My top Crew effort of a Game Preview.

Well, at least were on national television.

Euro 2016 Summer Signing?

Some tournament 30 something's that may be worth a look this Summer for the Columbus Crew.

Not Rated

It's clear that Berhalter doesn't rate his own signing Emil Larsen. So, please just get rid of him before we make it even more awkward.

Welcome to Crewture.

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, July 24, 2016

7/24/16: They Simply Cannot Do It

Well, at least it led to a good picture (Joe Maiorana / USA TODAY)


Beautiful weather and then sunset, a beautiful Nordecke glistening black and yellow, 20,034 in attendance... Looked like the perfect backdrop to good stuff happening.

And then, we go up 2-0.
And tie 2-2.

Haha, it's almost better if we just lose 4-nil with four goals in the first half. Then no one can say, "See little Johnny! Spuriously, once in a while, the Crew do good things!"

That's what Gregg Berhalter's post game comments tell me, "not a huge deal" although you can see his insides withering away late in games when they video cut to him. Don't just get pissed inside, be like "okay, this doesn't cut it. Players that don't start showing love for the club are added to the money for new recruits now! Goodbye and good luck."

For example, at least that devil Kamara could say he was pissed when he was pissed.

My post game took 1,440 minutes or so, because I needed a day away from that second half. Are we even trying? Or are we just not that good?

At least Tony Tchani I can praise you. Other than Higuaín's goal in the opener, I haven't seen many
Crew plays, goals that have made me say 'whoa' or anything. Maybe f**k? But, that was whoa.



Between that and two of his recent passes, Tchani is definitely capable of the remarkable personal moment. We could use more of that in our eleven.

Jesus. Ola could have one every game, Tchani assist/goal every other, and we still can only lose or tie. Lol, there's more ironing to do.


Anthony Precourt ‏@APrecourt 6m6 minutes ago
Lapses in concentration ruined a good effort. #CrewSC

0 retweets 0 likes

Lol, I wish it would stay 0 like and 0 retweet. I could one day make the most remarkable Crew video ever (haha is not at all) and receive 2 likes.

I could come up with the Nordecke's nickname, had a lazy role in name in 08', and my twitter would blow up to 180 followers.

But, Precourt could be like:

Anthony Precourt ‏@APrecourt 6m6 minutes ago
I farted and it made me think of the Crew's defense, gassy. #CrewSC

50 retweets  250 likes

If we wear ties for ties. Intense. "Poindexterecke" is our new nickname.

Actually would be an amusing Tifo. Just that name. Everyone dressed to the nine's. Do nerdy chants. Rarely cheer, just be boring with a cocktail.

At least we could then amount to the Crew's 2016 effort in the soccer department.

Actually would be kind of hilarious if we just made it a jazzy dance floor and cocktail hour since nothing goes on, on the field. Could've showed me that Tchani highlight and left it at that.

Who knows maybe it's our fault. All I know is it's not Meram's, don't tell him, he doesn't like fan negativity.

Anywho, something good from a beautifully crappy day...


**Cedrick had a tweet for Afful's 30th. I'm somehow older than Afful by 2 months and 7 days, damn. But, you can see their buds and you can tell on the field. The movement, one two's between them were flowing last night.

First half real crisp understanding between them. I thought it was even nicely crisp between 45th and 52nd minute. Almost effortless then.... So...

Bring on Ethan Finlay, bye Cedrick.

BERHALTER you don't have to sub, just to sub and I actually don't think Ethan had a bad 30 minutes or showing at all.

                                              Just Ethan Finlay's dad and Gregg Berhalter

I'm excited for more Afful and Cedrick on that right side I feel like it could lead to something over there. Who knows what, lol?

Also, when were up 2-0 you don't have to sub because things are going good. And if we do, sub defense since it's 90 degrees out and Kaka just came on.

Patrick Murphy ‏@_Pat_Murphy 24s25 seconds ago
This is the most disappointed I've seen Gregg Berhalter following a match. Said first half was overshadowed by lack of effort. #CrewSC

Well, do everything to be less disappointed and you will be.

Who gives a shit how disappointed he looks.


The when is the shit going to hit the fan "with so and so" that happens at most work places does not happen at the Columbus Crew.

Plain and simple. Can we just leave it at that. The fact that you can hire a guy that was crucial to your 2008 (and only) MLS Cup, and have him say or volunteer to say this..

And you only give him 3 out of 9 points at home. Whole team should be fired.

Get to offseason 2016. Fire some of the problems with a rosy "everything is wonderful and your excellent" Crew sendoff. Try again in March 2017.

