1/20/17: Ola Kamara.. A Norwegian International Starter? Think yes.

Think Norway will look at a few new options, should look this way.

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's for 1/20

Draft video, Ghana, and rookies in town.

1/19/17: Columbus Crew Upcoming Preseason in Brazil

To play Sao Paulo FC, Audax Sao Paulo, and Ituano FC.

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.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's for 1/21...

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Today's Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's:
3. Cristian Martinez plays for Panama U-20's
2. Afful played another solid 90 in second straight Ghana AFCON win.
1. What is the best Crew SC goal ever?

Quote of the Day:

Lol, worked out a bit better than some of my relations with Fire fans in 2008, 2009

3. Cristian Martinez played for Panama U-20's versus Canada U-20's today.

Panama won 2-1 over Canada.
And played them as well on January 19th and lost 1-0. The two friendlies were in preparation for next month's Concacaf Under 20 Men's Championship, Link.

Cristian Martinez looks set to figure prominently. As one of the top young prospects for Panama.

2. Afful played another solid 90 in second straight Ghana AFCON win.

Against Mali, Ghana scored early on in the 20th minute through Asamoah Gyan. And held on again second half.

Mali poured it on late, but Ghana succeeded at booking their place in the quarterfinal.

Give Mali credit as they were a bit more dangerous than Uganda was.

Ghana needed some smarts from their goalkeeper Razak and got them. Would be my MVP.

But, Afful as well was once again solid.
The question still is will we see another Crew international for Ghana, Jonathan Mensah, in this AFCON? He was surprisingly one of two regular starters left out of the first two games with Acquah.

Perhaps with Ghana already into the next round. The next game against Egypt, will see Mensah get a run and Afful getting a rest.

Avram Grant's thoughts on Ghana vs. Mali.

1. What is the best Crew SC goal ever?
I have to give it to Frankie Hejduk in MLS Cup 2008. Obviously, 😄 with the title of this daily as Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk referencing that play.

Which Crew goal does it for you? Comment above on the twitter link for Reddit's The Massive.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's For 1/20...

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Today's Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's:
3. Draft day video.
2. Ghana, Afful play tomorrow. Could we perhaps see Mensah?
1. The rookie class is in town.

Quote of the Day:
Both of Crew SC's first-round picks have already signed MLS contracts.
                            --Andrew Erickson, The Columbus Dispatch

3. Draft day video.

"Do you want to try five and nine plus $100,000 allocation? See what he says?"

Hmm wonder what that could've been for?

Definitely was either to trade the picks for a player (Dax McCarty? 😛) or a higher draft spot.

Thoughts on what it could be?

2. Ghana, Crew's Afful will play tomorrow. Could we perhaps see Mensah?

Ghana plays Mali tomorrow in their second AFCON match at 11 am.

Could the injury to Baba Rahman lead to a switch up in multiple places on the backline? A Mensah start somehow? Stranger things good show have happened. Link to story here.

On top of that, Andre Ayew may miss tomorrow as well from illness, malaria. Leads to some headaches for Avram, will be more uphill than first expected for Ghana.

A win would get Ghana to AFCON quarterfinals.

If you don't get BeInSports and need a way to watch... I would recommend Fubo TV. $10 bucks a month, a lot of good soccer on there.

Bought it the other week for AFCON. Have watched Mexican Liga, Concacaf Central American Cup as well.

1. The rookie class is in town.
Looking dressed up for a night on the town.. 😎

Good luck and welcome.

1/20/17: Ola Kamara.. A Norwegian International Starter? Think yes.

Recent stats of Ola Kamara and all Norwegian forwards to see European World Cup Qualifying time in Group C

Ola Kamara scored 16 goals in 25 games for Columbus Crew SC last year.

Before that he scored 14 goals in 29 for Molde and 12 goals in 14 for Strømsgodset in Norway's Eliteserien. So, not a one time blip.

The Molde, Stromsgodset goals gained him notice, not surprising with those tallies occurring in Norway. That led to a run of caps in 2013, 2014.

The question is. Do Major League Soccer goals not gain as much notice?

If they do, he once again deserves Norway's attention.

They'll likely be as redeemable if a Bob Bradley, who started his professional coaching career in MLS, is given the job.

Kamara understands as much:
Bradley was apparently offered the Norwegian reigns a few weeks ago.

But, as of yesterday, the job looks to be going a different route.
Hasn't been confirmed. But, Full article. Link here.

Yet, considering Joshua King of AFC Bournemouth is the only Norway NT player to have any luck in the offensive third lately (and that's if you want to be polite) you would think Ola Kamara has to be even on Ole Gunnar's radar...

Or whoever the coach happens to be. As Norway's behind not only the Germans and the Czechs, but Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland.

They need help up top. Quick. 

A new coach will look for new resolutions, players to bring in.

And the next three are winnable.

So far, Norway has a sole win against San Marino (who they still gave up a goal against) and losses to Germany, Azerbaijan, and the Czech Republic.
Norway has been outscored 7 to 5 in Group C, outscored 6 to 1 in games not against San Marino.

And only have 3 goals by forwards, 1 if it's not Joshua King.

By game

Diomande, King, and 22 year old Veton Berisha played in a 3-0 loss to Germany in Norway. With Alexander Sorloth coming off the bench.

Norway followed that up with a 1-0 loss at Azerbaijan. With King, Diomande, and Helland starting. Alexander Sorloth and Jo Inge Berget came off the bench.

This time around Berget and King started, with Diomande coming off the bench. Norway beat San Marino 4-1.

But, to be nice everyone beats San Marino. King and Diomande scored.

Then Berget and King started again, with Diomande and Elyounoussi coming off the bench. 2-1 loss against Czech Republic, King scored.

Give Ola a run out on March 26th with King and etc. Think it may help turn things around.

Ola Kamara highlights:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's for 1/19.. Columbus Crew Upcoming Preseason in Brazil

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Today's Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's:
3. Afful and his Ghanaian teammates enjoying some time away from field.
2. Rookie pick Niko Hansen gets some air time.
1. Columbus Crew upcoming preseason in Brazil.

Quote of the Day:

“He has the ability to be a very, very special center back at the next level.”
                            --Maryland associate head coach Brian Rowland on Alex Crognale. Full story here.

3.  Afful and his Ghanaian teammates enjoying some time away from field.

2. Rookie pick Niko Hansen gets some air time.

In Sacramento, California.. Which is his hometown. Cool.

1. Columbus Crew upcoming preseason in Brazil. The translated article is here.

Columbus will be the first MLS team to do a portion of their preseason in Brazil.

Starting next Monday on January 23rd, they'll stay in house at Sao Paolo FC for two weeks until a departure on February 8th.

During their time they'll face Sao Paulo FC of Serie A. In addition, they'll play two other local teams in Audax Sao Paolo and Ituano both of Serie D.

Other than Harrison Afful and Johnathan Mensah who are with Ghana at AFCON2017.

All other Columbus Crew players should be traveling and should be thankful, as that's a hell of a soccer trip.

Even Cristian Martinez should be included as his CONCACAF U-20 Tournament doesn't start until February 17th with Panama.

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

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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?

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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

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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.


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

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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?