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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 new supporters section which is now 9 years old.

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Very Bad Day at the Office


We've all had bad days at the office in life. I've had my share. 

I definitely understand a bad day, trust me; as I'm sure a lot of us do.

They just appear to becoming a team fad again akin to the 2016 season and I don't think there's much more of that that Crew fans want to take.

I like most Crew fans understand perspective.

6-7-1 is okay considering last year. But, do we want to be okay? And is it okay considering we started the year at 4-2-1 and in first place?

And is it okay considering two years prior we were in MLS Cup in Columbus? Especially considering that core has improved overall and we have improved players surrounding that core?

Currently we have an even better Meram, a what I would consider the best form from and a better Higuain, a better Kamara at least in mentality/upside/age and I believe in overall skill (Club Tijuana or anyone isn't offering $1.5 for Kei), a not so better Finlay but I think still has it in him and isn't all on him (fan reactions are included in I think the messing with his head), same Trapp, same coach?

Add to that a better goalkeeper.

Needed a few days before I discussed this in an article. But, Columbus Crew must take some real looks at oneself and not just lip service it, "yeah taking a good look here" blah whatever no matter what else they do or do not do.

Just want more consistency in results and in lineup, picking our best lineup week in and week out. MORE FOCUS. Improved and intelligent "don't shoot ourselves in foot" play regardless of end result.

There is a ton of shooting oneself going on not just on the field but in coaching decisions lately. 

Let the other team beat us. Lately were beating ourselves with everything and anything in anyway we can. 

WHATEVER they TRULY think is the best option fine; if it continues to be Berhalter fine. Just do and do it not okay. DO WHAT YOU THINK IS BEST FOR CREW SC, NOT BEST FOR EVERYONE'S FEELINGS.

And considering consistency of lineup, sure we might have more depth than previous years. GREAT.

I actually think Berhalter makes good decisions overall in acquisitions and might be a great sporting director if MLS teams just have that some day.

But that doesn't mean we have to start nearly everyone in our 18 every 3 games.

And do 5 different formations in 5 games.

Pick a 11, pick a formation.

Seriously we have tried several. Which lineup, formation had the best record and stats? And stick with that. 

Instead of going bi-polar on it every week.

In addition, if you say something back it up on FIELD. The week prior they were saying fans are incorrect for their sensationalist reactions after New England. Well when you have a great goal like that take advantage of it and win! 

Berhalter said about the New England loss“I was able to see it first-hand after this last Cleveland Cavaliers game. All of a sudden, LeBron’s a different player (to the media),” Berhalter said. “It’s funny, because again it’s sensationalism, it’s not reality.”

It's reality that you should do better after the goal of your season on the road. It's reality you shouldn't lose 5-0 to any team, but especially against an eastern conference rival(?) allowing 2 goals when they only have 10 men! If anything you should probably win 5-0 without two of their best players for 90.

Try instead for once to say "that was my bad." "This was our bad." 

You may get more respect that way. We have rather intelligent fans overall.

And before that the Crew complained about fans not showing up for a Wednesday game. What the hell do you expect after your extravagance last year along with it being a Wednesday and well several other things (parking, marketing which I know you think is brillant with the self-congratulations but yeah)...

If you want not so extreme soccer fans or Euro fans to take an interest for once (we are 4th in US cities watching worldwide, Euro soccer) try buying one star maybe once and perhaps not a DP defender. Front office talking to you there.  

They said prior (Precourt included) well were only one win behind the first place team! Perspective. Well, now it's two and that first place team is 10 points ahead of us (beginning a Bayern Munich like lead) in May.

It's ludicrous to be like "hey were not that bad" and then follow that up with this.

Really crafted that one. 😅

Personally, I'm leaning towards try something else as how many seasons do you have to correct something with the same guys you almost got there with and to be this off the plot OR JUST OK two years later? 

Further, I'm not enraptured with our style at times (I'm alone at that) and think we would be more dangerous a bit more direct and quick.

It looks pretty. But we pass it around midfield aimlessly until we lose the ball and the other side scores.

I prefer this. 



But, I don't own the team. I will support whatever Crew SC is here.

I had, just like anyone, a few reactions to a 5-0 loss to TORONTO FC (who I still don't like whether rivals or not, who gives a shit what they are really) still doesn't feel great. 

Was one of about 100 Crew fans that had about 200 of their fans put us through a melee to our bus in 09' and dealt with their self-love parade through those years.



Police escort to the hotel. 



