12/30/16: 26 Year Old Jonathan Mensah 2nd DP, Why You Should Like It.

Resolving defensive woes is major improvement Columbus needs. So okay with it.

12/28/16: Lucas Gamba Makes Circuit Again

Columbus a place to try to get career back. Raitala, Mensah, Gamba?

12/28/16: Columbus Crew After DP Number 2

Know it's Mensah. But Columbus still have something in the bag? Lando or someone else?

Welcome to Crewture.

Which stands for Crew and Culture, and follows Crew supporter culture. Created around the Nordecke creation and used to follow the rise of the new supporters section which is now 9 years old.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

1/19/17: 3G

Oh, Crewture.


If he ever has a suspension in 2017.

Could spend it in the Nordecke, could use some work on that clapping...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

1/18/17: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are the top Crew contemplations of the day. If you're new to the Crew... Video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk .

Today's Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's:
3. The Best Player in MLS
2. World Cup 2026 To Have 90's-Style MLS Shootouts?
1. Gratulerer med dagen,

Nicolai Naess Turns 24.

Quote of the Day:

"I think that's what we've got to change this year -- maybe [be] a little more cynical, and we have to have that winning mentality."-Ola Kamara on ESPN FC



Full interview-
    


3. The Best Player in MLS

Not surprisingly the Canadian Press says it's Giovinco. So does Ola Kamara.

Ask Matteo Mancosu who's the best player in MLS and the Montreal Impact striker doesn't miss a beat.

"Giovinco," the Italian said immediately.

Columbus Crew forward Ola Kamara is equally certain. "Giovinco, for sure," said the Norwegian.

"It's like playing against Michael Jordan," Philadelphia defender Richie Marquez said of facing the Toronto FC star. "It doesn't matter how much film you watch or how many times you play him, he's still going to dominate."

Not a shocking choice with a MVP award the year prior over one Kei Kamara. Followed by ending that same voting in fourth this year.


"$600k DP's ain't gonna cut it anymore. If this team does not sign an impact offensive player prior to the end of March, we're in for a long season.

We see a lot of teams bringing in multimillion dollar players. I think we all know that Columbus isn't the town for that. But I don't see why we can't find $750k-$900k impact starters that can make a difference."
-Crew2112 on BigSoccer

Maybe we should become the town for that. Once. Why not?

Easier to say when it isn't my money. But, think Ola could use some concrete help behind him. Think Columbus could always use a boost in attendance; as well as selling more Crew stuff with the correct name.

2. World Cup 2026 To Have 90's-Style MLS Shootouts? Yeah, no joke.

You put that along with NFL teams playing in MLS stadiums and Donald Trump as our President, I'm pretty sure I've died and ended up in an amusing alternative reality.

The second will happen in 2017 as the San Diego Chargers will become the Los Angeles Chargers and play at the Home Depot Center.

The first now may, which is ludicrously smart or ludicrously stupid; and either way it is ludicrously amusing.



Columbus Crew goalkeeper Brad Friedel on shootouts.

In one of my first games we drew 1-1, so I walked off the pitch and into the locker room. The equipment manager came in and said, “What are you doing? You have a shootout; nobody told you?” I did know; I had just completely forgotten. I had to put my shirt back on to go back out.

And Eric Wynalda said it best,

I hated it. You had the rest of the world going, “What the hell are they doing?” All of my friends in Germany would just laugh at us."

Well. As Justin Timberlake used to say, "what goes around, comes back around."

1. Nicolai Naess turns 24. Gratulerer med dagen! Looking forward to his first full season.

Hoping it becomes more his team and Ola Kamara's this year compared to others.

Last year Naess was a bit of an afterthought, came in too late to affect much.

Hell, even Ola couldn't overcome the Kei, Higuaín Titanic sinking with 16 goals. Good to see both have an idea of all and get to start from beginning this go around.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

1/17/17: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's



Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are the top three Crew contemplations of the day. If you're new to the Crew... Video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk .

Today's Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's:
1. Crew Select Two More Players in SuperDraft
2. Afful and Ghana Get Going
3. Ola Kamara on ESPN FC

Quote of the Day:

"Got an alert on my phone, also on twitter, that I was selected by Columbus Crew SC. I was basically speechless. Lifelong dream to play in MLS. I was really just speechless. Gave my coach a hug and called my parents right away." -Connor Maloney on his 3rd Round selection with Crew SC

1. Crew Select Two More Players in SuperDraft

The Columbus Crew selected a stocky, 5'6 forward named Connor Maloney in the 3rd Round today and followed that up with goalkeeper Logan Ketterer in the 4th.



