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Which stands for Crew and Culture, and follows Crew supporter culture. Created around the Nordecke creation and used to follow the rise of the supporters section which is now 10 years old.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CREWTURE GAME PREVIEW vs. Portland Timbers: Equivalent Paths

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Columbus Crew (12-8-8) - 44 points- Fourth place in the East @ Portland Timbers (12-8-8) - 44 points- Sixth place in the West

The Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers come into their 29th contest of the 2018 season with the exact same record.

The two clubs even somehow have identical home and away records.

Their equivalent paths do not end there.

Portland nevertheless is in more of a must win scenario Wednesday.

Vancouver is only four points back of grabbing sixth place from the Timbers.

Interestingly enough the fight for the final two spots in the West could be a Cascadia battle between Portland (44 points), Seattle (44 points), and Vancouver (40 points).

In contrast, Columbus finds themselves nine points ahead of seventh place DC United.

However, with a Wayne Rooney led DC United 5-2-2 in their last nine contests and undefeated so far in September Columbus may not want to catch NYCFC's third place position. 

The third place finisher in the East will likely play DC.

I say bring it on. You have to try to finish as high up as you can.

Crewture's projected Crew lineup:

Columbus (4-1-2) in their last seven contests finds themselves improving when they need to improve. Berhalter can get a team trucking at the end of a season when there's a reason to.

Other than giving US National Team captain Wil Trapp a 73 minute breather, Columbus has started this lineup the last two games.

Portland Timbers projected lineup:

There hasn't been a ton of fluctuation in the Timbers starting lineup at this part of the season. 

But, I'm guessing Portland will likely go for the lineup that led to a 2-0 win over Colorado on 9/8, compared to the one that led to a 4-1 shellacking at the hands of Houston on 9/15.

Basically Polo back in for Paredes. 

PREDICTION: 2-1 Columbus. Columbus has the better team, if they go at it correctly see a surprise on the road to begin a diverging path. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

What if? Something all MLS fans should consider.

This team has been my heart, passion, and soul since 2006. At the age of twenty.

The only thing that kept me going after my dad passed away in July 2008 was the 2008 MLS Cup run.

I can count a few times in the Nordecke as my happiest times. 

Hell even came up with the Nordecke name; that MLS was so beyond kind to trademark.

Since January 2008, I've probably spent countless hours writing on here and making videos.

Therefore, as I'm sure it has been for all Crew fans, this last year has been personally grating torture.

It can just as easily be any MLS fans.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 8/24/18

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 8/24/18: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 8/24/18. 

Well Columbus can't sustain things? Have you looked elsewhere Don Garber?

Houston, Chicago (example below from tonight and well every night), New England, New York Red Bull, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, D.C. United have similar or worse attendance if Crew fans are not put through the melee they have been put through this year. 

What are your solutions there Don Garber?

Or as long as it's not Columbus, Ohio doesn't matter?

For Don somehow these other teams are more viable in some twenty year plan although they have been worse attendance wise a good time or two (or five). 

Or they just have a NFL owner that he really wants since MLS is NFL Jr. (New England's only reason they are still in this league).

But I haven't seen a Crew game this year even this badly attended.

Sure it still counted as 15,000 somehow.

Nice one Sebas

If I go in a time machine was a freshman midfielder at Westminster College in Western Pennsylvania in 2004 and Sebastian Salazar, now a soccer analyst on television, was a senior and one of the star players in midfield.

He hits this on the head.

Under the scenes with everything else occurring

I bet the Crognale disappearance this season would be more of an issue if the above wasn't occurring. 

Just a question... How many goals does Alex Crognale have to score from defense with Orange County this year to get a long term call up back with the Crew?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 8/23/18

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 8/23: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 8/23. 

Grow a legend.. LET'S PLAY.. How disrespectful can you get?

Columbus fans put up a tree tifo saying to "Respect your roots" last playoffs when this to Austin turd was fresh off the presses. Austin makes a logo a year later with a tree and says "Grow the legend."

Let me just puke in my mouth. 

Did Columbus and its fans do something to you Precourt that you haven't deserved? 

Real meanings if you care.

Because MLS sure as fuck couldn't.

Broccoli boys unite

Image of the day:

All you can do is pray or start crying every time Weezer's Africa is on the radio or Can't Help Falling In Love is in the one wedding scene of Crazy Rich Asians. Hey got dragged to it. 😂

Nevertheless get emotional every time I randomly hear either song and hear them all the time now.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 8/22/18

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 8/22: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 8/22. 

