the city care so much about them as a team and the passion that comes with being a Columbus Crew fan.
You can listen to our entire interview with him below:
A little bit about Wil Trapp:
-Every morning he does two crossword puzzles while having his coffee before games or practices (He told us that on the show and I got a kick out of it)
-He is 25 years old and graduated from Gahanna Lincoln High School in 2011
-He attended Akron University to play soccer where he was named MAC Newcomer of the Year and the top freshman in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
-He is the midfielder and Team Captain for the Columbus Crew SC
-He officially signed with The Crew before the 2013 season and started every regular season match in 2017
Wil Trapp is known as a "Homegrown Player" for The Columbus Crew SC.
By definition this means "a club may sign a player to a professional contract without subjecting him to the MLS SuperDraft if the player has been a member of a club’s youth academy for at least one year and has met the necessary training and retention requirements."
Trapp was a member of the Crew Soccer Academy when he was 16 years old and captained the U-16 and U-18 squads.
During this time he also helped Gahanna Lincoln High School win its first OHSAA Division I Championship in 2009.
You can read more about the moment he signed to be a Homegrown Player HERE