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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Crewture.net's mock Columbus Crew draft

The Columbus Crew have the 21st pick in rounds one through three (21st, 44th, 67th).

They also acquired the 9th pick in round two (32nd) in the Kei Kamara trade to New England in 2016.

The Columbus Crew lost their 4th round 21st pick (80th) to the LA Galaxy in December to acquire the rights to goalkeeper Jon Kempin.

Nevertheless, would look out for Columbus acquiring a pick or two in part for a trade of Justin Meram perhaps. 

Won't come from Portland as the Timbers do not pick until the 61st pick overall.

Nevertheless, if a Ola Kamara Spain deal is a bust or to try to generate more interest in a big deal for him before the Draft, Columbus may get their hands on LA Galaxy's #2 overall pick.

Just checked Twitter and saw this. So yeah:

Ola Kamara has stated that he only wants to be by the sea 馃槒 if he were to stay in MLS. A second overall pick may help to make it happen.

But let's go off of what we know.

We pick 21st and currently that's our best selection.

Mock Drafts for that pick.

Soccer By Ives:

21. COLUMBUS CREW – *Ed Opoku, Virginia, Forward (Bio)

After losing Kekuta Manneh this winter, the Crew could look to add another quick African winger in Opoku, who struggled at the MLS Combine, but still offers the Generation Adidas tag.
21. Columbus Crew SC — Jon Gallagher, Notre Dame, Forward
Gregg Berhalter likes players who can complete a dribble, and Gallagher is the best combination of skill and talent at this spot in the draft.

21. Columbus Crew SC  — Alan Winn, North Caronlina, Forward/Attacking midfielder

If Justin Meram does indeed move elsewhere as has been reported, it leaves a gaping hole on the left hand side of the attack. After all, this is a player coming off his best year as a pro, notching a career high 13 goals and adding seven assists. Though Berhalter will likely scour the transfer market for a replacement, Winn would be a solid get if he’s still available at this point in the draft.

Crewture.net's Columbus Crew Mock Draft:

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21st pick: Justin Fiddes - Left Back

Columbus has zero left backs and Justin Fiddes seems to be one of the best options there in the MLS Draft.

Berhalter will likely grab a stronger selection in a trade or acquisition eventually but would be smart to have someone to build there.

Soccer by Ives has him going 16th to NYRB, but SB Nation has him going 24th to LAFC.

So, 21st would be right in the middle.

32nd pick: Mamadou Guirassy - Forward

Image result for mamadou guirassyHis college team NJIT has posted that Columbus Crew has had an interest:

He has been on the radar of some individual MLS teams this Fall, as Guirassy received invites to team combines from LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew and 2017 MLS Cup Champions Toronto FC.

He also did this today at the MLS Combine:

Looking far better in this game compared to his Team X teammate Soccer by Ives 2nd pick Francis Atuahene.

He's also both a French and US citizen.

44th pick: Nate Shultz - Right Back
Nate Shultz - 2017
Shultz, a Mayfield, Ohio native is an outside attacking right back that the Crew could've kept tabs on at the University of Akron.

Further, Harrison Afful is 31 and we don't have a strong heir apparent at that position. Therefore, could be a good time to start the design on that player.

Shultz has experience playing for the Portland Timbers U23's in the NPSL and was a starter for Akron during their NCAA Final Four run this season. Link

Despite starting the last two seasons for Akron, Shultz doesn't appear in the 1st or 2nd rounds for any mock drafts I've seen.

So would likely be available here.

He also could be the Crew's Machine Gun Kelly:

Good on him for being able to perform as Bobby Warshaw laughs like a little schoolgirl. 

67th pick: Alvaro Navarro- Forward, AM, LM, RM, and even LB

The 21 year old Spaniard has played LM, RM, and even LB for Segunda B (Spain's 3rd Division) side Pena Sport FC. Link. 

Then he has also played Forward and Attacking Midfield for the University of Dayton.

His local play has gained the attention of the Columbus Crew's Gregg Berhalter.

In Dayton, a small town in southwestern Ohio (United States), 脕lvaro Navarro Ilund谩in has been combining his studies of ADE International for two years with a remarkable football career, thanks to a sports scholarship. The 21-year old from Pamplona stands out as the starting striker of Dayton Flyers, a team of the First University Division. He has made a final cum laude season and his numbers (8 goals and 10 assists last season) have attracted the attention of the Columbus Crew.

The Columbus Crew, MLS team, got in touch with him to offer him a try out, a training with the team to see him first-hand. However, an injury at the end of the season ended with Navarro's dreams of finishing in the first division of the United States.

He wasn't invited to the MLS Combine. So likely no one else in MLS knows about him. 

