Editor’s note: As Massive Report expands its staff in the coming week, we will introduce each new member by having them write a little something about themselves to help the MR community get to know them. Who are they? What’s their soccer background? How long have they been a fan of the Crew? Whatever they want to share to introduce themselves to our great and loyal readers. Today is Mike Crosky, who will be helping us on the editorial side of things.
Being a soccer nerd through and through, and a born and bred central Ohioan, there is nary a more opportune time to be a resident of Columbus, Ohio than right now. The buzz around the city for the Crew is indistinguishably palpable. I would be extremely excited to be joining the talented fellas at Massive Report anytime, but especially now. My goal is to provide fans and readers a unique and educated take on all things Crew.
While the U.S. hosting World Cup in 1994 was the kindling that sparked my lifelong love affair with soccer, Columbus Crew SC was the gasoline that set it ablaze. My very first venture into journalism was actually with the Crew in 1998. As a 14-year-old, I won a contest to be the “Columbus Crew Reporter for a Day”. I had an all-access credential that allowed me on the field during pre-game warm ups, in the press box during the match and in the locker room to conduct post-game interviews. I interviewed the likes of former Crew greats, Brian McBride, Brian Maisonneuve, Thomas Dooley and Jurgen Sommer. An experience of a lifetime for a young Crew fanatic.
Beyond writing for my own personal soccer blog over the years, I most recently contributed for the now defunct Total MLS site, where I provided commentary on hot topics within the world of U.S. Soccer and interviewed notable members within the soccer community. Many moons ago, before their departure to Long Island, I was beat reporter of the Columbus Landsharks lacrosse team for CentralOhioSports.com. I was also previously a member of the sales & marketing teams within Major League Soccer for Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids.
Having played, scouted and coached the beautiful game in a variety of capacities over the past 25 years, soccer has been such an integral aspect of my personal and professional life. As I have transplanted from one city to the next over the last eight years, having lived in Colorado, California, Oregon, Idaho and even briefly in Sydney, Australia, I have met incredible people and formed irreplaceable bonds, all thanks to soccer. It is exhilarating to find myself back in the Buckeye State, bringing this soccer journey full- circle. I am thrilled to be able to spread the good word of Columbus Crew soccer to all of our Massive Report readers worldwide.
Random Mike Trivia...
- Favorite Crew player of all-time? Brian McBride
- Favorite venue in Major League Soccer? Providence Park
- MLS stadiums attended? 8 (9 if you count Chicago during a concert)
- Next venue on the bucket list? BMO Field (Toronto)