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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, April 30, 2008

Give us some lovin'

As we all know The Crew are the smallest of small markets and as such rarely get any lovin' from the press, other teams, other fans, anyone really. well thankfully our recent success hasn't been entirely over looked. Here's a great article from Goal.com

Some media love

Give us some lovin'

As we all know The Crew are the smallest of small markets and as such rarely get any lovin' from the press, other teams, other fans, anyone really. well thankfully our recent success hasn't been entirely over looked. Here's a great article from Goal.com

Some media love

Give us some lovin'

As we all know The Crew are the smallest of small markets and as such rarely get any lovin' from the press, other teams, other fans, anyone really. well thankfully our recent success hasn't been entirely over looked. Here's a great article from Goal.com

Some media love

McBride Probably Unlikely To Come Back And Play For Crew


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If McBride does come back to America this summer it is probably not going to be for the Crew where he enjoyed most of his success in MLS. But, rather his hometown side the Chicago Fire or for TFC who it seems would have first dibs to sweep him away. Wait what did you say, crewfighter? Yes, TFC for an American legend!? The thought is appalling and MLS needs to definitely stop with this whole parity acquisition board thing in stituations like this. Yes, if it wasn't for the parity lottery then we wouldn't have got the miracoulous Robbie Rogers. However, if McBride does come back this summer it should be for the Crew or Chicago, that's only natural. Not for TFC. Not for a Canadian team. It would be a sick feeling if an American legend played for TFC. And, if that is McBride's option I could just see him staying with Fulham until he retires.

They should let someone with as much respect and stature in US soccer as McBride to pick whatever team he wants to negiotiate with. If it's the Crew(please!) then so be it, if it's Chicago then (shit!) whatever it's his home town. They shouldn't force him to go to a team that he probably doesn't want to go to at all in TFC.

McBride Probably Unlikely To Come Back And Play For Crew


Getty Images

If McBride does come back to America this summer it is probably not going to be for the Crew where he enjoyed most of his success in MLS. But, rather his hometown side the Chicago Fire or for TFC who it seems would have first dibs to sweep him away. Wait what did you say, crewfighter? Yes, TFC for an American legend!? The thought is appalling and MLS needs to definitely stop with this whole parity acquisition board thing in stituations like this. Yes, if it wasn't for the parity lottery then we wouldn't have got the miracoulous Robbie Rogers. However, if McBride does come back this summer it should be for the Crew or Chicago, that's only natural. Not for TFC. Not for a Canadian team. It would be a sick feeling if an American legend played for TFC. And, if that is McBride's option I could just see him staying with Fulham until he retires.

They should let someone with as much respect and stature in US soccer as McBride to pick whatever team he wants to negiotiate with. If it's the Crew(please!) then so be it, if it's Chicago then (shit!) whatever it's his home town. They shouldn't force him to go to a team that he probably doesn't want to go to at all in TFC.

McBride Probably Unlikely To Come Back And Play For Crew


Getty Images

If McBride does come back to America this summer it is probably not going to be for the Crew where he enjoyed most of his success in MLS. But, rather his hometown side the Chicago Fire or for TFC who it seems would have first dibs to sweep him away. Wait what did you say, crewfighter? Yes, TFC for an American legend!? The thought is appalling and MLS needs to definitely stop with this whole parity acquisition board thing in stituations like this. Yes, if it wasn't for the parity lottery then we wouldn't have got the miracoulous Robbie Rogers. However, if McBride does come back this summer it should be for the Crew or Chicago, that's only natural. Not for TFC. Not for a Canadian team. It would be a sick feeling if an American legend played for TFC. And, if that is McBride's option I could just see him staying with Fulham until he retires.

They should let someone with as much respect and stature in US soccer as McBride to pick whatever team he wants to negiotiate with. If it's the Crew(please!) then so be it, if it's Chicago then (shit!) whatever it's his home town. They shouldn't force him to go to a team that he probably doesn't want to go to at all in TFC.

