Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's for 8/18..

Forbes now ranking MLS fans, Dwyer may be out as well, Sigi's LA

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's for 8/17..

Kamara contract talks, Meram to make Iraq return, Steve says "yes" to DC

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's for 8/18.. Forbes now ranking MLS fans, Dwyer may be out as well, Sigi's LA

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.

Crew fans not included in best MLS fan ranking

It may not be a huge surprise, according to Forbes, were one of the least valuable clubs.

But then Forbes ranked the league's best fans as well.

Based on four quantitative fan consumption metrics: attendance figures for the last two full seasons, television ratings for last season and season-to-date, latest merchandise sales – all provided by MLS – and social media followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

All of that data wasn't placed in a nice chart or excel spreedsheet.

Therefore, Forbes may have just turned on a TV, saw who was on ESPN the most, and who has the highest attendance.

In addition, (along with Chicago, D.C. United, and Houston) were not even included in the overall ranking as it appears Forbes just quit after the first 10 clubs?

However, would put us, Chicago, D.C. United, and Houston easily above #9 New England. 

And LA Galaxy at #3 is questionable.

May be one of the most valuable clubs but best fans? 

If you expected a new stadium announcement to help things out with such rankings seems to be a few moons away.  Link.

"We're going to have to be patient as we continue to organize all of the thoughts and options that we have in front of us," said Crew SC President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane.

Here's what I think about being ranked after The Midnight Riders, LA, Philadelphia, NYRB, and NYCFC. πŸ˜‚ Stick to money Forbes.

Dom Dwyer may join Kaka on the unplayable list for Saturday

Dom Dwyer has been fitted for a face mask and may join Kaka in a spectator role against Crew SC Saturday. Link. 

Which could be major problems for OCSC since they have to win to keep playoff hopes alive.

Columbus must look at Saturday as a must win as well. Crew SC hasn't done well in these six point swing situations. Putting a major dent in one of the teams closest behind could be a major boost; as why let them live for another day?

OCSC has other options without Kaka. Link. But, add Dwyer into that and may become a serious advantage for a Crew SC who haven't been good on the road (3-9-1). 

If Columbus could have a solid road performance and win, their next 5 out of 6 after are all at home.

There is nevertheless one Crew player who wishes at least that Kaka was playing. 

"I feel sad because always you want to play against the best players, but also it's good for us because he's a good player on the other team," Artur said. "He's a legend in Sao Paulo. All the fans like him. Everybody knows what he did and what he can do." Link.

Artur will get one more chance on October 15th away again at Orlando City. I hope that competition happens in midfield then.

If Kaka somehow misses that match too Artur will just have to join us for next year. πŸ˜‰

Could get streak started off well against struggling opponents

Orlando City hasn't won in five games, the Crew follow that up with the LA Galaxy who haven't won in eight!

Good chance at a nice road win. Followed up by a good opponent to start five out of six at home against. 

Former Crew manager Sigi Schmid is hoping that a nice respite will solve things for the LA Galaxy. Link.

Whereas, the Crew could end the 2017 season for two opponents in a row if those seasons haven't already ended.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's for 8/17.. Kamara contract talks, Meram to make Iraq return, Steve says "yes" to DC

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.

Kamara contract talks stall

Ola Kamara is in the second season of a four year deal.

But one source said that there were multiple offers from foreign teams during the just concluded summer transfer window, and that Kamara will explore moves away from MLS after the conclusion of the current season. Link

Kamara's goals per 90 is down from a scintillating 0.77 last season to 0.52 this season. He missed a great chance against RSL (yet scored two) and San Jose which could've led to a win and a tie on the road.

So, there's things to question on both sides until December perhaps.

But, regardless if Columbus is unwilling to pay an excellent DP contract considering 28 goals in 50 games they're crazy.

But, perhaps the offer Kamara is considering is too high? Or he just wants to attempt a greater level?
Regardless, he's still under contract for another two seasons. So, if someone wants to buy overseas will have to be a very attractive offer.

Currently it's August. No transfer talks can occur until December.

There's plenty of time.

Would be more surprised if there weren't a few stalls. Big decisions for Kamara and Crew SC.

In addition, Ola's 27.
Strikers are said to peak, hit their prime at 28.

So, if Ola Kamara just wants to move on and try his one chance at a top Premier level league if that offers comes in can anyone blame that?

I just wish these talks could stay in the background until we conclude the current season were in.

Meram called up for Iraq qualifiers.

Steve says "yes" to DC.

And I say "Yuck bro."

But got to do what you got to do when your out of Denmark after a half season.

