Three in the Back

Looking over different three in the back player options.

Win at DC United

At least were not DC and goalless, imagine that start.

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.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

3/30/17: Kekuta to Crew SC is a Low Risk, Strong Bet


His twitter handle: @kekuta16 



May be a good, okay move for both clubs considering both players could fill a discernible gap better for both.

Sort of a no loss move for Columbus with Tchani not making the 18 and us having at least two, perhaps three other starting quality DM's (Trapp, Artur, and Abu). In addition, Naess is a solid enough fourth.

In retrospect, the Whitecaps had Russel Teibert (DM) and Alphonso Davies (RM) in positions on March 18th where Tony Tchani would go or perhaps could go in a 2-0 loss at home to Toronto. 

Never hear of them? Me either. 

If you're in need of similar enlightenment both are Canadian homegrown players for Vancouver. 

About all you need to know to know Tchani is likely an upgrade.

In addition, perhaps the Whitecaps feel that they have other players like Manneh in Mazqueida, Bolanos, Montero, Hurtado, and Shea if you want to be generous.

Either way Manneh has still started 2 out of their 3 games and has played 136 more minutes than Tchani so far this year.

Yet, this story mentions that Carl Robinson may have been looking to get something for Manneh while he still can. 

Could be losing him anyway. Last year of contract.

If Columbus can't or don't re-sign him they keep the 1st round pick that they gave up in this deal for next year.

In comparison, Columbus needs someone in attack finishing more chances.

Were top in the league at shots on goal and the Opta expected goals. But, have 7 goals.

Vancouver needs an upgrade or two in the non-attacking half of midfield and Columbus could use another wing, attacking option.

The $300,000 K in allocation is because the 22 year old Manneh with over 100 caps and over 20 goals in MLS already is just a bit more of a commodity.

Especially if you can talk him into a longer contract. If not, you've lost your current 4th string DM for a season and gained a solid attacker for a season.

Despite what Tchani's real worth might be. If that's what you think as Berhalter then it's a low risk, strong bet. 

GSH's for 3/30..

Kekuta Manneh comes to Columbus in Tony Tchani trade.

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's:
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QUOTEABLE:
A new one on the quoteable checklist. 

Gaven..
Hansen

I'm hopeful mmm bop doesn't become a thing on Hansen goals.
If there is a lord.

Then I guess if mmm bop is necessary for 10 Hansen goals this year... Mmm bop all day. Make it the celebration song on all his goals. πŸ˜„ Can get behind that.

Wonder what was going on in that pause for Burgess after the game winner last week.

What can I say, what can I say to encapsulate this special moment in a time machine that Niko can show his grandchildren.

Oh I know...

Schelotto..
Kamara
I'm thinking the ones closer to yellow. Can't lose with yellow.

Blue and red, with yellow... Let's not go back to any of that.

Hejduk..
Tchani

Tchani trade rumors? Anyone else hear similar? 

I have a cat. He doesn't tell me much.

If he isn't in Berhalter's plans at all, Tchani should've moved before the season.

But, I think Berhalter was unsure and now might be more sure. Which is fine.

Better than trigger decisions; as I think Berhalter has learned.

There is no source that points to discussions being raised. But, even a thought on a discussion opens up some mid-season thoughts if things continue to go rather well.

Edit: As writing, Link. Thanks Tony for your work over the years.
I'm thinking Duka more than likely is.

I also wonder about some others, like Berhalter's best friend Hector Jimenez.

I had to double check the roster to make sure he was still here this year. 😏 I haven't seen him in the background of a picture even.

I'm a pro.

As far as Cristian, I think it was a run out of options decision to send him to Pittsburgh. Berhalter had no choice because of international spots.


But, Martinez is always included in everything else as much as possible. 

Kid is young. He was playing at Chorrillo F.C. in Panama so it's not like his growth is currently being stifled in USL.

Yet, like Saravia, he does deserve to be loaned out somewhere better if there is an interest.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

GSH's for 3/29..


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QUOTEABLE:
"We have to continue to put in the same effort... We're not relaxing."

Maybe there is a reason why Trapp isn't relaxing..

Gaven..
🚨
Don't know how to break this to you but......

Not a ton going on. 

Can't even be oddly mad about capos anymore, if that was your thing.
Eh pretty sure it already has. Nothing says hot button like 2 likes, 2 replies. Even Crewture can do that once in a while.

Just no anger over anything is an odd feeling for a Crew fan....

There has to be something to be mad about in Crew land. Even fake anger is okay. Help? Someone.

