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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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dante Washington makes great point on Crew stadium search locally

Washington scored 28 goals in 77 Crew appearances.

 Link to entire ABC 6 interview.

"Anthony Precourt has said were going to move unless we get a stadium but I can't remember a time when he has said I've talked to Mayor Coleman I've talked to Mayor Ginther and I've asked them for a stadium I've gone to all these different people locally saying I want a stadium." -former Crew forward Dante Washington

Seems to not be a problem for Precourt in Austin.

In two months he has eight possible sites. 
My question.. Would it have killed Precourt to do a similar referendum of locations in Columbus? A similar process before making a threat?

The four years prior to that in Columbus how many stadium sites were looked at by Precourt? 

My bet is a solid none.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Respect Your Roots Video

One business metric were not lacking in is passion.

Too bad passion and heart don't count as currency for MLS.

Alejandro Moreno puts himself out there for #SaveTheCrew

Others should to.

Other players especially.

Dante Washington has kicked ass. McBride has done some really nice things. Players like Will Hesmer and Andy Greunebaum have written supportive messages on Twitter.

But others?

His "this is what I'm going to do." 

Is the difference between MLS Cup champion and good efforts.
His wearing of the #SaveTheCrew scarf led me to purchase my own too. 

Not as dramatic.. πŸ˜… 

Yet, going to wear it at the MLS SuperDraft and Soccer Job Conference surrounding it that I'm going to in January. 

I'm from, live in Western Pennsylvania so mise well. 

I've already been ignored enough on soccer jobs for every other reason... Including I may suck. 😎

So if someone doesn't like it. Who gives a damn?

Think this is a bit of the problem with a lot of American soccer players. 

Too conscious and giving a damn. Far too nice.

If your not playing currently. A message of support won't kill you.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Zardes rumor mean Ola headed to Europe?

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There's only one homegrown player that makes more then Wil Trapp and that is Gyasi Zardes.

Wil Trapp is at $350,000 in 2017 guaranteed compensation. 

Zardes currently is at $577,500 guaranteed compensation.

Here's something as well from ESPN earlier this Summer.

Ola Kamara is in the second season of a four-year contract, so his current deal has some time left to run. But one source said that there were multiple offers from foreign teams during the just concluded summer transfer window, and that Kamara will explore moves away from MLS after the conclusion of the current season. Link.

Ola is 28. The considered peak for strikers.

Prior to moving to Columbus Kei Kamara was more of a winger like Zardes is currently.

That likely means if Steven Goff is correct today...
Without Zardes taking a pay cut, a starter is likely on their way out for Columbus if Zardes is coming in.
Santos was just signed, Meram and Higuain are not going anywhere, so.. That leaves me here.
This is true as there has been this rumor.
And this one.
And this.

Now the Crew picked up a contract option on Ola on December 1st, but earlier in the year an extended contact hit an impasse.

So, if Zardes comes in I wouldn't be surprised if Ola was trying to make sure he's with Norway for the next Euro run.

Can't blame him with Norway's lack of belief in the MLS game. Although a Norwegian international may join the LA Galaxy now in Jorgen Skjelvik. Link.

Skjelvik played 45 for Norway recently against Slovakia. Ola Kamara played 20 minutes as well in that same game. 

Skjelvik also played 90 in World Cup qualifiers versus Azerbaijan and Germany earlier this year.

But, may just be more Ola testing himself. If Naess can go to SC Heerenveen, Ola can test himself at similar or better.

In addition the 2019 Columbus Crew may not be the best atmosphere for any player to focus so couldn't blame him or any player that has a variety of options.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Manneh trial ends

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 12/8: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 12/8. 

Manneh trial ends

Haven't heard anything good or bad as no articles yet that have pointed out the impression made.

However, the trial was mentioned on Tuesday and he was in Columbus Thursday. Which seems kind of quick for an overseas trial?

Perhaps Manneh didn't get a fair shake as a head coach change was made at Union Berlin the day before the trial move. Link.

Could be possible that the former coach Jens Keller was interested in Manneh but the new coach Hofschneider wasn't too hot on any former decisions.

The fast trial is probably why Manneh mentioned Austin, Texas's weather or he is headed there today. He's from there. 

Alvaro Rey stinks it up in Poland

He left the Crew in July 2014 for personal reasons after being traded to the Crew in June 2014. 