But, whatever you decide Crew SC, I like most will support. We just want the right decisions to be made or some accountability perhaps when something was wrong.

Were fans and not going to be like hey guys that's a-ok!!! Because it really wasn't.

Regardless of whether everyone has to stay and everything is fine because were really nice soccer folks here at Columbus Crew SC which is pretty boring usually fyi

If this is the case:


Please just take advantage of Erickson's above tweet. If you do, don't have to change anything if it even matters what we think. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Pregame: Keep it Trill

Tonight's winner wins The 2017 Edition of The Trillium Cup.


The head-to-head trophy, awarded to the winner of the three game series between Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC.



If you're feeling especially festive. You could even get your own Trillium Cup on Ebay 👀😅.

Could be a royal way to drink your favorite beverage. 

Whether at home by your lonesome (watch here online or with pals at Hendoc's this fine evening.

In addition, regardless of your thoughts on the importance of the trophy... Winning the trophy is much more meaningful in my opinion this season. 

As that means we bested Toronto FC over the year and the series which no one else has done at all, ALL YEAR.

There one loss this entire season came against us. So, let's make it two and celebrate around their surgically enhanced 😃 BMO Field.

Would be a boost to team confidence regardless of who plays or doesn't for them. Would put us only four behind them in the standings.
And when life gives you an orange, or a Toronto without Giovinco, you got to run with it and take advantage.

Sometimes you just got to go for it. If a guy can fully train he can play, simple.

Tired of this fitness crap regarding Manneh, Afful now (I guess? 🙄), and so on.

Got to go for it with your best if you can because next December you'll be wishing you had.

When Artur has played 70 or more minutes in a game were 5-1. So, don't care if you want to rest Ethan, but if Artur's fine has to play.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

What Price Would You Be Okay With Selling Ola For?




None. 

Yeah hear that. 😄🖒

But, every player has a price. 

Even more likely the case at 13 K attendance. 

Shocked me it took this long. But, have a feeling it has something to do with this highlight.



Some scout was like well, damn that was nice.

Looked him up on Wikipedia (😉 jk).. Made a little notation in their scouting book.

"Well he plays in what one may consider a Disneyland league... But he does have 23 goals in 32 appearances."

So what price would you consider letting Ola go for?

For me it's $4 million and up. You?


Quoteables: Barros Schelotto Trying to Bring a Championship to Boca as a Manager


Has won 7 league titles as a player: 6 times in Argentina Primera and once with Columbus. 

Quoteables:

Guillermo did not come to Boca to play undisciplined or unprofessional players. He did not come to win two games and tie or lose the next denouncing a mediocre profile. He did not come to justify what he did off-the-field So-and-So or Mengano. He did not come to lose his patience in practice, to bite his lips and to finish them abruptly. He did not arrive either to enter a round trip with some journalists who celebrate him even when he says "good morning" and they sing him the happy birthday. He came to embrace the glory.

That sounds great but then the finish, a few paragraphs later.

Guillermo always wanted to return to Boca. He always wanted to revitalize it in the name of dedicating oneself to the present. Go back to win everything (Copa Libertadores and Club World included) playing very well. The complete combo. The ideal film. The dream, in short. Today that movie and the construction of the dream, it seems a fiction. And for the moment it is a fiction.

If Berhalter thought Crew fans complain, 😅 after a win on May 20th against Newell Old Boys Boca is in 1st by four points in the Argentina Primera.



And that articles ending at least is sort of saying meh.. 

Sure, there's still 5 games left (15 points on the table) but man... You guys are in first. Believe. 😄

I'm sure any Crew fan would believe when it comes to Guillermo Barros Schelotto.



Funny enough it may all come down to the final day against two or three time recent Crew SC target Lucas Gamba and Union de Santa Fe.

Gamba looked pretty good in this game a month back (scoring twice):


If you have extra bucks and a desire to catch the run up to the final on June 24th recommend Fubo.TV, I pay $40 bucks a month for nearly all channels. Have watched Guillermo's Boca twice and Lucas Gamba twice.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Crew shirts, Riverhounding, and LeBron Crew. GSH's for 5/24..

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


Gaven..
Glory to Columbus shirt spotting.

Celebrities be out in force on this lately.

First round picks..
Now comedians.

One, Bert Kreischer.



How about Diplo or Getter since they'll play at our stadium later this year? Link.

Travis Scott, Diplo, And Lil Yachty Confirmed For Breakaway Festival 2017

If you haven't noticed from the 90 in 10 music selection, 😉 could have a bit of an interest. 

