9/21/16: Kei Returns

What do you think the reaction should be of Crew fans?

9/19/16: Crewture Thoughts vs. Orlando City

Ola is definitely our striker, Crew look better on turf, and the next few games.

9/22/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

FIFA 17 Crew SC Ratings, Bobby Rhine tribute, and more.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

9/27/16: Crowd Support Tifo For Crew vs. Fire Home Final

Not a Nordecke thing. A whole crowd thing.

Let's get over MLS Cup 2015 and a shoddy beginning to 2016. Support our players, show them some love with an entire crowd demonstration.

It's simple. Wear yellow in a yellow section, black in a black.

Let's show MLS Attendance Analyst Kei Kamara what's up, lol. Never heard of a Major League Soccer player posting attendance smack talk.

Lol, looks like 80% percent to me here. Heaven forbid some season ticket holders not showing up for Kei's return or a Crew game considering our season.

Maybe he could focus more on another Kamara's game film, learn how to score again than being a Major League Soccer attendance analyst.

Even if he perhaps has more of a future in that for FS1.

No matter. If you're going to the Columbus home finale on Saturday pay attention.

If your ticket is in a black section wear black, yellow wear yellow. Let's go hard. Get our pride back. Team is starting to step back up, let's do it too.

Our team has won two in a row. If they win three tomorrow, Saturday's home game could put us in the final playoff spot.

It's time for us fans to step up. Do our part.

A look at the playoff hunt is here.

So, lets make this happen. Go for it.

Kei laughing at us and our organization makes me laugh hard because dude plays here now right?

That intense Revolution atmosphere.

They've had near the worst attendance for years (better this year congrats), has the worst logo by a country mile, is a team that rents Tom Brady's home once a week, and what's their supporters group name?

He's probably upset because he knows "Kei Kamara is better than Ola" chant is not possible there or well any chant that would be audible.

No matter. Even if you play for Seattle embarrassing to talk about attendance of a former team. A bit baffling, desperate.

I was on his side for most of the season. Wrote it often here. Think a lot of Crew fans were. Just strange reactions.

But, I'll use any motivation. Team needed waken up, fans may need it a bit too from December 6th, 2015.

Monday, September 26, 2016

9/26/16: Hunt For A Green October (Updated)

Yesterday, I took an in depth look pertaining to the playoff hunt.

I came to the conclusion that will make the playoffs if we end up in first between these clubs throughout matches 23 to 30 and then separately matches 31 to 34.

If we win Wednesday at DC United will end up in first from Match 23 on over these clubs. Even over Wednesday's opponents DC United, who has only one loss during that time.

A win on Wednesday would make an intensifying, electric long jam for the last two playoff spots in the East.

A win would mean the standings would look like so:

Win Wednesday and gets hella interesting.

9/26/16: Ola Kamara

Last week, in a preview for yesterday's game, I broke down Ola Kamara's results this year compared to Kei's.

With 13 goals on the year Ola was in 9th in the 2016 goal scoring charts. Kei was in 17th.

I stated that if he keeps the Orlando City form going to finish off the season Ola has a chance at finishing 2 through 8.

Well, as of yesterday he did keep that form. Ola Kamara is now in 5th, Kei is in 18th.

And with 15 on the season, with another game before Bradley-Wright sees the field. Why not spot No.1? No pressure haha, he's already eclipsed expectations ridiculously.

Ola's .81 goals per 90 minutes is the best for all strikers.

The only player with better is midfielder Frank Lampard at a .86.

As far as Kei Kamara, he should open his own PR Firm after he retires. An expert at staying the story when he no longer is one.

Last night puts that story to bed for me. If Ola wins the 2016 goal scoring charts will it finally put it to bed for everyone?

Can he then get credit by Columbus fans and the league as a very damn good striker.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

9/25/16: The Hunt For A Green October

Going into today's circus maximus. I look at the playoff hunt since the point of the season the Crew decided we remembered how to win a game again.

Since that point..

Before that point we forgot for 10 games, so could say that's when the season started up again.

I'm of the thought currently one of New England, DC, Orlando is likely to end up ahead of us. They all have more points, one of the three is going to get it right.

My money is on DC. They only have one loss since week 23, they're hot right now or well warm out of all of these teams.

Of course, we must still beat them on Wednesday and luckily they're due for a loss in MLS you can't be good for too long schematics. But, they're my favorite to get the other playoff spot up for grabs between these 5 teams.

Don't fret though.

I believe in the last week of the season spot six in the Eastern Conference will be between one of these other clubs and a new player in the last spots, Montreal. Or possibly between the two teams you see today, Columbus and New England, as I think Le Impact may be Le Done.

Le Impact have a win, 2 ties, and 5 losses since Week 23. And a coach with no resume in Mauro Biello. I think the reality of that may be catching up to Montreal.

Biello finished his interim season at 7-2-2. But, the new face impact might have finally worn off.

They even recently lost 4-1 to Orlando, the same Orlando that us and DC beat 4-1 in the last two weeks. So thinking it's a tailspin.

Would've been helpful if we won some game on May 7th :thumbsdown:against them, lol. A game that has a bit to do with today.

Looking at this part of the season, DC United may have the best form, but New England has been red hot as of late to a much greater degree.

Winning in their last three. Beating Montreal, and beating tied for 1st in the East NYCFC and 2nd in the West Colorado. So today's a contest.

I think today decides which team will have a chance of overcoming Montreal in the final week, Columbus or Kei's New England.