Alejandro Moreno talks, listen

Alejandro Moreno hits it on the head on the Columbus vs. Austin story, it was never parallel paths but parallel realities. 

Yet regardless of how bad or worse things can always seem...

Our fans sometimes startle me with the optimism 

Regardless Crew fans can't help to pluck some optimism out of a black hole of shit.

As this post led to the most optimistic replies EVER.

Or I would just take that meeting as an effort not to freak out current employees for the time being.

But hey those ideas seem more fun so with you all on that.

But.. but still nothing can go right in Precourt world regardless

Image of the day:
#SaveTheCrew scarf shows up everywhere. Someone should do a map of everywhere that the scarf has shown up at.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mark Wahlberg to help buy the Crew?

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Mark Wahlberg was in Columbus, Ohio yesterday visiting his car dealership Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet

And then the Columbus Crew came up and it wasn't really brushed to the side.

A Wahlburgers is about two miles down the road from my current location (right off McKnight Road) in Pittsburgh, PA

If Wahlberg bought the Crew would go there every day. 

If anyone not named Anthony Precourt owned the Crew, whatever they were into, sewing machines even, I would buy.

Would attempt to eat burgers there until I turned into a burger. Doesn't hurt that I already like it.

Also, Wahlberg said Wahlburgers would be coming to Columbus, Ohio shortly.

The whole thing was probably just a nice response and alright.

Anything fun, interesting before this stadium vote (volume two) Wednesday in Austin is okay.

Anything could happen. 

But, I'm not a person that expects the best usually.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Justin Meram returns to the Columbus Crew

Well that took a minute. After a half season away with Orlando City J9 returns to Columbus, Ohio

Justin Meram is the one part that the 2018 Columbus Crew are missing.

The current Crew has defense (a position Columbus has always struggled on with Meram), they have a goalkeeper, they have defensive midfielders, they have attacking midfielders, and a striker.

But, Columbus has been suffering on both wings in midfield after Justin Meram left.

How does Gregg Berhalter resolve this before the transfer deadline? Berhalter decides to solve the loss of Justin Meram, by bringing Justin Meram back. 

Obviously Meram felt the grass wasn't exactly greener on the other side either.

Justin Meram has 37 goals and 33 assists with the Columbus Crew from 2011 to 2017.

Wouldn't bet on it taking long for him to add to that tally. 

Many more memories to come.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Global sports celebrities don the #SaveTheCrew scarf

In one week the following sports celebrities sported a #SaveTheCrew scarf.

Two time UEFA Champions League runner-up and one of the most well-known and respected managers around the world. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

250 appearances for Manchester United, followed up by nearly 250 appearances for Everton, and 59 appearances for England. English women's head coach Phil Neville

Columbus, Ohio native and IndyCar Series race car driver Graham Rahal

Who even made #SaveTheCrew a race sponsor.

#SaveTheCrew sponsorship seems to be a popular choice. 
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Imagine what could be done if you would ever consider hiring some of your fans.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Why $3.9 million for Zack Steffen is not enough for the Columbus Crew to say "yes" currently.

The Bristol Post highlighted the rationale here for why the Columbus Crew didn't accept the $3.9 million offer for Zack Steffen yesterday from Bristol City.

They highlight The Massive Report's rationalization: "With the way MLS transfer rules work, Crew SC would only keep 75 percent of the transfer fee for Steffen, or in this case $2.9 million. Of that, head coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter can use roughly $750,000 as General Allocation Money and the remaining money can be used for investment in the club (towards a Designated Player or to improve training facilities, for example).

"Unless Berhalter and his staff believe Kempin is the present and second-year goalkeeper Logan Ketterer or rookie Ben Lundgaard are the future of the club, that would mean going out and signing another keeper in the near future. It would also mean that the rest of the money for the club would have to actually be reinvested, which — given the current possibility of relocation — seems unlikely."

Therefore, because of Major League Soccer's Godfather system where Major League Soccer/Don Garber (fittingly @thesoccerdon on twitter) gets a little of everything that is one main reason why the Columbus Crew and Sporting Director/Manager Gregg Berhalter couldn't say "yes."