Connor Senn Match Breaks New Records


According to the Hunt Park Insider:
"A record crowd of 2,274 braved the chilly late April evening for the excellent cause, raising over $30,000 dollars for the Senn Memorial Scholarship fund which also set a new record with an increase of over $7,000 dollars."


Ekpo looking good in his new Crew digs, also looking good on the field according to some of the 2,274 fans that I have talked to after the game.

Connor Senn Match Breaks New Records


According to the Hunt Park Insider:
"A record crowd of 2,274 braved the chilly late April evening for the excellent cause, raising over $30,000 dollars for the Senn Memorial Scholarship fund which also set a new record with an increase of over $7,000 dollars."


Ekpo looking good in his new Crew digs, also looking good on the field according to some of the 2,274 fans that I have talked to after the game.

Connor Senn Match Breaks New Records


According to the Hunt Park Insider:
"A record crowd of 2,274 braved the chilly late April evening for the excellent cause, raising over $30,000 dollars for the Senn Memorial Scholarship fund which also set a new record with an increase of over $7,000 dollars."


Ekpo looking good in his new Crew digs, also looking good on the field according to some of the 2,274 fans that I have talked to after the game.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Crew Secretly Searching For A Cheap Striker Now?

We all heard the Philani rumors about the Columbus Crew possibly getting into a battle with Adelaide United for the 28 year old South African's services. In that case the Aussie paper possibly slipped up in letting that egg out of the basket or Adelaide said who the MLS team was.

Could the Crew also be looking at 24 year old Neil Harvey of Retford United?

Article Here
Apparently the Barbados national teamer Neil Harvey has impressed a lot of teams from his lowly Unibond League Division One South Champion side Retford United. As now he is getting offers from League one sides Hartlepool and Oldham Athletic, along with League 2 sides Lincoln City and Morecambe.

And, also a mysterious MLS team. Well if the Philani bidding war rumor is true, then possibly the Columbus Crew is out now scouring for some cheap striker talent around the world to help out Moreno NOW until they can make a bigger move in the summer.

Btw, if you think it's not possible that the Crew would be looking for talent in the Unibond League. They were actually looking to play fellow Unibond side Garforth during their trip over to England on March 4th.

PRESTIGE FRIENDLY FOR GARFORTH
Sheffield FC have led the way this season with prestige friendly games against some of Europe’s biggest names to celebrate their 150th Anniversary but now another Yorkshire club, Garforth Town, have joined in with a friendly against one of America’s top sides Columbus Crew on 4th March. The Crew, who play in the Major Soccer League in which David Beckham plays, are coming to England to train and contacted Garforth for a friendly with the UniBond League newcomers only to happy to oblige as they had no game that midweek.


However, the Crew cancelled that friendly here.
STOP PRESS
The prestigious friendly match that Garforth Town had lined up on 4th March against Columbus Crew has been called off.


Although Garforth is in the North Division and Retford in the South and this could be all circumstantial stuff. Possibly, Bliss during his time was scouring some of these games looking for affordable striker talent.

Just at the beginning of March, Neil Harvey already had 29 total goals. It has turned some scouts heads in the English League One's and League Two's. Did it turn Bliss's head as well? Are the Crew looking at him as well as Philani? It's possible. Obviously, Bliss and Sigi might have had the opportunitity to run into Harvey during their trip. I doubt they would have had the same opportunity with Philani.

You have to figure if your over in England, you would scour the lower leagues for affordable talent. It's just natural for your scouts to do that. I just get the feeling that the Crew are trying real hard to find another striker that can actually help out Moreno. And, maybe they feel they can't wait for summer as Sigi's performance in these early months is all of their jobs. Call it intitution.

Crew Secretly Searching For A Cheap Striker Now?

We all heard the Philani rumors about the Columbus Crew possibly getting into a battle with Adelaide United for the 28 year old South African's services. In that case the Aussie paper possibly slipped up in letting that egg out of the basket or Adelaide said who the MLS team was.

