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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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Nordecke Name

In 2008, the front office was knocking down the supporters section to make way for a stage.

A lot of the most diehard Crew fans were quite pissed.

Then a couple of days passed and Columbus fans got to work.

Nine years later you can't move in a supporters section of 3,000 plus fans.

It's called the Nordecke. "North corner" in German.

Which is assumed, quite nicely as a tip of the cap to Columbus's German history as an area of downtown Columbus is called German Village. While an area of the city was known as The Old South End or Das Alte S眉dende by German-American residents living in southern Columbus in the 1800's.

What is the Nordecke in the simplest of terms?

On October 31st, in the Eastern Conference Semifinal at home against New York City FC I like most stood on my bleacher in the Nordecke. 

However, I shared my "seat," "standing room" with a 250 pound guy standing on the ground of the same seat below me.

Not in another row. The same one space and seat.

There was no room, no empty space.

Do you say excuse me? 


I'm an inch away from climbing onto his back. 

Well lovely.

And if it happens on goal number three embrace it I guess.

That is the Nordecke. A mass of humanity pushing for a team that represents Columbus.

Picture by Sam Fahmi/Massive Report
So, at the current moment of unbearable times try to take a deep breath, attempt to reach for a moment of hopeful zen clarity...

Maybe this is another 2008.

Much worse, the sucking of the 2007-2008 offseason can't even compare. 

But, could we turn the bottom of negative bottoms into a positive again?

Were sure as hell trying.

Picture by Sam Fahmi/Massive Report

How did the Nordecke name come about? was are only Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook fan page in 2008.

A Crew fan on Bigsoccer started a thread I believe with the idea of naming are moved section something new. Couldn't find that thread on Bigsoccer but what I remember, perhaps the thread was deleted or something?

Well, soccer is an international game and "north corner" is rather boring for a name. 

So, got the idea of trying north corner in another language and just typed "north corner" in on Babelfish in Spanish, French, Polish, Greek (haha that would've went well 馃槄).

But, I eventually got to German.

So, up pops Nordecke and was like "that's it."

No one else was pushing for a name and was kind of a turd in my early 20's so I just kept making threads with the name on the Columbus Crew forum on Bigsoccer..

Sort of naming the section that before it was named.

Not sure who the plus three were?  馃槄 

Crewfighter was my name in the early days on Bigsoccer. 

See turd.

Mentioned the name Nordecke incessantly on the fan website your reading currently as well. As I started this website in March 2008.

At the time, there were no other Crew websites other than the Crew's.

Made it much easier to have an idea take off a little less uncontested compared to what it would be like in today's current internet atmosphere. 

My first Crewture post mentions the Nordecke name briefly. 

Not much of a post. 

But, posts got better as the next month went on and kept reiterating the name on this website and BigSoccer before the season opener that year against Toronto F.C. 

I guess a few people put Nordecke in at the time as their location.

Mine above is Claddagh's Roof, a previous soccer bar in Columbus where we made a tifo on the roof once.

Listening to early 20's me is painful. 馃槄

So, why am I bringing this up? I think we turned what could've been a total crap negative into a ridiculous positive. 

I'm starting to get the feel that it could be reoccurring again. 

At least I'm getting hopeful deja vu. 

In addition, had a situation a week ago where the topic came up.

A week ago I picked up the phone when a Crew ticket rep called. 

I think for the first time in 35 attempts as I never pick up when they call.

But, guess I was interested in what it could possibly be about as already had my ticket for Tuesday.

Anyways, turned out to be a oddly good conversation that lasted a hour and 25 minutes. 馃槸馃槄 

Was my day off. But, sort of had an interest in trying to get a feel of the mood in there as well.

The guy was like good first time to go to a game.

He was talking about the NYCFC playoff game. 馃槄

Laughed a little inside and responded not really my first time bud. Have had my own Crew website for 9 years and came up with the "Nordecke" name.

Pretty sure he thought I was crazy. He said if you ever find the post for that let me know.

Further, call me wild but what about some software Crew SC with some footnotes on every ticket buyer? 

Is it really that pricey to save a paragraph of info on every fan who purchases a ticket, their purchases, and what they do as a fan?

The guy was great actually. He grew up in the same small town as my sister's husband near where I'm from in Western Pennsylvania. Small world.

A couple weeks before that had another friend from the section that brought up searching for it on BigSoccer. 

I ignored it. Don't think it really matters. But, maybe it does or at least could be a good, different story.

This Bigsoccer thread in 2008 was the first mention I've found.

Other interesting screen grabs from early 2008:

Just kept calling the section Nordecke, threw it around on several threads, and by game one or two of 2008 it stuck on.

The tip of the cap to Columbus's German heritage is a nice thought as the most common ancestry in the city is German still by 20% in the 2000 census

But, as I've mentioned I'm from Western Pennsylvania. 

Didn't live in Columbus until August 2008 so at the time wasn't really aware that an area of the city even was called German Village. 

Nonetheless, that background likely made the name have meaning and popularity. Makes a lot more sense at least if you connect it to that history.

But just was a bit of dumb luck. 