Which I guess entails being Bill Hamid's backup. 
Wish him the best. Not sure what his road will be to become a starter again somewhere but confident he'll do the work to try.

Zack Steffen has made about no one long for Clark. But, appreciate his work while here. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's for 8/15.. Acura tour, Abubukar, Braga sells a second captain in a week.

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.

Good game Acura

Crew SC toured the Acura team today in their plant in Marysville, Ohio.

Abubukar gets recognized with MLS Team of the Week honors.

Columbus Crew defender Lalas Abubakar expressed his gratitude to his teammates after his MLS Team of the Week nomination.

He tweeted after hearing of award: ''Glory be to the Almighty AllahπŸ™ and a shout out to my Teammates as well.''

Braga sells a second captain in a week

Rui Fonte will be the second captain that Braga coach Abel Ferreira will lose in the space of a week. 

The coach has already sent Pedro Santos, former captain, to the Columbus Crew of MLS.

Fonte will move to Fulham for $9.1 million. Pedro Santos moved to Crew SC for $2.4 million.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Nope. You Were Thoroughly Dominated Chicago

Crewture Post Game Report 

"I think we just killed ourselves today," Chicago's manager Veljko Paunovic said.
"We conceded a number of things, we made mistakes and the adjustments we made were not good enough. I think in the second half, despite a moment we controlled the game. A team like Columbus will always make you pay for those mistakes." 
Don't think Chicago ever controlled the game. 
Artur had a moment 1:37 in below video and Meram had one as well 5:55 that should've been converted. Score could have been 5-1 easily.

"I think without undercutting Columbus, today we definitely lost the game."

Because they were bad and Columbus were thoroughly better.

The only other good opportunity Chicago had was de Leeuw again at 6:09.

The next best opportunities were with Manneh at 3:21 and Kamara at 5:46.

Was a wonderful result that was needed as Columbus were without their most vocal points as of late, missing two key players.

Federico Higuain was out perhaps for the final time as he was listed as questionable but did not play a role.

However, who knows if he will anytime soon as does the 3-4-2-1 work with an attacking central midfielder?

Think Crew SC have been better overall in this formation. Do you change the formation back for Federico Higuain?

Also, Pedro Santos doesn't have his green card yet.

However, Manneh went from his worst performance last game to his best this game.

Do the Crew bring Santos in more slowly then?

I think for the money they spent and the fan eagerness Santos is in the next game if he is eligible.

Nevertheless, is a good thing for Kekuta's confidence.

Same with Artur who had one of his best performances as well.

Artur has never been bad. But, sort of tapered off in the wow factor in the previous 2 to 3 games.

Perhaps we can thank his brother for coming to town.

Think I read that Artur's brother is staying for the rest of the season.

Everyone seemed to play well. Mensah had another good performance with Lalas Abubukar. Waylon Francis looked like Waylon Francis of old with his beautiful assist to Justin Meram.

A good team confidence builder going into a stretch of the next 5 out of 7 being at home.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Crewture 90 in 10: Game 25 vs. Chicago Fire

Friday, August 11, 2017

Player that has trained with Barcelona attempts to get in contact with Crew SC

Mounir with Andres Iniesta

23 year old Mounir Bourayou from this article hit up a Crew fan on Instagram (columbus.96) last week attempting to receive a shot.

Since we have an extra international spot now. Give him a trial? πŸ˜…

After the Barcelona trip, don't see name much. Last played for Club Xativa in 3rd Division of Spain. 

Who is the extra international roster spot for? Rodrigo Saravia? Someone else?

Speaking of Rodrigo Saravia could it be for him?

Playing in Europe was always my dream and I reached it. It has been a difficult year, I will not lie to you about certain things that have happened but I think I have been able to manage them in the best way. In the United States, you live very comfortably, you don´t realize all the facilities that you have living there, and in Guatemala it is a different theme for what I mentioned before, living with my family and being able to see them every day is priceless. The good thing about living outside is that you learn to appreciate many more things in life.

Columbus will not be acquiring anyone from the allocation list. 

Or of course any other transfers from another international opponent. Transfer window is closed.

The only other option is for that 11th spot to be filled by an international free agent or an international loaned player before September 15th.

Or by recalling Saravia.

Why pick up one more international spot this season if something wasn't planned?

Saravia started and played 73 minutes for IK Frej in a 3-2 loss on Wednesday. 

Before that the last time he played was 28 minutes as a substitute, 3 games prior on July 23rd.

He has four appearances for Frej out of their 18 games, after being out for 2 months with a metatarsal injury. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

GSH's for 8/10..

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.