Could the Crew also be looking at 24 year old Neil Harvey of Retford United?

Article Here
Apparently the Barbados national teamer Neil Harvey has impressed a lot of teams from his lowly Unibond League Division One South Champion side Retford United. As now he is getting offers from League one sides Hartlepool and Oldham Athletic, along with League 2 sides Lincoln City and Morecambe.

And, also a mysterious MLS team. Well if the Philani bidding war rumor is true, then possibly the Columbus Crew is out now scouring for some cheap striker talent around the world to help out Moreno NOW until they can make a bigger move in the summer.

Btw, if you think it's not possible that the Crew would be looking for talent in the Unibond League. They were actually looking to play fellow Unibond side Garforth during their trip over to England on March 4th.

PRESTIGE FRIENDLY FOR GARFORTH
Sheffield FC have led the way this season with prestige friendly games against some of Europe’s biggest names to celebrate their 150th Anniversary but now another Yorkshire club, Garforth Town, have joined in with a friendly against one of America’s top sides Columbus Crew on 4th March. The Crew, who play in the Major Soccer League in which David Beckham plays, are coming to England to train and contacted Garforth for a friendly with the UniBond League newcomers only to happy to oblige as they had no game that midweek.


However, the Crew cancelled that friendly here.
STOP PRESS
The prestigious friendly match that Garforth Town had lined up on 4th March against Columbus Crew has been called off.


Although Garforth is in the North Division and Retford in the South and this could be all circumstantial stuff. Possibly, Bliss during his time was scouring some of these games looking for affordable striker talent.

Just at the beginning of March, Neil Harvey already had 29 total goals. It has turned some scouts heads in the English League One's and League Two's. Did it turn Bliss's head as well? Are the Crew looking at him as well as Philani? It's possible. Obviously, Bliss and Sigi might have had the opportunitity to run into Harvey during their trip. I doubt they would have had the same opportunity with Philani.

You have to figure if your over in England, you would scour the lower leagues for affordable talent. It's just natural for your scouts to do that. I just get the feeling that the Crew are trying real hard to find another striker that can actually help out Moreno. And, maybe they feel they can't wait for summer as Sigi's performance in these early months is all of their jobs. Call it intitution.

Crew Secretly Searching For A Cheap Striker Now?

We all heard the Philani rumors about the Columbus Crew possibly getting into a battle with Adelaide United for the 28 year old South African's services. In that case the Aussie paper possibly slipped up in letting that egg out of the basket or Adelaide said who the MLS team was.

Could the Crew also be looking at 24 year old Neil Harvey of Retford United?

Article Here
Apparently the Barbados national teamer Neil Harvey has impressed a lot of teams from his lowly Unibond League Division One South Champion side Retford United. As now he is getting offers from League one sides Hartlepool and Oldham Athletic, along with League 2 sides Lincoln City and Morecambe.

And, also a mysterious MLS team. Well if the Philani bidding war rumor is true, then possibly the Columbus Crew is out now scouring for some cheap striker talent around the world to help out Moreno NOW until they can make a bigger move in the summer.

Btw, if you think it's not possible that the Crew would be looking for talent in the Unibond League. They were actually looking to play fellow Unibond side Garforth during their trip over to England on March 4th.

PRESTIGE FRIENDLY FOR GARFORTH
Sheffield FC have led the way this season with prestige friendly games against some of Europe’s biggest names to celebrate their 150th Anniversary but now another Yorkshire club, Garforth Town, have joined in with a friendly against one of America’s top sides Columbus Crew on 4th March. The Crew, who play in the Major Soccer League in which David Beckham plays, are coming to England to train and contacted Garforth for a friendly with the UniBond League newcomers only to happy to oblige as they had no game that midweek.


However, the Crew cancelled that friendly here.
STOP PRESS
The prestigious friendly match that Garforth Town had lined up on 4th March against Columbus Crew has been called off.