Except perhaps sadly because of my article from last week.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Columbus Crew uses artificial intelligence for match performance and to find new players

Uses Playmaker.ai along with Swedish side Ostersunds FK who is having great success this year in the Europa League.

If you were not aware, Gregg Berhalter goes about things a bit differently. 

Thanks a bit to his different managerial start as an American soccer coach. 

Berhalter started in Sweden as manager of Hammarby IF which is rather untypical.

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Berhalter was with Hammarby from December 2011 to July 2013 before joining the Columbus Crew in November 2013. 

Well one connection from Sweden is still used (or rather recently used since May 2017) by Berhalter. From Swedish Fotbollskanalen:

脰stersund-based Soccer Analytics Sweden is the first sports analyst based on 100 percent artificial intelligence. The company's product Playmaker.ai takes football data and transforms it into insights, so far aimed primarily at football clubs. Today it is used by the Swedish Football Association, IK Sirius, Columbus Crew in MLS and 脰stersund FK, which has achieved great success in Europe. Playmaker.ai enables a new way for clubs to scout new players around the world, provide feedback on player development and includes tools that help analyze resistance and match performance.

Ostersund FK of Sweden got past Galatasaray, Panthessalon铆kios, and Hertha Berlin in the Europa League and will now face Arsenal in the Round of 32 on February 15th and 22nd.

La Liga team after Ola Kamara and make transfer enquiry to Columbus Crew

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This comes from Kristian Dyer

The source said that a top flight team currently sitting mid-table and in need of a striker has targeted the player and made at least one transfer enquiry.

The link to the story is here: https://www.metro.us/sports/source-columbus-crews-ola-kamara-target-la-liga-bid.

So, more than likely a team somewhere in this area of the La Liga table.

So, which teams above is in great need of a striker this January window? 

Any guesses?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

AFC Wimbledon vs. MK Dons 1/13 result

Watched the game today on iFollow.

AFC Wimbledon was at MK Dons.

The attendance at Mk Stadium was 9,504 out of their 30,000 capacity. A good portion of that crowd were AFC Wimbledon fans.

For a rivalry game. I guess welcome to Austin, Texas Anthony Precourt and Don Garber in about fifteen years.

"Hey at least their stadium is pretty!" - Don Garber
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If your lost on the significance regarding #SaveTheCrew, Wimbledon F.C. moved 56 miles to Milton Keynes in September 2003. They stayed Wimbledon F.C. until May 9th 2004 and then they became MK Dons. 

AFC Wimbledon was established by angry Wimbledon F.C. fans in 2002. They started in the 9th division (Combined Counties Premier) and worked their way up to where MK Dons is currently located, the 3rd division (League One).

Because of our story and theirs. A few weeks back, I made a post on Twitter and received this as a reply from their Matchday Program Contributions Editor.

To be fair I guess to MK Dons attendance they are in the relegation battle area. But so are AFC Wimbledon.

If AFC Wimbledon would've won today (had a huge chance at the end from Andy Barcham) they would've jumped over MK Dons and moved to 18th. 

Ended in a 0-0 draw and remained in 22nd place.

I feel your pain. My Football Manager currently:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sauro and Ketterer both return

Contract options were declined for both in December.

But, both players worked out new deals with Columbus afterwards eventually.

Declining Sauro's contract in December allowed him to be a possibility for other Major League Soccer teams in the Re-Entry Draft.

But, rather unsurprisingly no MLS club was incredibly keen after Gaston missed the entire 2017 season. 

A few weeks later... And a week prior to today's news, CREWTURE.NET hinted that Gaston Sauro would be returning regardless. Link.

Thanks to a Boca Juniors radio show tweet.

Despite offers/interest from Gimnasia La Plata of the Argentina Primera who couldn't offer the same as apparently the Crew were willing to. 

The above tweet was guaranteed correct when Sauro's wife replied to that tweet later that night. 

If the Crew truly re-signed Sauro some time last year (in December) why the wait?

Perhaps Columbus just was looking for the right time to break any good news.

I like Sauro and it is good news. 

Guy deserves some injury free peace the rest of his professional career. 

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In regards to Ketterer, great build and frame for a goalkeeper. 

Have a feeling Ketterer is a backup that can perform very well. 

Think he is logically biding his time until he gets his chance eventually at a starting gig somewhere in MLS.

Naess progress so far in Holland

Nicolai Naess has made nine overall appearances with SC Heerenveen of the Dutch Eredivise since transferring from the Columbus Crew on August 30th, 2017.

His best stint was when he played two straight 90 minute games for SC Heerenveen on 10/29/17 and 11/3/17. 

His overall appearances in detail.

Here's a recent interview about his progress so far with the Dutch club. All of his responses are in English.

Columbus Crew after another Dayton Flyer? Spaniard Alvaro Navarro

Alvaro Navarro
Alvaro Navarro may be our second Dayton Flyers draftee in two years.