If Columbus can get it done today and somehow get it done as well on Wednesday. With the same amount of games played as Montreal and still 1 less than NE and DC, they'll go into Game 31 with 35 points, to New England's 36, DC's 37, and Montreal's 38.

A game in hand with two spots up for grabs.

These next two games are make or break. The season quite literally.

If we win the point total in games 23-30 between these teams, and do similar 31-34 we'll be okay.

Friday, September 23, 2016

9/23/16: Two Kamara's & What To Watch For Sunday

Two Kamara's

Ola Kamara has 13 goals in 21 games. Whereas, Kei Kamara has 10 goals in 26 combined appearances for Columbus and New England this season.

Those statistics may sound much closer than they appear.

Ola has 740 less minutes on the field this season. That's over 8 games and a nice substitute appearance less than Kei.

And Ola still has three more goals.

My question is whether Ola harbors any ill thoughts to spending a good chunk of this season behind Kei.

Because with 740 more minutes on the field Ola is legitimately leading the Major League Soccer goal charts for the 2016 season.. A lot of if's go into that alternative universe, but I wouldn't bet against Ola being near 20 if he had 800 more minutes.

I'm sure he wouldn't mind that resume builder. He's near the top at goals per 90 minutes.

Ola is unlikely to catch Bradley-Wright Phillips at a monstrous 20 goals. But, if Ola's double salvo and assist against Orlando City gets him going again, he still has a fighting chance at spots 2 through 8.

If he had a full season only him and Bradley Wright Phillips are at a .75 goals per 90 minutes. Frank Lampard is the only one perhaps better, but debatable if Lampard had a full season in midfield one would think, a ridiculously impressive .86 currently.

Kei Kamara is at a unremarkable .39 this year. His .72 last year, Ola still perhaps tops. Hard to believe when you don't put wins with the goals.

So question...

Go back to around May 11th, Kei Kamara traded, but Gregg Berhalter says "I went to Sylvia Browne and she guaranteed to me that Ola Kamara will have 13 goals in the next 21 games."

Your thinking Playoffs!! Right?

I guarantee it Montel! That it might not happen!

Ok that wins at most random reference.

So What Can Solve This For Berhalter

Have this team win out and make the playoffs, simple.

I figure that's why he has until next year because currently he has the best possibility of making that happen. I mean he's been here before to slightly less extremes.

Berhalter's teams are profoundly bipolar with results season by season. 2015 MLS Cup Columbus started their first 15 games with 4 wins, 5 ties, and 6 losses. And won 7 out of their last 11 games.

Keep the same exact starting players AS THE LAST GAME, MAKE THE SAME SUBSTITUTIONS. 

Columbus hasn't got the formula right much this year so when you do, don't tinker. Berhalter tinkered after the win last time out against New England and it went not well at home against Philadelphia.

Don't let history repeat itself.

That's the Berhalter, Klinsmann types at moments. They think they can always come up with something even more groovy.

We won 4-1 far away from home in front of 30,000 fans. I think you found a winner.

Video: Kamara Showdown

Prediction: Columbus Crew 5 (Ola Kamara 28', Justin Meram 42', Ola Kamara 67', Justin Meram 81', Ethan Finlay 89'), New England 3 (Kei Kamara 7', Keylyn Rowe 48', Kei Kamara 74') I expect a crazy game with a crazy score line but Columbus gets it done for once when they need to at home.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

9/22/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

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

Yeah feel that my man.

The pond pitch looks beautiful today.

Rando Major League Soccer traditions.

Smile bro.

Here's to more hopefully for Cameron Carter-Vickers


Crewture Random Spurious Clip of the Day:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

9/21/16: Kei Returns

Last time in Columbus was below...

It's like watching two parents divorce. Yeah not as terrible but if there was a soccer equivalent.

My luke warm take. Kei's team is about the only one that the Crew have an up on currently.

The last time the two met, Columbus defeated them with relative clean sheet ease 2-0 in New England.

The 2-0 win there and 4-1 win at Orlando City is starting to make one wonder if Columbus this year only resembles a capable soccer club on turf. But, versus Kei on FS1 is nice added motivation to bring in the fans and perhaps keep a winning streak going.

Columbus, one would think, can only say "hell no" to capitulating their last hopes of playoffs against Kei. One is hoping.

And Columbus is due for a winning streak as they've about used up their losses and ties for the next four seasons.

Anyways, what do you think the reaction should be of Crew fans? I think ambivalence, rather unconcerned ambivalence if at all possible. One can pretend.

I don't see Kei or well anyone as a focal point for Crew fan anger this season. Just think, in general, there's mad random confusion about who to be mad at.. Not over the Kei situation directly, but 2016 in general.

If Kei got stick from fans, think him and his teammates get going. If he's just ignored, I think that bothers him more. Think he relatively will be. But, have no idea until Sunday.

I'm glad this all happened last year. I'm glad Kei got another chapter in Columbus. 

I don't think his outburst towards Higuaín after a 4-1 lead turned into a 4-4 tie was completely incorrect. I don't think Federico was out of control wanting someone else to take it.

I just think Kei Kamara needed to bite his tongue or he's opening the door to leave. He didn't care to go, didn't bother him to leave during that moment...

By doing this he left it in Berhalter's hands and can't completely disagree with Gregg's choice. But, was it all needed, necessary? No and that starts with Kei.

But, I think everyone from 2015, everyone in the starting 11 including Kei, lacked the necessary desire in 2016.

Hoping that changes for all parties involved.. Hell including Kei.