Wilson native William Hesmer and the Columbus Crew will take on the Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer action tonight at 8 on ESPN. Hesmer, a former Hunt High School and Wake Forest University star as well as the 2000 Wilson Daily Times Athlete of the Year, is in his second season with Columbus after being traded by Kansas City in late 2006.
After a 7-1 start, Hesmer and the Crew have struggled going 4-5-3 and falling six points behind Eastern Conference leader New England Revolution. Hesmer was No. 4 in goals-against average during the quick start but has dropped to 10th among MLS goalkeepers.
Another Wilson soccer player, recent Fike High graduate Austen King, may be on ESPNU on Friday. King's Capital Area Soccer League '89 Elite are in the US Soccer Development Academy championships in Carson, Calif. King, unfortunately, has suffered an ankle injury and will likely be sidelined for Friday 3:30 p.m. match pitting CASL against FC Westchester in The Home Depot Center.
In the Academy Boys U17-18 championship at 8 p.m. Saturday in ESPN2, the Baltimore Bays take on Los Angeles Futbol Club.