When Crew President Mark McCullers announced that the Columbus Crew and Heartland Bank had forged a partnership for the coming 2014 soccer season, he said in a club statement, “This partnership is a great opportunity for the Crew to support a like-minded and locally based community asset.” Like-minded? Heartland Bank thrives on building strong local relationships. That’s our middle name! And as the Crew heads into their 2014 home opener in mid-March, the club is cultivating relationships all over town to garner support for the 15 year old franchise. Locally based community asset? Heartland Bank has been in business since 1911 and with 11 locations in central Ohio, we’ve established a tradition of service to local communities. We proudly support worthwhile efforts of community organizations, educational systems and youth activities. As for the Crew, look no further for a community asset than Gahanna native, Homegrown Player, midfielder Wil Trapp!
Following in his grandfather’s footsteps as a professional soccer player, Wil has put together an enviable resume for a 21 year old – from his time on the pitch at Gahanna Lincoln High School, to the University of Akron and beginning with the 2013 season , with the Columbus Crew. Add international duty last season with the U.S. Men’s Under-20 National team, the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and training in Holland during December of 2013 and you’ve got one busy soccer player.
As a student in Gahanna, Wil was a two time high school All American and helped the Golden Lions clinch their first state championship in 2009. He was named the 2009 Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year and the 2010 National High School Player of the Year. The midfielder was the fifth ranked recruit in the country by both Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News. And in two successful seasons at the University of Akron, Wil was named a two-time All-MAC first team honoree and during his freshman year, was named the MAC Newcomer of the Year and top freshman in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Following those two seasons at Akron, Wil signed with the Crew as a Homegrown Player in December of 2012. He spent the first half of his rookie campaign away with the U.S. Under-20 National Team. Upon his return to Columbus, Wil spent time learning the speed and physicality of MLS play. The opportunity to observe from the sideline served as a learning experience. “Whenever you’re on the bench, you can see the guys playing ahead of you and notice their tendencies and the things they’re doing well, or not so well,” he said to TheCrew.com. You learn from that and it’s one of the few advantages of not playing.” However, after returning mid-season from international play with the U.S. Under-20 National team, and the experience that came from that competition, he started the remaining 16 matches for the Black & Gold.
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