9/21/16: Kei Returns

What do you think the reaction should be of Crew fans?

9/19/16: Crewture Thoughts vs. Orlando City

Ola is definitely our striker, Crew look better on turf, and the next few games.

9/22/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

FIFA 17 Crew SC Ratings, Bobby Rhine tribute, and more.

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Which stands for Crew and Culture, and follows Crew supporters culture. Created around the Nordecke creation and used to follow the rise of the new supporters section which is now 8 years old.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

9/25/16: The Hunt For A Green October

Going into today's circus maximus. I look at the playoff hunt since the point of the season the Crew decided we remembered how to win a game again.

Since that point..

Before that point we forgot for 10 games, so could say that's when the season started up again.

I'm of the thought currently one of New England, DC, Orlando is likely to end up ahead of us. They all have more points, one of the three is going to get it right.

My money is on DC. They only have one loss since week 23, they're hot right now or well warm out of all of these teams.

Of course, we must still beat them on Wednesday and luckily they're due for a loss in MLS you can't be good for too long schematics. But, they're my favorite to get the other playoff spot up for grabs between these 5 teams.

Don't fret though.

I believe in the last week of the season spot six in the Eastern Conference will be between one of these other clubs and a new player in the last spots, Montreal. Or possibly between the two teams you see today, Columbus and New England, as I think Le Impact may be Le Done.

Le Impact have a win, 2 ties, and 5 losses since Week 23. And a coach with no resume in Mauro Biello. I think the reality of that may be catching up to Montreal.

Biello finished his interim season at 7-2-2. But, the new face impact might have finally worn off.

They even recently lost 4-1 to Orlando, the same Orlando that us and DC beat 4-1 in the last two weeks. So thinking it's a tailspin.

Would've been helpful if we won some game on May 7th :thumbsdown:against them, lol. A game that has a bit to do with today.

Looking at this part of the season, DC United may have the best form, but New England has been red hot as of late to a much greater degree.

Winning in their last three. Beating Montreal, and beating tied for 1st in the East NYCFC and 2nd in the West Colorado. So today's a contest.

I think today decides which team will have a chance of overcoming Montreal in the final week, Columbus or Kei's New England.

If Columbus can get it done today and somehow get it done as well on Wednesday. With the same amount of games played as Montreal and still 1 less than NE and DC, they'll go into Game 31 with 35 points, to New England's 36, DC's 37, and Montreal's 38.

A game in hand with two spots up for grabs.

These next two games are make or break. The season quite literally.

If we win the point total in games 23-30 between these teams, and do similar 31-34 we'll be okay.

Friday, September 23, 2016

9/23/16: Two Kamara's & What To Watch For Sunday

Two Kamara's

Ola Kamara has 13 goals in 21 games. Whereas, Kei Kamara has 10 goals in 26 combined appearances for Columbus and New England this season.

Those statistics may sound much closer than they appear.

Ola has 740 less minutes on the field this season. That's over 8 games and a nice substitute appearance less than Kei.

And Ola still has three more goals.

My question is whether Ola harbors any ill thoughts to spending a good chunk of this season behind Kei.

Because with 740 more minutes on the field Ola is legitimately leading the Major League Soccer goal charts for the 2016 season.. A lot of if's go into that alternative universe, but I wouldn't bet against Ola being near 20 if he had 800 more minutes.

I'm sure he wouldn't mind that resume builder. He's near the top at goals per 90 minutes.

Ola is unlikely to catch Bradley-Wright Phillips at a monstrous 20 goals. But, if Ola's double salvo and assist against Orlando City gets him going again, he still has a fighting chance at spots 2 through 8.

If he had a full season only him and Bradley Wright Phillips are at a .75 goals per 90 minutes. Frank Lampard is the only one perhaps better, but debatable if Lampard had a full season in midfield one would think, a ridiculously impressive .86 currently.

Kei Kamara is at a unremarkable .39 this year. His .72 last year, Ola still perhaps tops. Hard to believe when you don't put wins with the goals.

So question...

Go back to around May 11th, Kei Kamara traded, but Gregg Berhalter says "I went to Sylvia Browne and she guaranteed to me that Ola Kamara will have 13 goals in the next 21 games."

Your thinking Playoffs!! Right?

I guarantee it Montel! That it might not happen!

Ok that wins at most random reference.

So What Can Solve This For Berhalter

Have this team win out and make the playoffs, simple.

I figure that's why he has until next year because currently he has the best possibility of making that happen. I mean he's been here before to slightly less extremes.

Berhalter's teams are profoundly bipolar with results season by season. 2015 MLS Cup Columbus started their first 15 games with 4 wins, 5 ties, and 6 losses. And won 7 out of their last 11 games.

Keep the same exact starting players AS THE LAST GAME, MAKE THE SAME SUBSTITUTIONS. 

Columbus hasn't got the formula right much this year so when you do, don't tinker. Berhalter tinkered after the win last time out against New England and it went not well at home against Philadelphia.

Don't let history repeat itself.

That's the Berhalter, Klinsmann types at moments. They think they can always come up with something even more groovy.

We won 4-1 far away from home in front of 30,000 fans. I think you found a winner.

Video: Kamara Showdown

Prediction: Columbus Crew 5 (Ola Kamara 28', Justin Meram 42', Ola Kamara 67', Justin Meram 81', Ethan Finlay 89'), New England 3 (Kei Kamara 7', Keylyn Rowe 48', Kei Kamara 74') I expect a crazy game with a crazy score line but Columbus gets it done for once when they need to at home.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

9/22/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are posts on twitter that are either interesting, fascinating, amusing, and transfer or Crew team related. Mainly of the soccer world. But, once in a while comedic or political. (Fun video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk).