Schelotto..
College Nordeck

Do we still have a kids Nordeck? Just put a College Nordeck in some other empty part of the stadium. 

Just put a keg stand in the middle there. 

And some other things that college people like? Like Kesha songs? Ditzy girls you would never date. I don't know. I'm too old.

Hejduk..
Crew Assistant Josh Wolff Was In RSL Job Hunt

Ownership wanted a disciplinarian? πŸ˜ƒ

Why couldn't either be? How would you know either way?
Is it because Wolff is 40 and not an old grandpa.

Just sort of demeaning in my opinion to be like "yeah we didn't pick him, but this is why."


I have like 8 wives. I'm a disciplinarian.
Good luck RSL in your search. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

GSH's for 3/28..



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Gaven..
Raitala

Jukka Raitala played the full 90 today for Finland in a 1-1 tie at Austria, playing on Afful's right side. Link.



He played no part in their World Cup qualifying loss/not much of a contest to Turkey on Friday.

Turkey won 2-0, scoring both goals in the first 13 minutes.

Schelotto..
Hockey

Crew SC checking out some Columbus Blue Jackets hockey tonight.


Hejduk..
Capo stuff

Alright idea to check what can be done better. Link.

If you want some input weekly, perhaps field topics in Reddit or somewhere akin before making survey; To help create questions for fans to discuss that could help improve even more.

Or it was pretty popular. Likely a non-issue now. So just let go. 

Could be beneficial if given a forum somewhere for fans to generate questions for a few days after a home game. Otherwise, only ones putting it up for debate and keeping a hot button issue are the ones that brought it along.

Think anyone that could hear could agree we sounded better.

Per usual..

Monday, March 27, 2017

GSH's for 3/27.. Hansen, Tifo, Crew SC Internationals

Picture by Sam Fahmi/The Massive Report, Link to more pictures

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Quoteable:
“It was a little bit of figuring out if it was real or not,” Hansen said afterwards with a laugh. “It’s unbelievable; there’s so many things you want to think in that moment.”



Gaven..
Hansen

After I said last week the DC United commentators were so bad, I even wished for Dwight Burgess and Neil Sika. Niko Hansen scores his first ever Crew goal and Burgess goes with a Mmm bop.

Who knew with Berhalter's man crush for Scandinavians that he would have better luck finding a good one in the MLS Draft.




Maybe Berhalter does know what he's doing? Famous last words, will now lose the next twenty games.

Just my sarcasm, it's how I protect myself.. πŸ˜‰

Just had a very off year in 2016. Not alone. Could say the same for Portland, Porter. Yet, if Portland's that good without Nagbe and Guzman would not be shocked to see them around again come December.

This score, this time around though. Same surroundings is fine.



Both teams just need to be a little more proactive with their roster turnovers when things are going good the next go around.

Ok with that for Portland fans as well; as can respect far more than Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, Orlando, or well anyone else. 

Just Porter is annoying, so watch him be the Crew SC coach in 7 years.

In addition on the Hansen talk, Meram stated Hansen reminds him a lot of himself in the beginning. But, may be more of a compliment to Meram. 

Denmark could already use him if their pinging their future hopes on Emil Larsen πŸ˜… and company. Larsen still played for Denmark in the Olympics in Brazil after last year on the bench with Columbus.


And there never catching my Poland. Which somehow went from complete crap surrounding Lewandowski and Piszczek to the rest of the team at PSG, Monaco, Napoli, and elsewhere in the Premier League or Serie A.

So would keep an eye on for the next year or two if I was Arena. Think Hansen may be a diamond in the rough type. But, a step above. Would like to surround Pulisic with some other skilled on the ball players eventually. 

And if either Hansen or Meram could play on the right side. Can either? I would consider one on Finlay's side who had a difficult game again.

But, of course still stayed in. I swear he's secretly Berhalter's son.

Meram was the sub, despite playing better. πŸ˜‘

Schelotto..
Tifo



And a description of rationalization behind Tifo. Quite clever. Well done.
Keep them coming please. Love some Crew SC tifo porn. 

Actually my favorite type πŸ˜„.. Because I'm weird.

This one looks pretty intense.. Were there 5 sheets covering the section and then replaced with 5 others? If so πŸ‘ dang.

A bit daring. Props.

Hejduk..
Crew SC ruing the chances for some internationals?

Image result for jukka raitala finland

Harrison Afful is doing just fine.

But, I wonder if it led to Mensah finding his way on the bench for the 2017 AFCON's for Ghana? Guess we will see with the next Ghana coach.

Could've been something already in Avram Grant's mind since Mensah wasn't exactly killing it in Russia previously.