He played 2 games.

Well Polish side Arka Gdynia picked him up this Summer. Played him for a half and got rid of him halfway through their season. Link

Karma's a bitch.

Kei could be on move again

A Major League Soccer source suggests the Vancouver Whitecaps are trying to complete a trade with the New England Revolution to land veteran striker Kei Kamara. Link.

Overall, I'll give Berhalter and the Crew credit on when they parted ways with the star striker.

As appears we got the last best moments out of Kei in MLS in 2015.

Which is acceptable really, Kei has 98 goals in MLS and is 33.

The peak for strikers is Ola's age 28. Not so much 31 to 33.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Headed to the MLS SuperDraft in January

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In Philadelphia again in January 2018.

I'm going to the Soccer Career Conference in Philadelphia surrounding MLS SuperDraft week. One of the things you get is a seat at the MLS SuperDraft.

Guess a one time positive about being in and from Western Pennsylvania. Yet, still a nice trek. 

So why I bought?

Have a Masters degree in Sport Management. I filmed, produced Division I College Soccer at Duke, Maryland (Crognale and Steffen were both playing in the game I produced in 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-6StyLh8lg&t=409s), Louisville, UC Santa Barbara, Tulsa, two US Youth Soccer Championships, Army vs. Navy at PPL Park and etc. Was Media Manager for Dayton Dutch Lions FC in their inaugural season in 2010. Also have had this website forever, came up with the Nordecke name surrounding the start of this website.

So working in soccer has always been or more like was a dream of mine. Sort of gave it up. Actually my mother came across, got the notice on her phone for something I used her phone for before and she saw this conference. I thought at worst could be a nice Crew story, at best I'm no longer a Red Lobster waiter. Btw, try the new Yucatan Shrimp and Tilapia if you go anytime soon worthwhile. 😊

So, that's why I'm mentioning. Could be able to grab a Crew story. I'm all for thoughts on how I should tackle that? At worst going to grab my own SuperDraft footage.

I just don't believe in things just coming up per chance so said screw it. Bought access, got a hotel.

I have my own Canon XHA1. Not going to be walking around like a doofus with it all week when I'm supposed to be at a conference. But, have a Samsung S8 that has good quality when I need to be a little less noticeable. But, will be filming the draft since may be our last damn MLS pick.

Just wanted some thoughts on what I should try? If you click the link should be quite a lot of MLS GM's and Presidents there, as well as commentators, personalities like Tommy Smyth. Don't know if the list of speakers has been reported yet? But maybe I could try to get into contact with someone on that list beforehand when it does come out.

Any thoughts welcome.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Artur is returning

Sao Paulo on Tuesday sold Artur, 21, to the Columbus Crew. Link.

The wheel was loaned until the end of this season to the American team, who exercised the purchase preference for 1.5 million dollars (R $ 4.86 million). 

The proposal rejected last week had similar molds, but the tricolors held the deal, completed on Tuesday.

In Germany on Trial with Union Berlin, Kekuta Manneh has another interesting behind the scenes scenario

Kekuta Manneh goes from one front office controversy to another.

A day before Manneh's trial announcement with the Bundesliga 2 club Union Berlin the club moved a new head coach up the ranks.

As Andre Hofschneider was moved up from Union Berlin's U-19 squad to take over the main squad for Jens Keller in the middle of the season.

Well, they must be a dross, useless team right? 

Eh not really... Union Berlin is in 4th place.
Keller has or had the club currently in 4th in Bundesliga 2 and two wins (six points) from first.

Nevertheless he got the ax.

"It's a tough cut we make because we think it's necessary. With our style of play and the results of the last few weeks, we did not live up to the demands that we formulated clearly and clearly underpinned the design of the squad in the summer," said front office bro Lutz Munack.

Out at Union: Coach Jens Keller here in the 1: 2 defeat in Bochum on Sunday

A day later.
Regardless think its a possible great move for Manneh. He has nothing to lose.

Manneh has done enough in Major League Soccer for a 22 year old and oddly Bundesliga 2 is a chance for more playing time as Berhalter has people he just won't sit.

A Bit of a "You Know What" To Homegrown Players and Their Families

Alex Crognale

MLS academies are a work in progress, but Garber maintains that they’re a key development to Major League Soccer. 