Lalas Abubukar, a Dayton Flyers player, worked out rather well in his rookie season with Columbus in 2017.

Head Coach Gregg Berhalter may be back to that local Dayton well again in the 2018 MLS Draft. 

As according to this Spanish article appears Berhalter has an interest in the Flyers senior midfielder/striker Alvaro Navarro

In Dayton, a small town in southwestern Ohio (United States), 脕lvaro Navarro Ilund谩in has been combining his studies of ADE International for two years with a remarkable football career, thanks to a sports scholarship. The 21-year old from Pamplona stands out as the starting striker of Dayton Flyers, a team of the First University Division. He has made a final cum laude season and his numbers (8 goals and 10 assists last season) have attracted the attention of the Columbus Crew.

The Columbus Crew, MLS team, got in touch with him to offer him a try out, a training with the team to see him first-hand. However, an injury at the end of the season ended with Navarro's dreams of finishing in the first division of the United States.

The Columbus Crew this season hold the number 21 pick. Which is not as exciting as last year when we had the 5th and 9th picks. 

So even more so Berhalter is open to get whoever he wants and apparently has taken a local interest in Alvaro Navarro.

Here's a recent MLSSoccer.com Mock Draft and a Soccer by Ives early look at the MLS Draft in Philadelphia on January 19th.

Alvaro Navarro
•   Named Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference
•   Received White Allen Most Valuable Player Award
•   Scored eight goals and tied for the team lead with seven assists for 23 points
•   Led team with 58 shots and 27 on target
•   Scored two game-winners

On 11/1 vs. George Mason
First and fourth goals here vs. St. Bonaventure on 10/14:

Before arriving to Dayton, Navarro played a season in the Segunda B (Spain's 3rd Division) for Pena Sport FC.

Navarro made 27 appearances for the club during the 2015-2016 season registering one goal.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Columbus Crew sign attacking midfielder Eduardo Sosa

The Columbus Crew announced the signing of 21 year old Venezuelan Eduardo Sosa from Zamora today.

Zamora have been the Champions of Venezuela four times in the last six seasons.

Overall, Sosa has made 59 appearances for Zamora scoring eight goals and tallying six assists.

He has stood out as well against top South American competition.

Here is Sosa vs. top Brazilian side Gremio in the Copa Libertadores. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Eric Wynalda discusses #SaveTheCrew topic

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His entire interview with Sebastian Salazar at ESPN FC is here.

Worth the listen.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Is a Sauro return still a possibility?

The Columbus Crew declined the contract option on several players at the beginning of December including Gaston Sauro.

Sauro was not picked up in the MLS Re-Entry Draft soon after. Rather unsurprisingly since he missed the entire 2017 MLS season due to knee surgery. 

Gimnasia la Plata of Argentina, the club where Guillermo made his start and end in professional football, made an offer recently for Sauro but Sauro said it wasn't as good as what he could get in Major League Soccer.

Which was strange since at the time he didn't have a Major League Soccer team?

Unless Columbus just wanted to restructure Gaston Sauro's contract. 

Which could be considered fair due to Sauro's multiple injuries. 

Sauro could even likely understand not getting his contract option renewed. 

A contract option that was likely agreed upon in his first contract a few years back and would've been likely vast.

This comes from Somos Boca. A top Boca Juniors radio station.

Considering my recent history in Argentina I would look for more. 馃槃

Just still perhaps an option. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Crewture featured four times in Argentina for two transfer rumors in last week

Well never saw that occurring. 

Yet apparently Crewture.net is a big time news source in Argentina. 馃槄

Argentines know what the deal is. 馃憤

The second rumor was recycled elsewhere a few times with the Crewture.net name.

That rumor on December 28th, 2017 regarding Santiago Garcia was bogus. A trick from a sports broadcaster on their version of April Fools Day known as The Day of Innocents.

Yet was picked up by everyone from Massive Report to Univision. my b 馃槰馃槄

Was a joke by Jorge Barbieri. 

A commentator on a sports radio broadcast who thought it apparently worthwhile. 

Then the rumor was retweeted online by his listeners.

I was batting 4-4 lately on the international transfers, saw it, and figured well before someone else gets to it.

Hit on Artur first and the Crew's Valenzuela attempt was also true. In addition, have done so often enough over the years. 

Figured why would Argentinians have a reason to make Garcia up?

Guillermo Barros Schelotto won a championship for us and is head coach at Boca Juniors now. Funny too?

I was unaware it was there April Fools but confused on the humor. 

Regardless... Still got a kick out of this article.

The note from the official Crew website is um a link to my website.

The funny thing is all of my sources on both Valenzuela and Garcia came from Argentina. 

I just find them first, get them translated, and post them very quickly for Crew fans. 