Didn't know of last year, but found out RL Grime was at Mapfre for the 1st edition? 😭 

One of the best shows I saw was just him at House of Blues Cleveland for a few hours.

Anyone have a good way to break the ice, tweet an artist with a cooler "hey pal you should wear Crew gear?" Open to suggestions, willing to try something.

Got a shirt idea that will work for artist a, artist b 😄 feel free to get the conversation going at @CrewtureFanzine.

Will use any excuse to avoid in-depth statistical analysis.

Schelotto..
Riverhounding

Which one is perhaps shittier The Keystone Derby Cup?
Or the Trillium Cup?
Image result for Trillium Cup

Anyway, Pittsburgh is just one more draw away from glory after tonight's draw.
And just joking about The Trillium Cup. 

I know it was made with the best Cubic Zirconia in the Great Lakes Trillium area by these guys.

Image result for shady salesman

Both teams should let their employees know they'll get fired if they post a picture of either cup on social media. Should just give the winners a certificate. 

Anyhow, with the Pennsylvanian draw, the clubs will have to wait until Aug. 12 to determine the 2017 Keystone Derby champion. I bet all are holding on with bated breath, "if only we could beat those capital dwellers 5 hours away in Harrisburg!" 

Pittsburgh currently holds the advantage at 1-0-1 in the head-to-head series and can recapture the Cup with a win or draw in the final meeting. Link.

Only Hollingsworth started tonight. Maloney, Abubukar, and Obinwa were on the bench.

All eventually got in except for Abubukar, which for some would've been the 1st to play.


Hejduk..
Go King James! Go Indians! Go Crew! Go Reds! Were all doing this for Ohio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish the Crew could stop that. 

When were in MLS Cup the Cleveland Indians or Cavs are not posting on twitter about us lol. If were lucky maybe the Blue Jackets since were in the same city.

So, when Cincinnati gets a soccer team can we leave them out since we play the same sport, in the same league? Or no? 😄 How does that work?

Now we are relating our situation to LeBron? When we just have to be better, consistently, because we can.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

10 K a Week Brings All The Big Names. GSH's for 5/23..

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


Gaven..
Greizmann anyone?

Well we did offer Ryan Jack a life changing 10 K a week 😄





Schelotto..
Ryan Jack stripped of captaincy before Scottish Cup Final


I sort of liked watching this whole drama from afar. Transfer saga's are usually far more boring on this side of the Atlantic. 


Hejduk..
Martinez: Season long loan but will be recalled occasionally.

Oddly believe Martinez is a player that deserves a game on that right side since no one else can make it his own. Think he's been slighted a bit this year.

Link:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Crew SC's $10 K a Week Deal Snubbed by Ryan Jack



According to HITC, the Crew were prepared to land Ryan Jack on what is or nearly was a designated player type contract. $10 K a week, $675,000 in total.

I wonder what the plan was there if Columbus did? 

Because he's a defensive midfielder and at that price he's playing.

Crew SC are 5-1 in 2017 when Artur plays more than 70 minutes. 

Wil Trapp is the Captain. Hard to be a Captain on the bench.

The question was if we did acquire him (and nothing is totally finalized for Rangers yet, let's not call it until it's pen to paper) do we have $675,000 to spend? Or who was leaving Crew SC?

Interesting and would be to know if Berhalter has any backup plans? 

Sure that something will come up in the next week or two because at 6-6-1 this team is better but not complete yet.

A .500 Team At Best Without Artur.. New England Recap.



Was avoiding a recap of this game for about as long as I could.

Finally got around to it. Hooray me!

Basically, all you need to know is this freak goal happened and we still lost.



WTF mate?

The following comment on Bigsoccer encapsulates what was overall a bit of a well-known script...



Despite where this next one is going, don't think it's on really who is starting but who wasn't and couldn't (Artur).



I think it's more when Artur doesn't start were a .500 team at best. 

He's enough to make us a good team with Meram farther up. Without him were really not good enough regardless of who else were playing. 

When Artur has started and played 70 or more minutes were 5-1.

Since his arm injury and now groin we've dropped quite a bit from #1 in the East to a very average team.

He played 90 last week and we won in Montreal. Just saying.

So, solution? Put him in bubble wrap 6 out of the 7 days of the week.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

At The Nordecke's Touchline: A #CrewSC vs #NERevs Preview



Projected lineup:


A win puts us 9 points ahead of New England and possibly the Philadelphia Union and Atlanta United.