26 goals in 73 starts at Penn State for Connor.



6'3, 187 pound goalkeeper in Logan, which I like.

Would not be mesmerized if one surprises and/or both find their way on the roster.



2. Afful and Ghana Get Going

If you missed out...



Which has them sole first in their group.



Unfortunately, Johnathan Mensah was one of two starters that began on the bench today with Acquah. Will be tough to change that with the resulting shutout.

Ghana could play better but did enough in the first half.

Harrison Afful played well. No mistakes, good passing, and a free kick cross 2nd half that should've led to Ghana goal #2.

3. Ola Kamara on ESPN FC

Nice to see him and very interested to see how he does from the start of a MLS season.

Considering him and hopefully a much more improved defense. 2017 could be better than alright.

1/17/17: Ghana Wins AFCON Opener 1-0, Afful Plays 90

Crew SC's Afful played full 90. Played well.

Avram Grant made two changes to his Ghana starting XI before the 1-0 opening win today against Uganda.

Leceister City star Daniel Amartey was partnered with John Boye, dropping the Crew's Jonathan Mensah to the bench.

The other move was in midfield as Thomas Partey was favored over Afriyie Acquah, link here.

The Columbus Crew's Harrison Afful did play the full 90 minutes.

His defense was solid, no mistakes or bad touches. As well as one nice free kick cross that should've been goal number two for Ghana (If you scroll to 12:58 in below video).

Afful's cross was about all Ghana produced attacking wise actually in the second half.




Ghana and Avram Grant may praise their luck against Uganda; as the Cranes were the more dangerous of the two in the 2nd half.

Further, Ayew's penalty was very considerate by the Botswanan ref.

In addition, a shutout in game one, is also unlikely to be favorable for Mensah to work his way back into the starting eleven. We will see.

Ghana will look to put it in second gear at the same time against Mali on Saturday.

If you're looking to watch, I would recommend Fubo.TV, only $9.99 for a month.

Monday, January 16, 2017

1/16/17 Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's- The Chicago Fire Having a Better Offseason?

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are the top Crew contemplations of the day. If you're new to the Crew... Video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk .

Today's Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's:
1. Fire Signs Dax
2. Fire Doing Even More To Improve Before Opener?
3. FC Cincinnati
4. Mensah/Afful Starts AFCON Tomorrow


Here's what's going on today in Crew land.



🛌🛌💤💤

Crew SC player development or a family reunion outing?
And a re-manufacture of some facts about our draft picks for the 32nd time. Cool.

Stories ⇩

1. Chicago Fire sign Dax McCarty. And why I like their moves.
As Chicago went into the draft with Dax in their minds apparently. But, wanted to take some of the allocation hit off of that intended deal.

They gave $400,000 to NYRB today.
But, gained $250,000 last Friday in the same allocation money pot, and then gave TFC $75,000 on the same day to gain Picks 26 & 27 in Round 2.

So, really today's deal for them was a less outrageous $225,000 dollar allocation hit for Dax McCarty and his nearly 300 MLS appearances under 30. Get one more rookie draft player as well in the process.

At least like the taking of a chance.

Columbus could've got a little more radical in comparison last Friday.

2. Chicago has signed goalkeeper Jorge Rodrigo Bava, forwards Nemanja Nikolic (which is big, will have the attention of Polish league fans) and Luis Solignac & now midfielder Dax McCarty.

Nikolic who has scored a ridiculous 40 goals in 56 games for Legia Warsaw. And did crazy similar before that in Hungary.

I wouldn't say MLS is much different.



And have been linked with everyone from Schweinsteiger early on.. To Nigerian midfielder Joel Obi.

Also, they got a little crazy in the draft.

The Crew on the other hand has only wildly signed as many replacements as they can find for Michael Parkhurst, along with Raitala and Hansen.

The Crew's confidence that Mensah, Raitala, Williams, Crognale, Abubakar, and Hansen may be enough in the way of additions is great, but perhaps crazy.

There may be a MLS deal coming for Columbus.
There will be no international ones, as Abubakar took up the last international spot.

I think it's safe to say which team wins the battle so far out of last year's 9th and 10 place teams.