AFC Wimbledon to feature #SaveTheCrew story in future matchday program

I heard here and there of mentions of AFC Wimbledon in #SaveTheCrew tweets since October from Crew fans.

AFC Wimbledon's club was founded by Wimbledon F.C. supporters in 2002 after their club was moved to Milton Keynes.

Which is about 56 miles north of Wimbledon.

A little better in comparison to where the Columbus Major League Soccer franchise could be moving to.

Austin, Texas is a 18 hour trip or 1,236 miles. 

But they could move the Columbus Crew to Cleveland and call them the Cleveland Crew and I would still be done.

So understand the feeling that a club transplanted even a hour from a community no longer represents that community.

Two days ago I posted the following..

And then I hid for a couple hours and hoped for the best. 馃槃

Did not expect this.
Mr. Armfield is the Matchday Program Contributions Editor at AFC Wimbledon. 

By the time I saw Mr. Armfield's reply half of Columbus got into contact with him. 

I believe it was forwarded to Save The Crew leaders which is good because they and about 5,000 others could do a better job summarizing compared to me.

Quite fine with that. I'm sure everyone was worried. 馃槄

Personally have no interest in replaying the whole situation and well my writing kind of blows. 

If they need a video get at me. I'll be waiting. 馃槃 And waiting.

If someone could just send me a copy of the matchday program when it does come out cool with that.

Oh and if we can keep the Columbus Crew going regardless.

Not the Columbus Crew SC or whatever the hell that is but the Columbus Crew.

We have a soccer specific stadium still, which is a bit rare in um America. 

Also, eventually promotion, relegation will win out. 

So one day..

If the worst has to happen.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Columbus Crew after Uruguayan striker Santiago Garcia?

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An offer has been made by the Columbus Crew for Uruguayan striker Santiago "Morro" Garcia this evening.

The 27 year old has 79 goals in 172 appearances. A goal every two games in Argentina's top league and two goals every three in Uruguay's.

Based on the first tweet the offer is a 2 million dollar offer for 50% percent of the player. 

Which if you've followed the Artur transaction the owning of just a percentage of a player is a new thing the Crew have done lately under Berhalter.

I'm just excited for this hairstyle.

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What could this mean in our one striker system?

I don't think Ola Kamara has any interest in another destination within MLS.

But earlier this season, in mid-Summer he declined having contract talks with the Crew to lengthen his contract. 

At 28, if now is his last chance to try for a top league in Europe cannot blame him for trying.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Crew make another offer for Argentine left back Milton Valenzuela

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Gregg Berhalter must have his sights set on the Argentine U20 World Cup player Milton Valenzuela as his next left back.

The Crew manager has made a second offer.

On November 8th the Columbus Crew made their first offer to Milton Valenzuela.

Newells Old Boys weren't selling Valenzuela for $400,000.

But, apparently Columbus was back at it a second time recently nevertheless. 

As this article from 22 hours ago stated that Newells was mulling over a second offer from Columbus.

The mention is near the bottom of the article. 

Yet Newells didn't ponder the offer for too long quickly deciding on a second rejection.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pressure shifts to Garber and should

Garber has never liked the Columbus Crew.

Or the Columbus Screw. 

Watch out Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK, and Matt Lauer.

The fact is the guy has to go or we go.

There is no doubt in Crew fans minds that Garber has always been behind moving the Columbus Crew. 

No one was shocked when he gave Anthony Precourt the "a ok" in October. 

If you were that's adorable. 

And it shouldn't come as a surprise if you look at where he got his start.

The total crap that is the Los Angeles Chargers or Los Angeles Rams anyone?

As well as the impending crap that is the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders. 

A sidebar.. Perhaps we should reach out to some Black Hole fans as think we have a bit in common fan wise.

Both of our teams could be gone at the same time.

The start of our league's respective 2019 seasons.

Question: Isn't the NFL already successful enough? 

Not in America... 

Where boatloads of money to fill every naval armada in history is not enough.

Between the NFL, how MLS wants to be a Mini-NFL, and the fact that one of the richest dudes that ran a TV show called The Apprentice is our President..

Start to think our country is sometimes a bit too capitalist and could care less about heart, passion, the right thing.

Just money, money, money.

What Garber wants is this. 

Soccer stadiums with swimming pools. 

Zumba class wings in stadiums with windows for those not very interested in sports but havvvee to come.

Forget passion. 

Major League Soccer is done with that in any real sense if October 18th 2017 snowballs. 


If we keep our club there could be Columbus Crew's, DC United's, Chicago Fire's centuries from now. There could be actual American soccer institutions.

If we lose mise well call us MLSFL. Another institution where what works is just the biggest paycheck. 

That isn't soccer and this is why this is wrong. So keep up the pressure.