Cause no matter who we sign. Let's say some other never heard of new signing joins the Crew from a forest in Iceland. Or we get a new guy back off of injury, Higuaín or Sauro, the 2016 Crew is a 2-2 tie sort of team day in, day out.

I'll watch from a distance.*               

* FYI , no need to call me 400 more times this season Crew ticket office (like every other week), don't worry guy that has wrote this blog for 8 years and had a crucial,
non-crucial part in Nordecke name (lol, literally what transgressed) knows how to get tickets there, doesn't need a sales pitch to be directed to your ticket sales website or where Crew stadium is, lol.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

7/23/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's



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

1 through 5 ranks the top 5 I like from the previous day and this morning. They might not be the most important or interesting. It's almost like a FIFA ranking, lol. So, what I find important.


#5
Deep.

#4
Wil Trapp is definitely the All Star of US States.

Some of the others, are you sure you're US citizens? lol

#3
Oh boy, that looks like my pregame party.

#2
Well they do have glorious TFC striker Jermain Defoe.

#1
Preview of Naess, Steffen introduction at halftime. I don't see many other Crew explosions happening (at least in a good way).

Also, include in each a soccer GIF intro and also, I used to and sometimes still DJ so I include a...

Music break:

7/23/16: Game Preview- CCSC vs. OCSC, Start both new signings



The Columbus Crew made two relatively important acquisitions this weekend for now and more importantly the future. I would start both today and here's why.

Just get it over with right away, Clark seeing the bench; in contrast to making that a Lifetime miniseries process the next year and a half.

If you do that and it does lead to a win you'll have a lot less negativity surrounding the team ASAP. Fans will be even more impressed with moves this week (some have questioned the decisions still) and be impressed that it led to a win.

I don't know if the Crew are intelligent enough to realize but if you throw both in ASAP, THEY HAVEN'T BEEN CONNECTED TO THIS PILE OF CRAP ALL YEAR.

So, could move things in an opposite direction much more quickly. Even if it does on accident, if you want to win the most in people's eyes and the Crew could use some of that with their fans currently; making two decently good acquisitions and playing both right away and it leading to a win right away is a good way to do it. Opens a new chapter.

I think Naess will start, but they will still think they owe Clark something. Which they don't. He's a guy I like, but Steffen is better (today actually).

Well, if he isn't today (especially if Steffen isn't match fit currently), he's better next week.

**That considering the only one I see the Crew starting today is Nicolai Naess.

With internationals Amro Tarek, Emil Larsen, Hernan Grana all getting perhaps homesick and leaving the Crew in the near past; Crew fans are worried that Nicolai Naess (who's never been signed outside of his native Norway) could be next.

I do not think so and here's why..


Bob Bradley.

Nicolai Naess, oddly in Norway 100% of his career is used to an American coach; As Naess started two of his first three professional seasons with an American coach.

And one whose personality is similar to our head coach. Out of just about every American player (except perhaps Michael Bradley) I've never seen two doppelganger's; or rather two guys look more pissed on the sideline than Bob Bradley and Gregg Berhalter.


So, I think Naess will have some ability to deal with an unhappy Gregg Berhalter.

In spurious, unrelated other news, Bob Bradley as US National Team Coach again?

Could say I'm crazy. But, he's a manager that impresses me more (or even more now) with having the balls to go to Egypt, Stabaek, and now Le Harve. After Le Harve, overall might be a hell of a well-rounded manager currently.

Not easy to live in Egypt and all across Europe, far away from family and friends, to pursue the best in YOUR career. God bless his wife.

If he couldn't coach the U.S. Nats out of a Saw or The Purge-like situation before I bet he can now. Umm especially compared to Jurgen Klinsmann, lol.

**That aside, my starting eleven today:
---------------------Steffen-------------------------
Afful------Parkhurst-------Naess---------Francis*
----------------Tchani----Trapp--------------------
Cedrick**------------------------------------Meram
-----------------------Ola----------------------------

*Please just start Francis he's twice the player as Ashe. Love Ashe as a serviceable backup at RB, perhaps even LB. Think he's a great option with injuries and might still see 10-15 games a year that way. But, forgive Francis for whatever doghouse he's in, has been nowhere near the worst player in the eleven. If his form has dropped, it's half on Berhalter, for messing with his playing time.

**Start Cedrick 90 minutes, every game. Even when he gets 10 minutes, his 10 minutes look a hell of a lot more dangerous than Ethan Finlay looks in 2016 over 360 minutes. Makes a dangerous bench in the future, but wouldn't be so against putting Finlay and/or some DM's on the trading block; if we need more money after the Steffen deal to sign a good second or backup striker.


If you need a better interpretation after all my fancy notes:


Friday, July 22, 2016

7/22/16: Nordecke World Journal- Crew Sign Zack Steffen



Well, always expect the Columbus Crew to come at you with a move one wouldn't much expect at all.