International roster spots for dayyyysss

So, in a international player sense we can now have Cristian Martinez, Lalas Abubukar, Pedro Santos, and everyone else in a Crew uniform plus one.


Nemeth is Black & Gold for a minute

I will theoretically hold a more majestic yellow clad jersey in my mind for around a hour.

So Crew SC selected Nemeth with the allocation spot and then traded him to New England yesterday.

Ok then
So ok were set to dominate next year again right?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Most exciting scenario? GSH's for 8/9..

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.

Most exciting scenario?
I think a second striker that could score often could have helped put Crew SC over the line the rest of the season.

If Nemeth is that why not take him? 

Instead we will take New England's allocation spot right behind us. To stay #1 in the allocation order after the Nemeth deal.

More importantly will gain $350,000.

Ok great.

But the allocation spot now is like having a trip to a magical land of fairies and unicorns; as does not matter since the transfer season is over the rest of the year.

Some money is never a bad thing.  Unless a club doesn't use the money well.

Which is up for some debate the last time we received money from New England.

We somehow still have a way to let New England do their deal first today.

We still somehow stayed number one.

Got Aron Johannsson somehow after. πŸ˜…

Will not happen unless you awoke in Crew heaven. 

However, could be genius if anyone on that list is available as a free agent, loanee?

Regardless, I don't think it's been bad business today. I'll just hold out my "holy cow" praise for a bit. 

The biggest news of the day

I love Finlay for his effort over the years, he's done some great work for Crew SC since he began in 2012.


But was unaware of the supreme totality of the Crew fan love for him until today.

A bit odd since no Crew fan really would like him at RM anymore.

But, of course wish Finlay the best with Minnesota and think especially since it's his home state is the place for him.

In addition, hopefully we do something with the $650,000 k we received today for uh the next two years.

Wouldn't be a bad way to honor. We'll see.

Ethan Finlay transferred to Minnesota for $425,000 over 2 years.

To the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio, thank you! I have made this place my home over the last 6 years. I didn't realize how lucky I was when I drove into this city January '12. The community has accepted me as one of their own and I am forever grateful for that. To the Columbus Crew SC supporters, thank you! I knew little about your rich tradition as my name was called 10th overall in 2012. It didn't take me long to learn and feel the passion and pride so many of you have for this club. Through each interaction with you I hope I was respectful, kind, and made you proud. Thanks again for your unconditional support! To my teammates, coaches, and support staff, thank you! I wouldn't be the player or man I am today without each and every one of you. My motivation was fostered by the people surrounding me. The relationships I have built on and off the field are so special to me, and that is what makes leaving the hardest part. I wish you all nothing but success in the future. I love this Club dearly. I will cherish the memories and will always carry them with me, but this new chapter is exciting. I am reinvigorated and ready for what lies ahead. Sincerely, Ethan Finlay

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23 Becomes 32

Sporting KC Will Not Meet Crew SC Asking Price For Allocation Spot.

So, it seems Sporting KC may have to wait until the winter window to try to have Krisztian Nemeth return. 

Will see how Sporting KC feels by the end of the day. Has to happen today to happen in this window. 

Regardless, good on Crew SC if the asking price is too high. The Crew should set it high and not just give up the top allocation spot.

Let SKC be not so dangerous for the rest of this season if they're unwilling to pay.

Link to Kansas City Star story and reprint in Hungary

I'm expecting there's a 80% chance that this is what Berhalter was alluding to yesterday when he said "something else may happen." 

I give Aron Johannsson about a 1%.

19% to something else unexpected.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

GSH's for 8/8.. Santos in. Finlay to Minnesota. Perhaps more to come?

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.

Finlay on way out to Minnesota

I think it's best for him and for Crew SC.

Credit to Crew SC for the amount of time they allotted for the 2015 Ethan performance to occur again. 

Just sometimes isn't happening here and not meant to happen here again. 

Nice for him to get back to his home area (from Duluth, Minnesota). I wish him great success.

Pedro mania

Well done today by Crew media. 

Not over yet?
Aron Johannsson may cost less than Santos. Just saying. πŸ˜‰

"The Will of The Player."

Braga starts their Portuguese season today against Benfica without a key component.

One Pedro Santos who is now a Columbus Crew SC player.

Nevertheless, Braga manager Abel Ferreira said he knew last year that the player was planning to depart.

On the departure of Pedro Santos, Sporting Braga's Ferreira stated we "have the resources to suppress any absence or sale." Link.

"We have players in the squad that can play several positions, which I like a lot. It was not news for me the departure of Pedro Santos, it was the will of the player, I had already said it last season. Of our captains, but opens up an opportunity for the next 'warrior'," he said.