3. FC Cincinnati is showing their fans are the Sounders of the Northeast here. As they have no business winning matchups No. 2 and No. 4
4. A reminder Ghana starts AFCON tomorrow. Can be viewed on BeInSports or BeInSportsConnect.

If you're like me and don't have BeInSports. You can grab a free trial on Sling TV for 7 days or FUBOTV for a day.


Quote of the day:

"I think we can make the playoffs. But, even if we do we won't go far because we just don't have the talent. We really have just rotated subs and improved the back line.

Not impressed." -TRUJDUB

Sunday, January 15, 2017

1/15/17 Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are the top five Crew contemplations of the day. If you're new to the Crew... Video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk .

Today's Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's:
1. Colo The Gorilla
2. Nordecke Trump
3. Premier League
4. Wil Trapp Birthday
5. Cedrick's 2017 Good Luck

Quote of the day:

“I try here to be happy, to convince the players I have to play the best football possible. That is my target and that is what I live by in my profession.

I had a lot of success, but that is because I worked very hard in my job and I'm very good at my job."

Who said? Discover at end.

Stories ⇩






1. The look on my face during the draft..
And/or my look watching Steve Clark in MLS Cup. Parkhurst falling down for no reason against Montreal. Kamara, Higuaín arguing over a penalty kick when up 3-1. There's nothing else that could encapsulate that look more so than that last one.

I feel you #ColoGorilla.

2. Figuring 2% of the section may have voted for him.. So makes sense.
These couldn't be considered selfies.

But, if NordeckeTrump made these great again, got my support.
Image may contain: 4 people, crowd and outdoor

Sidenote: I may have to start a twitter for ColoGorilla.


3. Uh yeah.

Agreed.

4. Trapp turned 24. Happy Birthday...
And/or Geburtstag
- 💕Nordecke

5. Cedrick feeling a little blue (doesn't appear that way if you scroll two pics over on his IG) or yellow today 😀. Good luck to Cedrick as well at UCAM Murcia.


Quote by Pep Guardiola, sounding like he is about to get fired after 4-0 loss to Everton.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

1/14/17 Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's- Ghana Viewing, Adam Moffat, MLS Draft


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1. Crew SC has two out of the four MLS players in this year's AFCON.

Mensah, Afful kick off this Tuesday at 11 AM versus Colorado Rapids Michael Azira and Uganda.

Now how does one watch? At Sling TV you can start a 7 day trial on Tuesday, link here. And then a 24 hour trial at FUBO.TV later on, link.

That can be good for all three groups games at least.

If you have DirectTV or DISH you don't have to do any of that as it's all on BeInSports.

2. Former Crew players Jairo Arrieta and Adam Moffat had to find new teams, thanks to the issues that the NY Cosmos are having this offseason both were released.

This was during nicer times.



Arrieta went back to Costa Rica, now with Herediano and Moffat signed with Sacramento Republic. Link here.

3. TrueCrew on BigSoccer summarizes some good thoughts, in my opinion, on the draft.

It would be nice to:

i) not whiff every year (Sweat, Campbell, Saravia)
ii) take a GA & fill a need (take advantage of the salary cap rules & essentially get 2 for 1)
iii) stop using up international slots on marginal players via the draft (Campbell, Saravia, Lev-Ari, Fifi, and others). Really, if the draft is as useless as you say, then taking a international is REALLY stupid.
iv) land a functional roster player in the draft with 2 top 10 picks (at a min).

There ARE difference makers in the draft. We had a chance to get one, we elected to play it safe. We elected to not move up, to not take the GA, & to take an international. 3Gs draft record is awful, so he doesn't get the benefit of the doubt in my book.


4. But, we got a B+!! Guys!

I think the last time we got B's, as a B is MLS's D.


And 15 out of 22 teams in MLS got a B from Will Parchman. Only 1 got a D. Two weren't even graded.

 And we got another defender because we are playing a 3-5-2 now. Duh.

Yeah, I'll wait until I see it and see it being successful. A good try. "We might experiment so."

Not enough to sign our 4th center back this offseason... Just in case we change formations?

5. It's always nice to talk about your successful draft though. That can't be based on anything we would know yet.

Will see. I give it a I don't know C. I would give it a A if we would've traded Pick 5 and 9 for Pick 1 and got Danladi or Pick 4 and got Lewis. Basically, because I would like to see something interesting or risk taking.