Those teams just out of the playoff spots in the Eastern Conference currently.

Which this early in May would be rather momentous considering that was our league position for all of 2016.

A loss puts us only three ahead of New England and will see about the others.

So very big. Considering that with a good plan we should succeed against New England, a team we oddly even seemed to have success against in 2016.

The Crew won 2 out of the 3 games against them that year and didn't do the same against anyone else.

Want to see:

Afful back in the starting lineup. I know he just had a child, but 2 or 3 games away seems like sort of an intense break.

Makes one wonder how much the break is associated with that and not something else?
Just starting to hope everything is okay?

Regardless of situation behind the scene, he's our best RB. 

There's been a bit too much thinking going on overall there in 2017. As much with him as Crew SC.

Just get him back to playing instinctual.

Mensah: Thought he looked stronger again against Montreal. Fine with Crognale being a late sub for him or Naess.

Naess is excellent and Mensah is strong, has ability too. Let him grow. Crognale is a great talent too but no rush. Let him be a rookie and grow some as well (and not overnight).

I don't think those three need to be flipped every week.
Same with Raitala. If he's your starter over Francis, okay.

I want to get a near eleven hammered out every week. Instead of some weird start for someone (Adam Jahn?) every game.



Higuain: This article and its timing has Crewture wondering if that weird start may be in Federico's position. Berhalter has some mad scientist trick up his sleeve at times, for better or worse cannot help himself. 

"He's another one who wants to play for the team, and he’s also in a great moment, so it’s kind of hard to pull him back off the field and it’s us being careful,” Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said. “I think the fact that we did rest him against Chicago gave me a little bit of relief that he doesn’t have all the minutes (spent), but it’s a situation we have to manage throughout the year.”

So perhaps could see a Higuain replacement this week, as why else would it be brought up? 

And well, if Berhalter started Manneh in Higuain's position, he could start Ethan Finlay again. Which always gives Berhalter great joy. 😊

As Berhalter can't have Ethan Finlay sit for too long.. 



Ethan Finlay must play!

It's Berhalter's you know. Just can't seem to get past Ethan Finlay ever. 

Finlay has talent but I don't know if it's in our system currently.

Result: Crew win

So, overall we've beat Kei's Revolution 2 out of 3 times last year.

If you add into that a 2-0 victory earlier this season. We've won 3 out of 4 against Kei's Revolution.

Let's make it 4 out of 5.

Think Revolution are a team with a lot more questions and problems.. And that was before our trade with them and didn't change much after our trade with them. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

GSH's for 5/19.. Might Meet FC Cincy Maybe, Ryan Jack Confirms Plan to Leave, Matchup vs. New England on Sunday.

When images are being made for a matchup that may not even happen. 😉

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

Gaven..
The FCC won't let me be

Well, we could play FC Cincinnati in the US Open Cup.

Which frankly I don't care one way or the other, but some do.

The chance to face Columbus in Cincinnati is an opportunity all fans in our city would enjoy. The Massive faithful have routinely diminished FC Cincinnati and our fans at every turn. Are the chances of an upset unlikely? Perhaps, but the chance to line up vs. the perceived “premier club” in our region doesn’t come along often.

Relax 😅 perhaps? Link.

The chance comes along at least once a year as the powers that be seem to desire it.

In the poll on who to prefer to play, voted for Louisville City FC. 😯

Just for personal reasons as their forward George Davis IV played for the Dayton Dutch Lions in 2010 when I worked there.

I struggle to watch the Riverhounds and their our partner, Martinez in his game for FC Cincinnati, so need a reason to check out.

But, thanks to the Crew's interest in all things US Open Cup over the years I just couldn't care much. 

I desire any regular season win over New England or anyone much more.

Would settle for more Montreal-like away wins and Cincinnati could beat us 4-1. Couldn't care.

But, hey Massive faithful for the simple fact of why not let's make Nippert, Nordecke South, if it happens.

If not the chance will come up again next year.

Schelotto..
A surprise to no one

Ryan Jack confirmed today he will leave Aberdeen this Summer and from recent reports it seems more than likely for Rangers. 



But, still has until the end of the season (well next Monday 😄) to begin talks. A mind can be changed often while waiting. 

Ryan's final regular season game with Aberdeen is on Sunday and will be against Patrick Thistle. Followed by a Scottish Cup Final on May 27th against Celtic.

Another link.

Hejduk..
New England on Sunday

Well, I'll just say I'm glad our team reporter is Alex Stec, lol.