With that in mind...

I tuned in excitingly last Friday to watch another Crew SC player play internationally for his country, one Jukka Raitala.

Guess where he was after moving to Columbus? On the bench too.

He started the last three games for Finland. Started all prior games for Finland in qualifying, except for one substitution appearance. 

But, didn't see a second in a 2-0 loss to Turkey. Considering that was likely the incorrect decision since Finland sucked, likely will see him in a friendly against Austria tomorrow.

Jukka may be dealing with a new coach soon as well.
I say no rush as I've sort of missed Francis's crossing and passing. Think he's even better than Afful at that. 

Hopefully Raitala doesn't lose his starting spot with Columbus as well for taking this international call up. I think that battle will be a bit interesting. 

Wonder too if Raitala could be a left CB on that 3 back CB line with Francis farther up in the formation as they did formationally for the DC game; as that may allay concerns towards him for his defense.

I think Raitala's good too. But, debatable who's a better fit at their best. Could be Francis. Crossing was better at least, Afful's could be better as well.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

3/26/17: Back on track


Credit to the Portland Timbers, you could see despite a few players missing that they're a dangerous team. 

There were a few times that Zack Steffen literally saved our cheddar.


As a result, this game gives even more in the positive sign category when combined with DC United. 

Who were not a very dangerous team, especially in the offense sense. 

Quick thoughts:

- I think Niko Hansen is a heck of a talent. Especially in terms of how MLS drafts usually go. Good speed, good ball skill, and can finish.

He picked a corner against Seattle in the Carolina Challenge Cup and did well to almost finish a difficult one against Charleston. No doubts again when given an opportunity tonight.

Harder than it sounds in soccer and Crew are not an exception to that rule. Actually defined them a bit in 2016, could use someone other than Ola that can do that from another spot on the field consistently.

Niko was the rookie that I was the most excited to see at the start of the season. I'm glad we finally did. 

Worked out for the Crew.

-I thought Federico looked lively. One of his better performances in a long while, well lets combine that with the last week.

Gave him one of my top performer honors for h
is one pass to Ola against DC United that led to the first PK.
If he keeps his passing form there; along with his missile cross that probably caught even Ola off guard yesterday. Got no problems with Pipa.

He was even beating multiple Timbers players on a couple of occasions yesterday. I was like who is this guy?

Keep it up.

-Artur and Trapp both looked very good yesterday. Seems like that combination just needed some time to gel which is natural. Starting to like everything there.

-Most importantly, two things occurred yesterday that wouldn't of occurred very much last year.

We came back from 1-0 down.

We didn't settle for a tie and found a winner at home. That's even a right step compared to the opener this year.

We must win at home every time. 

Need to get back to making home the fortress it should be. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Crewture's Projected Lineup Against Timbers


Let's see how wrong I am. 



Going this route because I think it's very hard to want to change the defense when you get a shutout on the road. Berhalter said as much to The Columbus Dispatch.

But, also hinted he may swap back to his usual formation that never seems to work and everyone has sorted in this league.

Yet, think the Crew can be a little less fearful of going with again since the Timbers are without Nagbe and de Guzman in their midfield.

Secondly, I couldn't see us sitting a rookie (in Crognale) after he received MLS Team of the Week honors in his debut.

I figure Williams and Naess work better on the outside of this formation. Because they have more ball skill than your average center backs. 

Some fans have mentioned possibly swapping Mensah for Williams. But, think Mensah may get a bit lost out on the side. Believe he's 100% a center back and that's it.

Discussing all of this.. 

Watch Raitala's replacement tonight be Hector Jimenez, πŸ˜ƒ not Waylon Francis. 




What's your lineup?

GSH's for 3/24..



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Gaven..
Like night and day. 



Just watching 90 minutes of soccer and thoroughly enjoying it, that was USA vs. Honduras tonight.

Like MLS Cup 2008. Doesn't happen too often. 

Bruce Arena is plain and simple, a top shelf professional American soccer coach. 

He had the USA team in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2002, where they were maybe a call away from a different result against Germany.

Our coach knows something about that.

A year before that our professional league folded for a few hours. A famous owner of ours had something to do about that.
And Arena has won MLS Cup.. 

5 times.

Very glad he's back. 

I don't dislike that Klinsmann happened.

I think his factor on Johnson, Brooks, etc. has been and will be a big part of this for the beneficial.

Yet, don't think he's a good coach.

Dempsey, Howard, Bradley are great vets. Pulisic is electric. If a couple other guys get in the mix that can be half of him, watch out.