Or just took Jackson Yueill which would've been as smart (or smarter as a GA). We would still have one international spot. Which at least could've kept the Gamba rumors open for another 3 months 😄

It's just meh, ok overall.


Friday, January 13, 2017

1/13/17 Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's- All Draft

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1. The Crew did nothing too dramatic on SuperDraft day.

Which won't come as much of a shock. They did about what the Crew do.

I was hoping for something a bit startling.. Sort of hoping Columbus would trade both picks to move higher up for a GA player..

A Abu Danladi or Jonathan Lewis.

That was maybe just a bit closer to a sure thing. If there is one.

Hansen and Abubakar could get lost in the Crew shuffle.

Why? Well, Lalas is the 4th center back acquisition this offseason.

2. To be fair one of the two will likely become a stud (thanks Kei), one of the two will likely be not so stud.

Lalas has been followed by Columbus for a while, just over a hour away in Dayton, Ohio. Which is good.

But, on the other hand, he takes up our last international slot. If that had to happen, I was kind of leaning towards Julian Gressel.. Or a high priced international (okay laughs).

Good news is that would likely put Lucas Gamba to bed.

3. Overall, I give the Crew's draft a C. There's qualities and things to like about both Lalas and Niko. But, the Crew draft day just yells a bit safe overall.

Were not a team that will ever spend money.

So, if you're going to shake it up a little, why not in the draft when we find ourselves in probably the most advantageous draft position in a very long while, with two picks in the top ten.

Just think there may have been better ways to go.. Or at least more interesting ways to go for sure.

4. If there's some of this going on with both of them in 2017.. I take it all back.


Watch them both be studs and we never hear of Danladi, Ebobisse. Who the hell knows.

5. What do you rate the draft as?

1/13/17: Crew Take Niko Hansen At No. 9



The Columbus Crew SC have drafted Niko Hansen at Number #9 in the 2017 Superdraft.



1/13/17: Crew Take Lalas Abubakar At No. 5



The Columbus Crew SC have drafted Lalas Abubakar at Number #5 in the 2017 Superdraft.




Thursday, January 12, 2017

1/12/17 Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's



Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are the top five Crew contemplations of the day. If you're new to the Crew... Video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk .

1. Schedule is out, which leads to 500 twitter thoughts by everyone on travel plans for separate games...
Everyone's personal travel play by play at #CrewSC

Only two are televised, which sounds about right.
2. Steve Clark looks headed to AC Horsens of the Danish Superliga.

Which is quite possibly the strangest logo.
Yet a good color.

Wonder if Danes could go for the "Yes" chant? Either/or good for Steve Clark. Will have to look up if it's likely to be in a starting role.

3. Tomorrow the Crew have picks 5 and 9 in the first round, none in the second.
As I mentioned often. I would be fine with the Crew trading both for a pick higher up. If they believed that's what they need to do to get one Meram, Finlay for sure in this draft.

Should be the goal of every draft. But, especially this one with two of our highest picks in a very long time.
I would say it's very open to discussion as Berhalter said next "the goal of picks 5 and 9 is to get one player that can contribute next year."
4. Gamba news hasn't changed today. Just a lot of retweets by Union de Santa Fe fans that "Lucas Gamba was registered in the draft by the Columbus Crew."



5.) Wil Trapp in the middle there, getting his jog on.

Chicago, Toronto, Seattle... 
Drivel of the Day.

Did you know FC Cincinnati invented soccer?

1/12/17: Cristian Martinez with Panamanian U-20's


Crew youngster in midfield 19 year old Cristian Martinez, played for the Panama U-20's twice in the past week against Peru's version.



Things didn't go so hot for Panama in their first go, as they lost the first contest on January 4th 5-0. Then had a better 1-1 tie in their second matchup on January 6th.

As Peru prepares for the South American U-20's on January 18th and their Group B in that contest against Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Bolivia.

Panama U-20's will be back at it against Canada's version on January 19th and 21st in Panama, link here. As both teams prepare for CONCACAF's U-20 tournament in February.

When that tournament is here, Martinez's Panama will face off against USA's U-20's in the first match of that tournament to qualify for U-20 World Cup.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

1/11/17 Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Nick DePuy has made it into two mock drafts as a Crew pick. A story on him at SBI.
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1. The transfer story that never ends as Lucas Gamba is making or building the Columbus Crew rumor mill once again. Haven't discussed for about four days. So naturally ramping back up again.

