Time to check on Will Hesmer, the goalkeeper for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.
A former Wilson Daily Times Athlete of the Year, Hesmer is tied for third among 15 MLS goalkeepers with at least 300 minutes played with a goals-against per-game average of 1.20. The league leader is the Chicago Fire's Jon Busch with a miniscule 0.67.
Hesmer has recorded three shutouts in 11 games and made 40 saves on 52 shots. This is his third season in the MLS and second with the Crew, but first as a full-time starter.
The Crew was cruising but have run into a mini-slump. Saturday night's 2-0 loss to San Jose was the second straight for Columbus, which is tied with Chicago for second place in the Eastern Division. With 23 points, New England holds a four-point lead on the Crew and the Fire.
Big games loom this week for Columbus, which visits Chicago on Tuesday and on Saturday is the guest of the Kansas City Wizards, Hesmer's former team. Then on Saturday, June 21, the Crew travels to Los Angeles to take on the Galaxy and David Beckham. Then back to Ohio for a meeting with Western Division leader Colorado on June 28.