I'm maybe or not at all oddly...

VERY a fan of this.

Yet, in the end, depends on the Crew's plans for Steffen and etc.

I think Steffen with time (perhaps very little) in Clark's wings; or even now could play starting keeper in MLS.

If I was Steve Clark I would be a bit worried perhaps, and would at least want to ensure my top spot by playing out of my skin.

But, if Clark implodes as he did for a few games earlier this season, it's good that Clark has something to worry about behind him. I'm glad. Because Clark has never had that healthy pressure in his three years with the Crew (IN ANY DEGREE). Everyone needs someone else behind them that keeps them playing at their best.

And akin to how Nicolai Naess is considered a good possession, pass and move center back. Zack Steffen has the strength, speed and improved ball control of a possession from the back keeper (I at least believe from seeing him with the U-20's, but we will see). It's like we were trying to play this system and getting by, when the center backs and your keeper should probably be one of the best at it.

So, two signings that make more sense in those positions in how we play. I'm good with that. Have had less productive windows in the past and we're still ongoing.

Nordecke World Journal (Crew Sign Zack Steffen) highlight video:


7/22/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Crew signed someone? Wtf, lol.

#5

#4
I need one of these. "Ryan does ok at his job" video promos.

#3
Yeah I have about the reactions of those two guys.

Is it a sign in front of some gas station? Or something to do with bicycles? Whoever brokered that cool, whatever it may be.

#2
No one in China came to see Mourinho and his boys, lol.

#1


Good info.

Music break:
Borgeous vs. Riggi & Piros ft. Lil Jon - Savage

Thursday, July 21, 2016

7/21/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Well, thanks Crew for ruining this with your updates, omg-ish.

#5

#4
Woof. That is bad.

#3
That's healthy? lol

#2
Don't know who she is, but want to do a story on a Columbus MLS blogger? Yeah? Ok. Woof as well.

#1
Dicktease because it won't be anything substantial. Promise you.

FYI, trying to do the whole thing where I jinx myself into the opposite occurring.

Music break:

Diplo & Zed's Dead (ft. Elliphant)- Blame

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

7/20/16: Opinion


So, I guess some in the Nordeck are considering wearing ties to protest ties? :-) I don't know if it's a grand idea, could be if you're just trying to be stylish.

I guess against Orlando it would be relevant since that's the only team beating us in the tie standings.

          TIES

OCFC   10
CCSC    9
Revs     8
Impact  8
Galaxy  8

Were in 2nd place, oh yeah.

We can't even win at that, lol.

But, I only see the point if it's for fun. Because sometimes your team wins and sometimes it loses, and it's just our turn to suck this year. Oh well.

But, not sure how you protest ties with more ties? If someone could describe.

Still, I think if you want to do it, got to do it right.

And by that, all 3,000 wearing a full tilt suit, even in 90 degree weather, like this:

Holding a big Tifo that says "Tie Bowl." If we still do tifo?

And making it not against the team but because were the most ludicrous fans in MLS and want to legitimately bring back a penalty shootout after tied games; because if we had some of those could be farther up the standings.



That might be constructive, lol.

Otherwise, it's going to be 100 people with ties on their heads and no one, including the team, or anyone else will understand why.

Another suggestion... Back in the day, when we were bored in the section we didn't buy ties, we bought paint and freehanded banners. I would suggest that more.




For those that already do. Thanks and keep doing.

But, honest, was a good way to make friends..
Players and organization can respect your work (lol I think, who knows).
And you take something personal from it, if you become good at it. Myself and some others didn't have to trace at the end, could freehand banners by just looking at the design.

Would definitely approve of more focus on that personally.

For example, some of us had to move boulders to make this tifo two stick happen. Some thought it was a real shitty idea, got abuse on Bigsoccer.

But, this makes a statement.

This makes a statement. That's why I wouldn't be against some voted leaders in the section who could move boulders. It's a nice American quality that we all want to lead ourselves and do our own thing. But, even America umm has to vote for Hilary or Trump.. Umm, gross.

Can't be in that bad of a place with our leaders.

If you're going to do something make a statement. Otherwise, just stand there and clap and enjoy the game. Which is totally awesome honestly as well.

Finally, not against it. Especially if we tie at home again this Saturday, lol. Just think if we're going to do it, why not make it big? Everyone in their suits for opener, as would be hilarious with 3,000 supporters looking like their going to a wedding (can change to something less warm as game goes on) with a massive tifo. If you want to make a statement, THAT will make a statement. Might take a couple weeks to plan, but deserved if we were expecting 9 out of 9 from this home span and get 3.