Anyways, one way to balance out your GD quickly.  Keep going.

Schelotto..
Best thing that could happen to CAPOs 😊Am I joking or no?

If you can be in a bad mood after that tomorrow. God bless.

I hope it goes well and we beat the Timbers this time at home in a similar fashion. We could so use that.

Would make for a memorable soccer week.

There were like zero of those last season.

Hejduk..
What the...
Of course Kei is in there, lol. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

GSH's for 3/23..


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Quoteable:
“Getting all the recognition after a debut is kind of unexpected, to say the least. But I’m trying to stay grounded. It’s only one game. I haven’t done much yet.” -Alex Crognale

Link. Yeah I'm surprised he hasn't already made the MLS All Star team.

Gaven..
This map sucks


I wish someone would do this with some actual research. And not give a whole state to anyone unless that whole state is the team's territory. 

As could be interesting if you didn't.

For one, I'm from Western Pa and I've met several Columbus Crew fans from here. I've yet to meet one Philadelphia Union fan.

Philadelphia is six hours away. Mise well be another state or two.

But, all you need is where the LA Galaxy is to know this is a BS map. 

Not owning the bottom half of California? But umm Nevada and Arizona? Haha yeah okay.

Schelotto..
Tchani
If anyone can use him should allow him to go; as there isn't any legitimate reason he's not at least in the starting 18. Doesn't really make sense.

I just wish Berhalter would call a spade, a spade... A cat, a cat a few weeks back about him. 

The truth is alright.



I called bullshit on that kind of stuff, Link

Berhalter could've been a KGB agent. 

Hejduk..
Well write it down I guess

Congrats. I didn't know anyone thought that we won't? Or shouldn't at home?

But, for me it's just because de Guzman is with Costa Rica and Darlington Nagbe is with the USA this week that we'll win.

Portland's midfield will be nothing like this, this week.
Portland is stacked this year in midfield and attack. But, will likely have two guys playing in midfield this game that haven't yet this year.

Whereas Columbus has to just replace Raitala with Waylon Francis for a game. 

Good week to catch Portland who took care of Houston. A Houston that destroyed us with relative ease.

By the way can catch Jukka today on FS2 for Finland at 12:30. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Riverhounds, Capos, and an UBER "No Flex" Zone. GSH's for 3/22..

Welcome, welcome, welcome Portland Timbers and you're brethren! Hope you enjoy yourselves and have a wonderfully majestic Mapfre day.

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Quoteable:
Could I just get all those quotes.

Chances are 90% percent of them will have nothing to do with the Nordecke one way or the other.

Likely some personal abuse stories.. @NordeckeTrump is behind it fallacies.

Gaven..
Wait a minute.. 
Ohh wait a minute.🎜

The Columbus Crew posted this story twice in two days..
So I finally got around to reading and liking it.

And the most interesting thing is........
It was a closed door scrimmage. And we...
allowed The Columbus Dispatch to post the score!? 😲

Ok πŸ˜„ credit as the team didn't post the score themselves. But, can you blame them? Squeaking by the Riverhounds isn't especially noteworthy. 

This is a bit more.

Regardless, maybe Crew SC does so uninspiring in all closed to the public games because of the closed to the public tag? Maybe bad luck.

Did the Crew defeat Gremio Osasco or no?

Schelotto..
Big props

Or MASSIVE ones.. 

I'm a 100 percent behind well literally behind trying SOMETHING DIFFERENT as is nearly always helpful, productive.. unless it's like drugs.

It won't turn out magnificently or terrible.. But, it will lead to a good solution months away, somewhere in the middle.

Further, I understand the funness. I got berated, hated, laughed at by some for pushing this two stick tifo in 2009.



One of about 400 ideas I was moronic for. The only idea I had that oddly everyone seemed to like was the Nordecke name.

And maybe, just maybe this will turn out similar. Or better than that or better than you think. Is possible no?

Think positive.

I hate to be the bearer of obvious bad news but The Nordecke dislikes anyone that tries anything or puts themselves out there. But, unless you become a robot... If you have an idea, have to open your voice to get it out. 

Even if an attempt to better the section, not an attempt to get more Instagram, Twitter followers or babes is still bad. Either/or it's nevertheless terrible shit.

Well to be fair I did all this Crewture, Nordecke stuff for the babes (I live with my mother), money (waiter), and a Acura. Only fair Crew SC for all I've done!

Anyway, just impressed by the making something happen.

Got the Crew to build and construct a Capo stand on that serenely majestic Mapfre field.

I couldn't even get a press pass and film down there on opening day. 