“We’re spending $30 million and have probably doubled that in infrastructure investments,” he says. “Now we have 50 homegrown players signed by MLS. Ten years ago it wasn’t on our radar screen.”

That was in 2014. 

Now the number of homegrown players is 84. The amount spent on academies a few years later is $50 million per team. 

Further there is even a Homegrown Team that plays every year during the All-Star break.

All-Star - 2017 - Homegrown Game Opponent Announcement

The list of Major League Soccer homegrown players includes Jordan Morris, Diego Fagundez, Kellyn Acosta, recently USMNT capped Tyler Adams, Gyasi Zardes, and Newcastle United's Deandre Yedlin. 

The definition is usually a bit loose on who qualifies but one that definitely does as a homegrown all the way is Wil Trapp.

Columbus Crew's captain is number 2 in pay out of the 84 current Homegrown players, only behind Gyasi Zardes in yearly payment.

Since 2008 there has been 175 homegrown signings yet only three teams in MLS have seen their homegrown signings combine for more than 20,000 career minutes at their club according to Four Four Two

Those teams are D.C. United, the New England Revolution, and FC Dallas.

Wil Trapp alone has almost 11,000 career minutes at 10,985 for Columbus. 

Perhaps with a productive cohort in Alex Crognale the Columbus Crew can be team number four on that 20,000 minute list.

Worth a good bet as Crew rookie and former academy product Alex Crognale is already a MLS Team of the Week award winner and already over 1,000 MLS minutes at 1,069 with 12 starts.

So what is the reward for two legitimate academy products that went onto college soccer and then came back to their local team after?

What about to their parents that built them into what a Major League Soccer Homegrown Player should be and gave the Crew, Major League Soccer their money and their time?

I'm sure Don Garber didn't have in mind having such players parents having to demonstrate and champion a cause and resolution to save the Major League Soccer team that your child is a Homegrown player for?

But, Wil Trapp's father and Alex Crognale's mother yesterday.

They wouldn't be two to complain but someone should for them.

Despite only having two Homegrown's currently Crew are 7th on the following list.

Perhaps its time to go the route of Sunil Gulati now Garber? You've done great things over the years but it's good to be aware when Major League Soccer needs a change.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 12/4

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 12/4: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 12/4. 

USL, NASL Attendance

USL may have quite a little league if they could get rid of MLS 2 teams.

Crew move would halt tradition with daughter

Not Arace or Erickson but a nice write-up by Ken Gordon from The Columbus Dispatch talks about effect move can have on a lot of fans and their traditions, not just season ticket holders and Nordecke regulars. 

Playoff run

Is this our last playoff run? 

If so thanks to the players for a few more important games, some hope, and a nice respite from a whole lot of suck.

Was fun.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Crew offered $1.4 million to keep Artur, 50% of rights

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 12/3: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 12/3. 

Crew offered $1.4 million to keep Artur, 50% of rights

A Brazilian article from a few days prior explained what was occurring on the transfer front with all Sao Paulo borrowed, loaned players. Found this last part on Artur interesting.

Finally, the flier Artur with the Columbus Crew, the team that plays for the Eastern Conference Major League Soccer (MLS) final. The American club has an interest in keeping the 21-year-old holder of the team and offered R $ 4.8 million to Sao Paulo for 50% of the athlete's economic rights. The SΓ£o Paulo Tricolor refused the amount and negotiations are expected to extend through the month of December.

$4.8 million Brazilian Real translates to $1,473,264 dollars for 50% of Artur's economic rights.

Negotiations didn't make it much further into December as Artur was allowed to return outright to Sao Paulo days later.

a gente se vΓͺ

I think we will see the 21 year old Brazilian defensive midfielder again because the guy can legitimately ball. Not with Columbus  πŸ˜“ unfortunately but I see bigger things for him eventually.

Great job by Artur this season and by Berhalter for making the acquisition. Was a real joy to watch him play.

Other Crew moves:


I thought Hollingsworth had some good goals (one great one), interesting highlights from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds this year. Would not be surprised to see him again. Ben Sweat 2.0.

Don't get the point of the Obinwa transfer? I guess Columbus found out what Hannover did.

Saravia is a bit surprising to me. What's the point of putting out on loan just to cut him at the end of the season?

I may be in a small camp but would be cool with that.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Farewell & Thank You To Crew Players on to the Next Chapter

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 12/2: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 12/2. 