Berhalter tries to do what is best for Crew players, even when it's difficult for Columbus, most of the time (see Justin Meram or Ola Kamara in recent history); yet there is no reason a bidding war for US soccer's next big keeper would be a bad thing for the Columbus Crew and even Zack Steffen. 

If $3.9 million is acceptable, there is no reason why $7.8 million couldn't be more acceptable.

Columbus went back to the drawing board multiple times themselves in their own offers for Milton Valenzuela and for others that didn't occur such as Jhon Murillo, Lucas Gamba.

Bristol City, who currently has Max O'Leary (who was on loan as keeper at Solihull Moors in the English 5th Division last season) and Frank Fielding (currently injured and who isn't likely a number one that can propel them to Premier League level anyways) probably foresaw a first offer being rejected. 

Bristol City also has Niki Maenpaa, but the 33 year old Finnish keeper has only made 11 appearances with the club since 2015.

With two weeks until their English Championship season begins the Robins therefore may have a second offer for Zack Steffen in them.

However, even if Bristol City does gain Steffen's signature eventually, the club may still have to loan Zack to Columbus for the rest of the 2018 season (or loan him somewhere else) until they can gain a work permit for him.

More here on the work permit issues from Vital Football Bristol City.

Nevertheless, I'm guessing the Robins have completed their hedonistic calculus before making any offer to the Crew.

Bristol City likely doesn't figure it will be complicated to eventually win an appeal on a work permit for Steffen as the Crew keeper appears on track to be the sole benefactor, participant in the majority of goalkeeper caps for the United States in the next two years.

I doubt likely works for the English courts though, but who knows.

Regardless of what Bristol City does... I'm beginning to think Berhalter foreseen this in his looking glass in the future.

As was personally a bit perplexed on draft day when Columbus selected Ben Lundgaard as our third goalkeeper behind Zack Steffen.

Was in the building and thought "why? what's the point of that as a number one pick?" as no one is starting over Steffen.

Lundgaard was a nice guy though.

Well now makes a bit more sense.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Patrick Mullins bolsters Columbus Crew forward line.

With Wayne Rooney and Darren Mattocks now in the D.C. United forward line, United had limited appearance time left for Patrick Mullins.

As a result Columbus came in today with $150,000 targeted allocation money to acquire Patrick Mullins to hopefully improve their attacking options. 

In addition, Mullins will notice a few friendly faces in Columbus.

He'll join former Maryland college teammates Zack Steffen and Alex Crognale on the Columbus Crew.

Prior to this latest chapter commencing, Mullins had 13 goals for United in 44 appearances. 

In a heartfelt message, D.C. general manager Dave Kasper commented that trading Mullins "will provide us with assets and flexibility for future moves. We wish Mullins the best in Columbus and thank him for his service to the club."

Columbus has to be a bit more creative compared to about every other team as they're never bringing in a Wayne Rooney.

Therefore, improve where you can improve. 

For one, Mullins is a two time Hermann Trophy winner for best collegiate player. That doesn't just happen for being okay.

For two, Mullins 23 goals in 96 overall MLS appearances is good for about a goal every fourth appearance.

For three, sometimes he could pull off some gaga stuff. 

Whereas, the Crew's current second striker Adam Jahn's 12 in 103 is good for a goal every eighth or ninth appearance.

So a second option that may score in general would be nice. 

Further, for the most part, Gregg Berhalter has luck rehabilitating or putting strikers careers in extra boost mode in Columbus. 

"Patrick is a proven goalscorer who is dangerous inside the box and has a solid track record in MLS in his first five seasons," said Berhalter.

That track record may get even more solid under Berhalter.

Berhalter has three options for Mullins:

1.) Second striker, late substitute for Zardes. Boring

2.) Switch to two strikers to see if it bolsters what has been a weak attack. But we never change how we play even if it means we will never win anything.

3.) If Zardes is okay with it try him back on a wing and put Mullins up top as Mullins and Zardes on the field is better than Zardes with Argudo or Martinez. Could be onto something if Zardes believes he can score on the wing, be as useful there too. Good luck.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Was refereeing substandard and slanted in Columbus loss in LA?

The central referee for the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Columbus Crew match was supposed to be Hilaro Grajeda. Link.

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Instead the Columbus Crew on Saturday received 30 year old Joseph Dickerson making his debut at center ref.

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In parts, the debut was a bit of a head scratcher.

