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Young Trapp Shines

COLUMBUS, Oh (HB) - It didn't take long. In the short time since joining his hometown M.L.S. team the Columbus Crew just last year, Gahanna native Wil Trapp has made his mark with many respected league watchers around the country.

1976 Dispatch Sports Page with a new photo, story 'shopped in
1976 Dispatch Sports Page with a new photo, story 'shopped in

It's odd to think about but in under a year Wil Trapp has played three different coaches and two different ownership groups. So, even with the recognition he has received locally and at MLSsoccer.com, it is possible that these events have overshadowed what Wil Trapp has been able to do in a short time with the Columbus Crew.

Wil Trapp has just turned 21 years old but is already among league leaders in many key performance measurements.

Over the years I'm use to most Crew players dropping out of most statistical categories as the season marches forward, it's the way things go. Fast starts, early goals, a two assist game! ... and so on. But even after a half season last year and seven games in 2014 Trapp is still falling in the top quarter of all MLS players -- notably among league leaders in passing % (5th), all the while making the most passes per game overall.

He also falls in the top five in tackles per game, even top 50 in interceptions. He's popping up everywhere, really. The list goes on and it isn't going completely unnoticed outside Columbus. A few weeks ago he caught the eye of Alex Olshansky (Tempo-Free Soccer), whose analysis is well worth the time (here).

On top of that, earlier this week I looked up some player ratings across the league and found Trapp ranked second on the Crew, only behind Designated Player Federico Higuain.

MEDIAN

NAME

WHOSCORED

CASTROL

HELLTOWN

20

Federico Higuaín

43

20

9

62

Wil Trapp

44

108

62

87

Michael Parkhurst

78

97

87

99

Steve Clark

146

23

99

100

Giancarlo Gonzalez

24

147

100

133

Waylon Francis

86

194

133

159

Tony Tchani

135

161

159

160

Josh Williams

160

188

135

160

Bernardo Anor

184

77

160

161

Jairo Arrieta

230

93

161

168

Héctor Jiménez

168

177

43

213

Justin Meram

213

295

212

241

Dominic Oduro

308

241

163

312

Ethan Finlay

323

286

312

339

Chad Barson

325

366

339

346

Tyson Wahl

355

346

332

359

Adam Bedell

359

375

334

LEADERSHIP

Before the season started, new head man Gregg Berhalter surprised a few people when he named Trapp Team Captain of a preseason match. Berhalter is no stranger to the highest levels of the sport in the US, nor is leadership a foreign concept to him.

"In terms of guys I’m looking to for leadership, he’s clearly a guy I’m looking at," Berhalter said. "He can go as far (professionally) as he can take it. He’s a very good player. There’s no limit to what he can do." (Columbus Dispatch, Tuesday February 25, 2014)

Berhalter has since assigned the role of "vice-captain" to Trapp for each game this year behind regular team captain Michael Parkhurst.

NEWS(PAPER)

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FULL FRONT PAGE (WITH TRAPP EDIT) FROM NOV. 3, 1976

The Trapp story replaced a story on Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones who decided he need to be paid more. Yes, current Dispatch readers, that is the same Bob Hunter with a piece in the bottom left (just 38 years younger).

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MORE, HOW THIS HAPPENED...

Picked up a few old newspapers from a former Columbus Dispatch employee here in German Village not too long back. I used a paper from 1976 as template for Trapp's story but here is some ads from The Columbus Evening Dispatch in 1968. Yellow Submarine, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, McQueen's Bullitt, West Side Story, Andy Warhol's "I A, Man"? I'll take it.

As time passes the way news is distributed changes. Same with sports. Whatever the medium, each holds something different to each generation... but goddamnit. There's something about print.

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