Brad Stuver and Waylon Francis say there goodbyes

Farewell and thank you!

#SaveTheCrew Lalas sticker

Good point. 

So, I think he's just pissed that Garber got stuck in traffic for their big interview.

Were not done yet!

Trust that.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 11/30

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 11/30: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 11/30. 

Toronto fans welcome Austin before yesterday's game.

Sometimes dicks win.

Sure it's great that Michael Bradley is such an open and awe inspiring guy that just says how he feels.

Well when Bradley finally got around to saying something. 
And of course those comments were right when they have to be so vigorously defended by everyone in their organization.

I didn't think the booing was right of Bradley either. 

I didn't take part and was like "what the hell?" during the game as I can appreciate his effort over his career for the United States. 

In addition, eleven men played against Trinidad and Tobago not eleven Bradley's. 

But, in all honesty couldn't give a shit about missing the World Cup currently. Can any of us? 

As personally the Columbus Crew in Columbus is much more important to me compared to another second round exit. 

Thought about posting something after and then saw Bradley's comments and was like nevermind that. 

But, obviously the booing affected Bradley much more then he cares to admit. 

Otherwise why throw fans under a bus? Why do you bother otherwise?

Some doesn't make a whole nevertheless. 

I saw TFC fans wishing the best at the last game and taking pictures with Crew fans when I was exiting the stadium.

I've heard about other less positive encounters but overall was a hell of a lot more positive compared to 2008 to 2010.

Yet when your team and overall organization is like "hey fuck those guys. They deserve no respect." Especially when one of those involved in the trash talking has a ton of great memories in Columbus for the US National Team. Might as well join in.

Major League Soccer fans have been incredible overall. 

The above surprises me but not so much. Remember the picture of a TFC fan pissing in front of a Columbus church? πŸ˜”
I've read Red Patch Boys when we had our little Trillium Cup fun and can tell they care a ton about their team. 

So would be hard for me to get any joy out of a similar situation. Or care when I have this very good team in an awesome stadium currently.

In addition, I'm honestly glad for Toronto and that manufactured rivalry. In 2008, when Toronto brought 2,000 fans to the season opener in Columbus it had an affect that offseason. 

Crew fans got to business, forming the Nordecke in a new section of the stadium a lot quicker than an opener against FC Dallas would've done.

But hey you put someone in a nice new house and they quickly forget their previous version was sort of shit. 

As I remember a very 90's high school football looking BMO Field (as the SUN's Kurtis Larson describes Mapfre Stadium) in 2008 and 2009.

Went to two away games there.

The changes their front office have made to that stadium have been absolutely incredible. 

If Hunt Jr. or Precourt could've once invested. 

Could've once made any dramatic change.

If we were for once in the last 10 years not owned by a trust fund baby who couldn't give a shit less about the team.

I believe we would impress across the board in similar fashion to Sporting Kansas City's turn around.

But, it's been a minute since we've had anyone with money or owning the team who has given a fuck about us. 

Would be nice.

So I hope Toronto enjoys MLS Cup.

And everyone else does if anyone else watches it? 

As there goes your one interesting storyline for the final. I really don't think Garber is doing a dance.

A second matchup between Toronto and Seattle in Canada when your an American soccer league. Wonderful.


300,000 views if your lucky.

Karma is a bitch.

I think Precourt is starting to understand such.

And for those that stand in the middle of what is good and right I think they'll get what is coming to them.

Nothing is over.

Thanks to the players

Santos and Wil Trapp played incredible games last night.

Zack Steffen was his usual amazing.

Thanks for the run guys and all of your hard work this season.

Were not done yet!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 11/27

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 11/27: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 11/27. 

Around the world, around the world.

Yesterday Columbus Crew #SaveTheCrew signs showed up at The Big House in Michigan.

And then quite a sign also made an appearance in Adelaide, Australia at the Adelaide United vs. Western Sydney Wanderers game. Check out the 11/26 version.

Today we've seen pictures in Scotland 
And Paris, France. Oui!

More locally

There's at least a couple #SaveTheCrew shoutouts at any tri-state sporting event.

At Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals

I'm hoping

This was all some ploy for Major League Soccer and the Columbus Crew to receive better playoff viewership ratings.
Well even if preferred that would still be some messed up torture.