Regardless, Columbus should've played better and put the game away well before LA's goal and the VAR overturn.

Columbus needs to pick four every day starters in defense and just go with them. 

Perhaps the same at other positions, as I think the by committee method is perhaps why Berhalter teams haven't broken through.

Should know your best eleven by this point in the MLS season.

But, at the very least Zlatan Ibrahimovic should've received a yellow on his retaliation hit on Lalas Abubukar.

And it just gets more questionable from there.

Easy to blame it all on the referee though. 

Columbus should be at a point in these games where they don't have to depend on referee calls and no calls. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

GAME PREVIEW: Who can reach higher heights after their former Major League Soccer career club.

Columbus Crew (8-5-6) - 30 points- Fourth place in the East @ LA Galaxy (6-7-4) - 22 points- Eighth place in the West

For over five years, his entire pro career prior to coming to Columbus, Gyasi Zardes was a LA Galaxy player. For 1,857 days.

Zardes was signed by LA on December 20th, 2012 and left on January 20th, 2018.

In comparison, Ola Kamara's span with Columbus doesn't reach half of that.

Ola was black and gold from February 4th, 2016 to January 20th, 2018 or 716 days.

What I find particularly interesting are both strikers with and without Berhalter.

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Ola Kamara: 34 goals in 59 games 

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Gyasi Zardes: 11 goals in 19 games

And without 3G's magic touch...

Ola Kamara: 70 goals in 208 games

Gyasi Zardes: 34 goals in 131 games some at fullback. 

I think both strikers will have something to prove on Saturday.

For Ola, that he can do this at other places than Columbus. 

For Gyasi, that LA made a huge mistake in utilizing him. 

Crewture's projected Crew lineup:

Just let Federico stay home and rest on Saturday.

Especially if Sosa has a few more goals in him, see where that streak goes.

In general would keep the roster about the same, see if roster familarity for once can get some wins going again.

With Steffen out again lets hope Kempin gets motivated as well against his former team.

Would give Ketterer a chance or two but that's just me.

A win in LA on Saturday would convince me otherwise.

LA Galaxy projected lineup:

Ola Kamara is questionable with a calf injury.. 

Yet feel like Kamara will find a way to get on the field against his former club.

I think LA will shoot for a lineup somewhat like this.

It's funny that LA utilized Gyasi as a fullback and now utilizes Ola as a midfielder.

PREDICTION: 2-1 Columbus. Brace by Zardes, Ibrahimovic on the other end.

Friday, June 22, 2018

In any Columbus Crew locker room, Tyson Wahl's opinion is a very small one.

At the start of the season, former Crew players Alejandro Moreno, Gino Padula, Andy Greunebaum, Steven Lenhart, Jason Garey, Dante Washington, and Andy Iro came back to share pro-SaveTheCrew opinions.

So it was strange when a week ago one former Columbus Crew player went way off the wall. 

As center back Tyson Wahl now lives in Austin, Texas and apparently supports Precourt Sports Ventures moving the Columbus Crew to Austin and McKalla place.

“I have super fond memories of my time in Columbus. I had a great time there and I loved playing for that team. I really enjoyed my four years there. I think the [#SavetheCrew campaign] is the natural thing that a group of fans would do in this scenario. I follow the Crew closely. I support the team and those players…I wish them all good luck, as I do many players across the league.” 

Cool. 🙄
“Obviously, I’ve been following this season. I’ve been following the story the whole time. I know there would be a group of fans that wouldn’t be too happy to see that,” Wahl said, “I just think that Austin is a great city and MLS can do very well in this city. With other clubs around the country right now, like the Atlantas and the Orlandos, doing so well in their cities, the standard has really risen. Austin can have that type of support.”

On a short list of not the best Crew center backs, I guess Wahl wasn't too worried about keeping up his image in Columbus.

Nevertheless, one lackey aside when the #SaveTheCrew Battle For Columbus Documentary came out in Columbus to start the season several former Crew players were there sharing better opinions.
Made a following new video with #SaveTheCrew commentary from Gino Padula and Steven Lenhart.

Nearly all former Crew players thoughts from that night.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Venezuelan Jhon Murillo back in as a Crew target?

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For the second Summer in a row it appears likely that the 22-year-old Venezuelan Jhon Murillo is again a Crew target. A Bola link and ZeroZero.pt link.