Yeah feel that my man.

The pond pitch looks beautiful today.

Rando Major League Soccer traditions.

Smile bro.

Here's to more hopefully for Cameron Carter-Vickers


Crewture Random Spurious Clip of the Day:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

9/21/16: Kei Returns

Last time in Columbus was below...

It's like watching two parents divorce. Yeah not as terrible but if there was a soccer equivalent.

My luke warm take. Kei's team is about the only one that the Crew have an up on currently.

The last time the two met, Columbus defeated them with relative clean sheet ease 2-0 in New England.

The 2-0 win there and 4-1 win at Orlando City is starting to make one wonder if Columbus this year only resembles a capable soccer club on turf. But, versus Kei on FS1 is nice added motivation to bring in the fans and perhaps keep a winning streak going.

Columbus, one would think, can only say "hell no" to capitulating their last hopes of playoffs against Kei. One is hoping.

And Columbus is due for a winning streak as they've about used up their losses and ties for the next four seasons.

Anyways, what do you think the reaction should be of Crew fans? I think ambivalence, rather unconcerned ambivalence if at all possible. One can pretend.

I don't see Kei or well anyone as a focal point for Crew fan anger this season. Just think, in general, there's mad random confusion about who to be mad at.. Not over the Kei situation directly, but 2016 in general.

If Kei got stick from fans, think him and his teammates get going. If he's just ignored, I think that bothers him more. Think he relatively will be. But, have no idea until Sunday.

I'm glad this all happened last year. I'm glad Kei got another chapter in Columbus. 

I don't think his outburst towards HiguaΓ­n after a 4-1 lead turned into a 4-4 tie was completely incorrect. I don't think Federico was out of control wanting someone else to take it.

I just think Kei Kamara needed to bite his tongue or he's opening the door to leave. He didn't care to go, didn't bother him to leave during that moment...

By doing this he left it in Berhalter's hands and can't completely disagree with Gregg's choice. But, was it all needed, necessary? No and that starts with Kei.

But, I think everyone from 2015, everyone in the starting 11 including Kei, lacked the necessary desire in 2016.

Hoping that changes for all parties involved.. Hell including Kei.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

9/20/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are posts on twitter that are either interesting, fascinating, amusing, and transfer or Crew team related. Mainly of the soccer world. But, once in a while comedic or political. (Fun video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk).





I'll bet on Saeid.

Crewture Random Spurious Clip of the Day:

When you're blowing up something other than bubbles.

Monday, September 19, 2016

9/19/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are posts on twitter that are either interesting, fascinating, amusing, and transfer or Crew team related. Mainly of the soccer world. But, once in a while comedic or political. (Fun video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk).

Were on FS1 ah yeah drink here college kids! Whew hoo lol.


Hmm... Interesting. Question can you be a head coach at Werder and a US National assistant?

Well, looks like he's back to kicking ass at Borussia Dortmund.

So fricken cool from another black and gold team.

Crewture Random Spurious Clip of the Day:
I wonder how that worked out after they took her to the hospital after lol.

Good lord, what a dick.

9/19/16: Crewture Thoughts vs. Orlando City

I think were much improved on a quicker surface for whatever reason. Last two times we looked decent this season, or well better than decent, were on New England's and Orlando City's craptastic turf surfaces.

I rather have our beautiful grass than win games on a terrible surface at home. But, our possession goes faster on turf and is too much for other teams to handle on that surface for some reason.

Or rather it didn't hurt that Orlando City played a higher line as well. Perhaps the two combined.

What have you. 4-1 win on the road could've been easily 7-1, considering Duka and Jahn's baffling misses.

Next Two Games

We play New England on Sunday at the Fre and DC United at RFK in two Wednesday's.

Both are must wins. Every game left is. This team should be capable oddly, should be tired of the current to just do it. 

Defeating two teams we must jump to get to that sixth place spot would be well necessary, if the Crew still want to bother, not trying to just tease us with aberrations.

Were a bit due for a winning streak I think. Just saying.

Ola Is Our Striker

It's funny that you can come to a new team and score 11 goals in like 17 games and Adam Jahn could be pushing you for your spot.

I think Saturday can put that to bed. If you need a quick refresher.. Ola scored twice and started that off with a very unselfish assist to Ethan Finlay, when it would've been debatably as good to take it himself.

His second goal in the closing minutes of the game was such a smart finish (check out clip below).

And Jahn's wide open net steroid miss right before that was terrible (in clip as well). I think Jahn has been good usually when he has come in and has earned a run in this team as a 60th minute guy. But, Berhalter could be a little more patient with strikers, as he is with everyone else.

Ola is quality. Be happy, him and Naess are solid new additions to what has been a dismal season so far. Berhalter can at least take credit for that.

Sunday I Think Is A Solid Scenario

Big 4-1 win on the road. The last club we beat similarly on the road, we now play at home.

Getting one up on Kei Kamara can always be added motivation for this group.

Were on FS1, should be a very good crowd. If you're on national television, which never happens for us, should fill that stadium.

With how easily we beat them the last time at their field, should be oozing with confidence for once.

Should get a win in front of a packed Crew Stadium, a packed Nordecke. With two solid wins in a row by perhaps multiple goals we take that confidence to do the same right away at DC United on Wednesday.

Sounds good to me or at least probable/possible. With what I expected against Orlando City, a multiple goal defeat, lol probably means we'll lose.

But, would play the exact same lineup. When you win like that on the road, you don't change a thing. Let it continue.