Like a crinkly old man now. Yet wanted to make a Nordecke vid with the Canon XHA1 I have, and started emailing in January.. Yet, no dice.

Was like I was planning on stealing souls. I just wanted to capture them with my expensive video camera. πŸ˜₯ 

Hejduk..
It's going down I'm calling UBER.

uber crew sc lockup

I guess there's a new innovative partnership

God. I'm a Crew fan so I hate partnerships, innovation, any new ideas in general. 

But, what's innovative is you stand in one centralized area to make it easier for your UBER driver to pick up your drunk ass. 

Which is likely needed anyway as Crew Stadium would be an absolute nightmare to get into when a game ends...

I would be like "yeah... No longer an UBER driver." I'm sure there was a scenario or two that led to this innovation.



I'm impressed Crew SC. You've finally done it!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

GSH's for 3/21..


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Quoteable:
"I think any time the team wins, it's tough to change the team, and that goes without saying," Gregg Berhalter said on Crognale. "So it'll be tough to take anyone from last week out of the lineup."

Gaven..
Today's scrimmage against the Riverhounds
Schelotto..
But German Village... πŸ˜₯
Hejduk..
Thatta boy

Monday, March 20, 2017

Finishing still needs to be focus for Crew SC. Timbers without key midfielders. GSH's for 3/20..

Timbers de Guzman made the MLS Team of the Week with Valeri, Crognale, and Steffen. But, won't play a role at Columbus.

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Gaven..
Expected goals (XG): Steffen's stop. Crew SC finishing on their expected goals


Have a minute, give Steffen a vote as was quite the save.
That play is nearly the expected 1.07 on the weekly OPTA XG for DC United.

DC had another two shots on target all game. 

Columbus had 6 quite good ones on target to gain a 2.21 as their PK's don't count towards that number.


Crew SC may be kicking butt at expected goals with a weekly average of 2.06.

But still not so much on finishing those expected goals.


We were 2.21 for Week 3 on expected goals (xG). You may say well were close on target for once. But, that's not calculating that our goals scored were both penalty kicks. 

And we still should've scored 2.21 goals on top of the penalty kicks we did score.

Columbus 2.21 on expected goals is 4th best in the league this week. Columbus were 2nd in week 2 at 2.18, and 2nd again in week 1 at 1.81.

Columbus's 2.06 average of expected goals every week is only behind Portland's 2.75. And .52 better than Atlanta United.

But, Portland has 10 goals, Atlanta has 11.

Crew has 4. 2 that counted towards this expected goal count. 


Credit in a way for Ola on finding a way regardless. May be what this is all about.

Schelotto..
Steffen and Crognale make MLS Team of the Week
Deserved and quite an awesome confidence builder for both. 

Think Mensah might stay on the bench against Portland or will be interesting; as I don't think you have a rookie get on the MLS Team of the Week and then send him to the bench.

Think the outside CB's in that formation need more ball skill like Naess and Williams have.

Berhalter got MLS Coach of the Week which I guess is great?

Well, glad he finally had the cojones to try the new formation he kept talking about, the reason he got 47 center backs. 

Hejduk..
Timbers without de Guzman and Nagbe vs. Columbus



Columbus is only without Raitala, which might be nice in a way to at least give Waylon Francis 90 minutes. 

Not a huge drop off going with a guy that has been with Columbus since 2014.

At least compared to two players who got your winner last week:


3/20/17: Three in the Back


The good thing about three in the back against DC United is that it worked well.

Which should allay concerns for Gregg Berhalter about taking chances, risks in going to the formation full time and making adjustments to the formation in regard to players.

So, I think the Crew SC will go that route again against the Portland Timbers.

The big question for Crew SC is whether Berhalter sticks with Williams, Crognale, and Naess since they got a shutout the last game.

Or since Mensah is available. If he slots in for Crognale.


I think Berhalter uses Mensah against Portland. Who played well against Houston.

Sometimes it's enough to know you have a good backup option and to progress Crognale a bit slower; as what if he goes right from an excellent debut to a terrible second game?

Either option I think will be fine.

I also figure this formation makes it easier if you add in others. Because it's like having three small teams instead of any player in their own area in midfield or defense.

So, anyone new has others right by them to rely on. 

The back three, midfield four, and attacking two midfielders.



I think Federico was more useful in the formation as well and played better.

But, I also believe perhaps a late sub of Hansen for Higuain may be interesting and helpful for Niko.

As I think Hansen and Meram as a team behind Ola would be dangerous, interesting for a bit too.

Overall, I like three in the back and hoping to see it progress more this next weekend.