The Columbus Crew offered Benfica $2.5 million to $3.1 million for the striker/winger last July. LINK.

The first reports came across on July 5th, 2017 (LINK). Columbus wanted to buy Murillo outright whereas Benfica wanted to just put the talent on loan. 

The two clubs went back and forth most of July 2017 before Benfica loaned Murillo to Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa on July 29th, 2017. 

Benfica wanted more for a full on transfer. 

Murillo made 25 appearances and scored 5 goals for Kasimpasa since then but returns to Benfica still not a part of their plans.

Benfica still appears to want more. 

Murillo has a few other current possible suitors in Portuguese clubs Braga and Tondela. Murillo was on loan with Tondela prior to Kasimpasa yet neither Portuguese minnow (in comparison to Benfica) can likely offer the $3 million plus that Benfica requires.

Major League Soccer may step up to the plate this time. 

If Murillo turns out to be even half of what another Venezuelan, one Josef Martinez has been in this league it would be worthwhile.

Berhalter had his hat in the ring last Summer for Murillo and is still looking for the same position again; as despite having more winger options than striker options, Berhalter can never seem to have enough wingers. 

Appears Berhalter believes he needs a winger on the other side of Pedro Santos at either the Jhon Murillo or Przemysław Frankowski level compared to the Hansen, Martinez level.

Cannot hurt. 

Columbus's last game at home against Atlanta shows they are definitely not at the Major League Soccer mountain top yet.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

GAME PREVIEW: Golden Boot showdown

Number 1 on the goal scoring chart Josef Martinez (13 tallies) goes up against number 2 on that list in Gyasi Zardes (10 tallies) this Wednesday

Atlanta United (9-3-3) - 30 points- First place in the East @ Columbus Crew (7-3-6) - 27 points- Third place in the East

The huge games for the Columbus Crew refuse to slow down as of late.

Columbus faces off against the first place team in the East, the first place team in the entire league in Atlanta United this Wednesday at home.

Columbus has nine games without a defeat but needs to stop another not as glimmering recent trend. 

Ties at home.

The trend started off swell enough as a 3-0 sure defeat turned into a 3-3 tie at home against Toronto FC.

However, the trend has been compacted by a 2-2 tie to Chicago that led to U.S. Open Cup elimination.

Then the trend became a bit tiresome against New York Red Bull.

That competition ended in a 1-1 tie, but was a game where a 3-0 or 4-0 lead for Columbus by the end of the first half would've been more deserving.

If Columbus could've finished some rather typical conversions in that game the Crew would've found themselves with an opportunity to take first place for themselves on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, if you overlook Atlanta's one game in hand, the Crew can still tie for first.

Perhaps more importantly Columbus can put some distance between themselves and the rest of the Eastern Conference.

Always with games in hand.

Crewture's projected Crew lineup:

What will help turn the tide for Columbus at home is the return of Zack Steffen.

In addition, the return of both Pedro Santos and Wil Trapp (even if Ricardo Clark is about a zero percent drop off in most respects) won't hurt.

Another lineup question to ponder is whether Eduardo Sosa plays a role again at some point?

Other than Crognale's goal, Sosa was the most vital substitute out of the three to turn a sure defeat into a tie against Toronto FC.

He looked good again against New York Red Bull:

Has been a huge bright spot as looks like Berhalter is onto something with Sosa compared to the Steindórsson's and Larsen's of the world. 

Atlanta United projected lineup:

Atlanta United trotted out the following lineup in a 1-1 tie at NYCFC the last game out:

Atlanta was fortunate as Brad Guzan had to make nine saves to give Atlanta United a point.

“Tough and unfair, I think it’s probably the first point we’ve taken without deserving it,” Tata Martino said. “New York was the better team in the second half. Up until Josef’s goal, the game was fairly even. But after that New York was the better team.”

Even without Zack Steffen this past week, overall Columbus has been better in comparison to Atlanta United as of late.

Grabbing twelve out of the last eighteen possible points compared to Atlanta's eight.

If Columbus make it fifteen out of twenty-one possible compared to Atlanta's eight out of twenty-one possible, Columbus puts themselves in a good place to eventually not just tie for first but take it for themselves.

PREDICTION: 2-0 Columbus. Both goals by Zardes.

The defense gets back to shutouts with Zack Steffen and helps get Zardes right behind Josef Martinez in the Golden Boot race.