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Oct. 19, 2006

Levittown native Kotschau gets award


Levittown, L.I. native and Columbus Crew defender Ritchie Kotschau was named the Huntington man of the year by the Columbus Crew.

The award is presented to the player who embodies an exceptional sense of leadership, civic pride, family values and community service.

Kotschau, 30, in his first season with the Crew, appeared in 26 games, starting 23. The nine-year MLS veteran wore the captainís armband 17 times this season and recorded one goal and two assists. That goal was a game-winner.

The 5-10, 175-lb. Kotschau has appeared in 224 games, starting 202. His 224 games played ranks 22nd all-time in MLS history.

Kotschau and his wife, Meredith, had their first child, Reagan, on March 19, 2005.

Former MetroStars defender Ezra Hendrickson captured the Crew's coaches award.

Selected by the club's coaching staff, the award is presented to the player they considered to be the most coachable and to possess all of the characteristics of a true team player, including attitude and work ethic.

Hendrickson, a 10-year MLS veteran, was acquired by Columbus on April 28 and appeared in 24 matches, starting 20.

The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines international collected one goal and two assists this past season.

Hendrickson, who performed for a short time with the MetroStars in 1997, has played in 230 matches, which ranks tied for 17th all-time in MLS history.

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