Although Garforth is in the North Division and Retford in the South and this could be all circumstantial stuff. Possibly, Bliss during his time was scouring some of these games looking for affordable striker talent.

Just at the beginning of March, Neil Harvey already had 29 total goals. It has turned some scouts heads in the English League One's and League Two's. Did it turn Bliss's head as well? Are the Crew looking at him as well as Philani? It's possible. Obviously, Bliss and Sigi might have had the opportunitity to run into Harvey during their trip. I doubt they would have had the same opportunity with Philani.

You have to figure if your over in England, you would scour the lower leagues for affordable talent. It's just natural for your scouts to do that. I just get the feeling that the Crew are trying real hard to find another striker that can actually help out Moreno. And, maybe they feel they can't wait for summer as Sigi's performance in these early months is all of their jobs. Call it intitution.

Stop! Ale-time!


No article, just felt this was appropriate. The man is a workhorse who slugs it out and has the most wonderfully annoying and catchy song in the league. So here's to hoping he can get down and play so slug it out Smash Mouth football we all know and love here in Columbus. I'm off to go blast some White Stripes, actually that's not true I like the Audioslave cover better. Either way Come on Crew! Come on Ale, we love ya man!

Stop! Ale-time!


No article, just felt this was appropriate. The man is a workhorse who slugs it out and has the most wonderfully annoying and catchy song in the league. So here's to hoping he can get down and play so slug it out Smash Mouth football we all know and love here in Columbus. I'm off to go blast some White Stripes, actually that's not true I like the Audioslave cover better. Either way Come on Crew! Come on Ale, we love ya man!

Stop! Ale-time!


No article, just felt this was appropriate. The man is a workhorse who slugs it out and has the most wonderfully annoying and catchy song in the league. So here's to hoping he can get down and play so slug it out Smash Mouth football we all know and love here in Columbus. I'm off to go blast some White Stripes, actually that's not true I like the Audioslave cover better. Either way Come on Crew! Come on Ale, we love ya man!

Crew Fashion Show


Either looking like Green Street Hooligans or an Abercrombie billboard ad. Btw, seems that Moffat has an infinity for lollypop's.

Crew Fashion Show


Either looking like Green Street Hooligans or an Abercrombie billboard ad. Btw, seems that Moffat has an infinity for lollypop's.

Crew Fashion Show


Either looking like Green Street Hooligans or an Abercrombie billboard ad. Btw, seems that Moffat has an infinity for lollypop's.

Stadium Madness!

Today comes another test for the crew with the boys in blue coming to town. Now my first real question for the match will be how does KC react to playing in a real stadium?
lets take a look...

firstly we can discount all home games unless of course they hit the diamond for a game of baseball rather than soccer (which is as i understand it entirely possible).

the first away game was against Dynamo Houston which is played in a college football stadium
so that again is irrelevant. But they did managed a nil-nil tie.

However finally! after five games they make their way to a real stadium with a trip up to Shitcago. Where...they win, uh oh not looking good for this segment. A 1-o win over a team named after a disaster that destroyed their city. Perhaps the irony of this finally sunk in with Crew Reject Jon Busch and he spent the game pondering rather than minding the net. Or alternatively Jon Busch still dealing with his feelings of rejection wasn't paying attention.
Either way we can discount this data because they scored on a player who wasn't good enough to play for us so clearly our team is better than this loser.

The next game is puzzling to say the least. A loss in a real (granted a falling apart) SSS to of all teams Toronto. Now I will admit Terrible FC has improved slightly through their addition of Derby county rejects and form MLS problem children. But seriously? A loss to the torries? How good can they really be?

Okay well in the end it appears this whole thing is a wash...
So lets just cap it off with a lovely song for our KC friends.

I Can't Read, I Can't Write
But I can Drive a Tractor!
I'm A Kansas City Fan and I'm a Fuckin' Wanker!