Link here.


Rough translation: #Union The equipment of the #MLS the @ColumbusCrewSC(where Guillermo Barros Schelotto was champion) signed up to @LucasGamba18 in the #Draft

So now Argentina has a draft? Count me as confused, perplexed.


I think the last writer has it right on here. "Please stop with this guy already."

Would be okay with the news ceasing in his acquisition.

As I think the guy can create damage on the wings.

But, have talked about Gamba more than anyone in December, January and not even a Crew player. So prepared for it to end either way.

May be finally getting close.

2. The Columbus Crew mentioned all of their successes currently on the team from the draft, link here.

As usual a bit fluffy, were fantastical and awesome writing. Which I'm aware teams need to do.

So, decided to mention all 26 players that they've drafted in the same period, including the 21 not currently with Columbus.



3. Considering, would be fine with trading both 1st round picks for a pick at #1 through #4. If we believe and/or are certain that there's a player there that will really make a difference, discussed here.

If we can get two players at #5 and #9 that can be Crew players. Great with that. If not got to do what we can to get at least one Meram or Finlay every draft.

4. Something more fun than drafts and Gamba news.. 👍


Dogs.

5. And good luck to Steve Clark.


1/11/17: Crew Uses Discovery Claim on Gamba

From Uno Santa Fe:


So, apparently Columbus has put a discovery claim on him. A right to first refusal which Argentina apparently calls a draft. Which means Columbus are pretty close to acquiring him.

Thoughts?

1/11/17: Picks #5 and #9 in 2017 MLS Superdraft In Depth



Columbus can go several ways with this draft.

Since this feels like the first time I've heard 3 out of the 5 names from last years...


And because of that, just finding two players that the Crew may want to sign may be good enough.

I figure the Crew have to direct 2017's draft towards depth at forward and midfield; since every signing this offseason has been on the backline. With Mensah, Raitala, Williams, and even a draft-like pick in Crognale... One would hope enough has been done to sort that third of the field out.

Think it's safe to say that forward will at least be one of the picks at #5 or #9.

But, why not two? One pick is going to go completely wrong (see above graphic).

Two forwards at #5 and #9, allows you to double up. That's what I would do so Columbus will not, which is likely for the best 😏. But, the better out of the two could come in for Ola around the 65th minute of games often.

Another scenario. If you're really sure about one player but would have to move up to get him. Could perhaps trade picks #5 and #9 for a pick at #2 or #3. Why the hell not? As if you're lucky one player might stay on the roster from a draft for multiple years. If you find one Meram, Finlay. You did well.

As 21 out of 26 players picked since 2010 are not on the roster, link.

In this years draft, the only thing that most are convinced with (except Ives which is probably the only one you need to listen to) is Jeremy Ebobisse will go to Minnesota United at Pick 1 and Miles Robinson is either going at #2 or #3.

Below are all the top mock drafts.




Which is now on Mock Draft Version 3.0, link here. And has us going after Jonathan Lewis and Brandon Aubrey. But, also has the most guessed Crew pick in the other mock drafts Reagen Dunk now at #31. So can put that to bed?

What about the name of Pick #31 in Mock Draft 2.0, Pick #34 in Mock Draft 3.0, Dominic Oduro.

dominic-oduro-mug

Who is a defender. Come on Montreal, pick him as that would be a humorous starting lineup with two Dominic Oduro's.




 

As I previously suggested. Would be totally fine with Columbus trading both first round picks for a player there very sure about a couple picks up in the draft.

Like perhaps Abu Danladi, who was picked as our 5th pick in NBC Sports's Mock Draft. But, in Ives most recent Mock Draft 3.0 has said he's impressed so much that he may be now the number one.

Ives said,

"Impressive first Combine day showed scouts what the hype was about all these days. Danladi solidified his place in the top three, and has some teams thinking he’s worth the top pick."



If you find one talent that can help the team, like Finlay, like Meram you've succeeded in our league's form of the draft. If you get two or more you should probably write a manual.

So, one should be the end goal of every draft. Any higher expectations lacks a touch of reality. But, even hitting that has been possible, but often impossible for us.

This year at #5 and #9 should happen. If it doesn't, is it a failure? Yes it is.

We've rarely been this high up in a draft once, let alone twice.