Regardless I think some things are just meant to be.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Most Newsworthy or Under The Radar for 11/18

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 11/18: Crew SC's most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 11/18. 

Turn it all the way up

They wanted the heat turned down.

Appears that it isn't working so well. 馃槄

And as the stories are now nationwide McBride gave a shout out today on Twitter to his local paper for a Columbus Crew story.

Latest video

Speaking of Brian McBride, I included his Circle of Honor presentation from 2011 in my latest video.

Wanted to make a video of the players over the years.

Grabbed over 30 minutes of stuff that includes Stern John, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Wil Hesmer, Andy Greunebaum, Federico Higuain, Danny O'Rourke, Jeff Cunningham, Dante Washington, Duncan Oughton, Justin Meram, Robert Warzycha, Brian Maisonneuve, Mike Clark and several others. 

So there's a few more videos like this to come.

Milton Valenzuela 

Ten days ago, I came across the Valenzuela rumor. As needed a break from some #SaveTheCrew blues the one day.

Newell's Old Boys didn't accept the original Crew's offer of $400,000. But, apparently the Crew counter-offered a few days ago for $1 million.


Valenzuela plays left back, so may be perhaps the last season for either Raitala or Francis or both.

As Hector Jimenez has been the number one at left back for the last few months.

Friday, November 17, 2017

We Will Give Them Something

I think we should have an interest in a fan and community sponsor run COLUMBUS CREW in any league. 

I would perhaps even support it more now, if possible, outside of MLS. 

A league run by people that care about tradition, honor, and a club and stadium that likely saved this league from extinction a couple of decades ago with their decision to build a stadium.

Called anything else screw that. 

But, Columbus til' I die. 

Columbus Crew til' I die. 

Get Watt and the Columbus Partnership to get a team in NASL or USL or something at worse in 2019.

We have a Soccer Specific Stadium to play in, in 2019. Why not?

If the home of dos a cero and The House that Lamar Built isn't good enough for them. But, Yankees Stadium is. Screw them.

Will take this beautiful field elsewhere.

Will be doing better than Precourt in 2019.

Imagine a 10,000 filled Texas Memorial Stadium while were over here rocking.

Will be run by an organization of Watt, community businesses, and fans.

Will put all of our baskets in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for once. 

Will win it and play in the Confederations Cup.

While they suffer, we will achieve and achieve and achieve.

Make it the worst damn decision of their lives. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ola Kamara's Highlights for Norway today vs. Slovakia

ABOVE: Ola Kamara congratulates Martin Skrtel, former Liverpool, current Fenerbahce centerback 

Ola Kamara played 20 minutes for Norway today in a 1-0 loss in Slovakia.

Actually looked to me like an improved performance for Ola; as Kamara was the only Norwegian attacking player that bothered to make a run at Slovakian defenders.

In addition, for the second game in a row if another Norwegian player would've passed the ball to a wide open Ola would've been 1-0 again (:54 second mark in below video).

Monday, November 13, 2017

VIDEO: Won't be our final song

It won't be our final song, but perhaps it should be yours in sports Anthony Precourt.

Music by:

Highlights of Harrison Afful in yesterday's international 1-1 tie for Ghana vs. Egypt

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ola Kamara's first start for Norway since 2014 ends in 2-0 loss

A solid write up here from VG Norway.

Norway fans didn't seem too amazed overall. Which regarding that last shot can't really blame them there.

However, hopefully Ola receives a second chance on Tuesday.

Kamara didn't score in his first 230 minutes on the field for Columbus. 

Was blanked in his first two starts before unloading a hat trick the next game against Real Salt Lake.

If he does go again it's on ESPN 3 on Tuesday so will have more highlights for you.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Austin City Council Meeting Yesterday

ABOVE: Richard Suttle representing Precourt Sports Ventures at the Austin City Council

A truncated version of yesterday's Austin City Council Vote on Item 46.

Which was to a
pprove a resolution directing the City Manager to identify City-owned sites that could be used by a Major League Soccer team, as well as community benefits that could be generated by such a use.

If you have some time to burn here is the whole 45 minute video if you scroll down to Item 46.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 11/8.. Most Newsworthy or Under The Radar

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 11/8: Crew SC's most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 11/8. 

Image result for Milton Valenzuela
ABOVE: Milton Valenzuela plays left back for Argentina U20's

Crew SC interested in Milton Valenzuela and make $400,000 to $700,000 offer to Newell's Old Boys. 

Crew SC offered $400,000 for Milton Valenzuela and are as well interested in Newell's 20 year old midfielder Joaquin Torres.

Link to Planet Newell's above link. Where above image appears on Facebook.

The offer has made the rounds elsewhere. Hernan Cabrera who first mentioned transfer online yesterday from what I saw (and I guess others as apparently you can't mention Crewture found the news 馃槄) mentions $400,000 offer as well.

Racing Club of Argentina perhaps made a similar offer for 70 percent at $700,000.
I'm not sure if everything in Argentina just works by Twitter hearsay 馃槄 or if there is an article somewhere with all of these details (EDIT: found one below).

But, if Racing offer is true Crew SC's new offer would have to be at least $700,000.