Stadium Madness!

Today comes another test for the crew with the boys in blue coming to town. Now my first real question for the match will be how does KC react to playing in a real stadium?
lets take a look...

firstly we can discount all home games unless of course they hit the diamond for a game of baseball rather than soccer (which is as i understand it entirely possible).

the first away game was against Dynamo Houston which is played in a college football stadium
so that again is irrelevant. But they did managed a nil-nil tie.

However finally! after five games they make their way to a real stadium with a trip up to Shitcago. Where...they win, uh oh not looking good for this segment. A 1-o win over a team named after a disaster that destroyed their city. Perhaps the irony of this finally sunk in with Crew Reject Jon Busch and he spent the game pondering rather than minding the net. Or alternatively Jon Busch still dealing with his feelings of rejection wasn't paying attention.
Either way we can discount this data because they scored on a player who wasn't good enough to play for us so clearly our team is better than this loser.

The next game is puzzling to say the least. A loss in a real (granted a falling apart) SSS to of all teams Toronto. Now I will admit Terrible FC has improved slightly through their addition of Derby county rejects and form MLS problem children. But seriously? A loss to the torries? How good can they really be?

Okay well in the end it appears this whole thing is a wash...
So lets just cap it off with a lovely song for our KC friends.

I Can't Read, I Can't Write
But I can Drive a Tractor!
I'm A Kansas City Fan and I'm a Fuckin' Wanker!

Stadium Madness!

Today comes another test for the crew with the boys in blue coming to town. Now my first real question for the match will be how does KC react to playing in a real stadium?
lets take a look...

firstly we can discount all home games unless of course they hit the diamond for a game of baseball rather than soccer (which is as i understand it entirely possible).

the first away game was against Dynamo Houston which is played in a college football stadium
so that again is irrelevant. But they did managed a nil-nil tie.

However finally! after five games they make their way to a real stadium with a trip up to Shitcago. Where...they win, uh oh not looking good for this segment. A 1-o win over a team named after a disaster that destroyed their city. Perhaps the irony of this finally sunk in with Crew Reject Jon Busch and he spent the game pondering rather than minding the net. Or alternatively Jon Busch still dealing with his feelings of rejection wasn't paying attention.
Either way we can discount this data because they scored on a player who wasn't good enough to play for us so clearly our team is better than this loser.

The next game is puzzling to say the least. A loss in a real (granted a falling apart) SSS to of all teams Toronto. Now I will admit Terrible FC has improved slightly through their addition of Derby county rejects and form MLS problem children. But seriously? A loss to the torries? How good can they really be?

Okay well in the end it appears this whole thing is a wash...
So lets just cap it off with a lovely song for our KC friends.

I Can't Read, I Can't Write
But I can Drive a Tractor!
I'm A Kansas City Fan and I'm a Fuckin' Wanker!

Massive Radio 1 - Part 2

Same audio issues as before, it'll be fixed next week.

Enjoy

Download Massive Radio 1 - Part 2 - Massive

Massive Radio 1 - Part 2

Same audio issues as before, it'll be fixed next week.

Enjoy

Download Massive Radio 1 - Part 2 - Massive

Massive Radio 1 - Part 2

Same audio issues as before, it'll be fixed next week.

Enjoy

Download Massive Radio 1 - Part 2 - Massive

West Ham Vs. Columbus

Will be scheduled between the Kansas City game on July 17 and the All Star game on the 22nd. Will be Spector's first game against a MLS team. And, we might have a chance for a victory this year as we are of better quality. So bring it on Hammers.

The question is of course, will the:


Meet up with the:


(via: namesaregone)

West Ham Vs. Columbus

Will be scheduled between the Kansas City game on July 17 and the All Star game on the 22nd. Will be Spector's first game against a MLS team. And, we might have a chance for a victory this year as we are of better quality. So bring it on Hammers.