And apparently Crew SC isn't the only Major League Soccer team with an interest in Milton. As unsurprisingly Atlanta United and it's Argentine manager Gerardo Martino is also hunting Milton along with a few other Argentinian players.

They already captured Newell's Franco Escobar and apparently the cash strapped Newell's Old Boys has put Valenzuela up for sell and now Racing Club, the Columbus Crew, and Atlanta United are all asking questions.

Apparently the Crew are prepared to improve their offer. 
Or perhaps already have. A well done news article on Valenzuela transfer appears here by El Ciudadano that already says Crew have made a $700,000 offer.

Board of directors said $400,000 offer was insufficient. So perhaps offer was already improved to $700,000 and cash strapped Newell's Old Boys is considering.

Crew SC have gone nearly this young before with previous Jhon Murillo offer.

The 21 year old Venezuelan Benfican midfielder was given $3.1 million offer by Crew this Summer which Benfica turned down. Benfica preferred instead to keep player on the books by sending him on loan to Kasimpasa of the Turkish Super Lig.

The Crew ended up with 29 year old Pedro Santos instead.

Murillo has scored 3 goals in 10 appearances so far for Kasimpasa.

is also apparently interested in another right winger, possible attacking midfielder in Newell's Old Boys 20 year old Joaquin Torres.

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The analytics behind #SaveTheCrew

Very cool from Voxx Analytics
Which makes one wonder if this is the face of whoever in the #CrewSC office created the #ClaimGlory hashtag when they check #SaveTheCrew.

As unless you want to count this, I've used #ClaimGlory zero times

Talk about being a bit outshone by your fans on the social media. 

Precourt just apparently wants to be in Austin. A dream of his.

From Tony Galiffo

Random cool:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Crew after 19 year old Argentine left back

Image result for Milton Valenzuela

Appears to be the case looking at Twitter today.

The offer has at least been made for the Newell's Old Boys left back Milton Valenzuela.

Valenzuela has started six games for Newell's Old Boys this season in Superliga Argentina and two for Argentina in the U20 World Cup.

Looking at the comments on Cabrera's tweet above doesn't appear to be the most popular move perhaps?

Regardless, looking for a left back means Raitala is more than likely on his way in the offseason.

Jimenez is just a solution for now possibly at that position.

Ola Kamara called up to Norwegian national team. Crew fans may want it to be at another time.

Congrats to Ola Kamara. If anyone deserves an international call up after scoring 34 goals in two seasons it's Ola.

Or well anyone that scores 34 professional goals in two seasons well deserves an international call up. 

Norway's manager Lars Lagerback must of went to the Precourt school of thought. 

However, the call up would've been perhaps better at any other time over the last year and a half.

And has Crew fans even pondering the conspiracy theories.

Ola Kamara will have a week to recoup between Norway's second match against Slovakia and the big Eastern Conference Final against Toronto FC on November 21st.

Ola and Norway will play Macedonia in Macedonia on Saturday, November 11th. Followed up by Slovakia in Slovakia on Tuesday, November 14th.

"It's a great feeling to move on. The season just gets better and better," said Ola Kamara.
"Becoming the first Norwegian to (be in a MLS final) would be the biggest thing I have done."
Crew fans are just hoping he's healthy. 
Noah Murray/ USA Today
But, should be as watchful for Harrison Afful as well. Harry has been called up by Ghana on November 12th.
Without Afful's goal in the final stages of the leg one game against NYCFC we're probably out.
Just hope both enjoy but are smart out there.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Never know what can make a difference. So try anything

Because you never know what can make a difference. 

I think all that have thirty minutes, a hour should send a thoughtful message out to Austin's Mayor and these council members.
They could ignore.

And likely will ignore most. 

But, if the only interest in the story is coming from fans of the team in another city then perhaps they'll think differently.

Not want to make their first professional top tier team in their city this story.

My try:

Could be pointless. Saw a message or two on Twitter saying shouldn't be our focus. Should focus on supporting our team in the stands.

Well we got two weeks and today was my day off. So, can't hurt.

Who knows what they could connect with. I'm sure one or two, likely all eleven, have bigger hearts and an ability to connect, care compared to Anthony Precourt.

Crew vs. NYCFC Leg 2: The Game, Players, and Fans

Noah Murray/ USA Today

Top Performances from Match:

Columbus were without a chance of surviving until the introduction of Lalas Abubakar as a third center back.

Along with Kekuta Manneh relieving some pressure, gaining corner kicks, wasting some valuable time.

I'll give Berhalter credit for finding a way. As it didn't look very promising after the second goal early on in the second half.

At that point I was moving my jacket around attempting to find a resting spot that could lead to a goal.

Yeah I'm nuts. 馃槄

When it got too daunting to watch I held my cat, staring at him and whispering everything is going to be okay in an attempt to comfort oneself.

Then my power went out for 30 second intervals in the 88th and 91st minute to almost take care of that. 

As I turned the TV back on, I was like if there's a NYCFC celebration going on I'll lose my mind.

Crew fans at Yankee Stadium Sunday

Also, here is a short video of Sunday night's action if you want to um relive all the fun.

Somewhat more enjoyable over 2 minutes compared to 90.

See you on the 21st!