The question is of course, will the:


Meet up with the:


(via: namesaregone)

West Ham Vs. Columbus

Will be scheduled between the Kansas City game on July 17 and the All Star game on the 22nd. Will be Spector's first game against a MLS team. And, we might have a chance for a victory this year as we are of better quality. So bring it on Hammers.

The question is of course, will the:


Meet up with the:


(via: namesaregone)

Connor Senn Match: Crew Reserves 4- Ohio State 1

Good thoughts by BG13 and others in this thread.

BG13:
"I know Iro went down hard on his left shoulder and was favoring it. He opted to walk it off but the trainers were ready to take the field. Iro continued to favor it.

It didn't seem like Guilherme So was even going to go into the game. He ended up playing last 20 minutes.

All disclaimers about it being too early to tell, haven't seen enough yet, it was just an exhibition against OSU, et al., but Ekpo looked awfully pretty out there. He has great through ball ability, great in NO space, pretty much looked great. Exciting to watch. Pretty football.

Nico might just be a hack. Not sure. He was trying really hard but with little success. I could be way off and am open to critics on this point, for sure.

One thing I know no critic will take issue with: Lenhart looks just like that giant Cabbage Patch kid from the Geico commercials."

Fid also said "Lenhart looked bad but Ekpo looked great."

BG13 said about Hesmer and Padula:
"Hesmer and Padula were at the Connor Senn match tonight. Hesmer was dressed like an attorney and Padula was just on the sidelines. For what it is worth (which is probably very little) they were both walking around just fine. No visible limps, no casts or bandages, etc. Merely a flesh wound."

Two goals a piece for Garey and Josten. Josten entered in the second half.

Attendance: Just over 2,000

Connor Senn Match: Crew Reserves 4- Ohio State 1

Good thoughts by BG13 and others in this thread.

BG13:
"I know Iro went down hard on his left shoulder and was favoring it. He opted to walk it off but the trainers were ready to take the field. Iro continued to favor it.

It didn't seem like Guilherme So was even going to go into the game. He ended up playing last 20 minutes.

All disclaimers about it being too early to tell, haven't seen enough yet, it was just an exhibition against OSU, et al., but Ekpo looked awfully pretty out there. He has great through ball ability, great in NO space, pretty much looked great. Exciting to watch. Pretty football.

Nico might just be a hack. Not sure. He was trying really hard but with little success. I could be way off and am open to critics on this point, for sure.

One thing I know no critic will take issue with: Lenhart looks just like that giant Cabbage Patch kid from the Geico commercials."

Fid also said "Lenhart looked bad but Ekpo looked great."

BG13 said about Hesmer and Padula:
"Hesmer and Padula were at the Connor Senn match tonight. Hesmer was dressed like an attorney and Padula was just on the sidelines. For what it is worth (which is probably very little) they were both walking around just fine. No visible limps, no casts or bandages, etc. Merely a flesh wound."

Two goals a piece for Garey and Josten. Josten entered in the second half.

Attendance: Just over 2,000

Connor Senn Match: Crew Reserves 4- Ohio State 1

Good thoughts by BG13 and others in this thread.

BG13:
"I know Iro went down hard on his left shoulder and was favoring it. He opted to walk it off but the trainers were ready to take the field. Iro continued to favor it.

It didn't seem like Guilherme So was even going to go into the game. He ended up playing last 20 minutes.

All disclaimers about it being too early to tell, haven't seen enough yet, it was just an exhibition against OSU, et al., but Ekpo looked awfully pretty out there. He has great through ball ability, great in NO space, pretty much looked great. Exciting to watch. Pretty football.

Nico might just be a hack. Not sure. He was trying really hard but with little success. I could be way off and am open to critics on this point, for sure.

One thing I know no critic will take issue with: Lenhart looks just like that giant Cabbage Patch kid from the Geico commercials."

Fid also said "Lenhart looked bad but Ekpo looked great."

BG13 said about Hesmer and Padula:
"Hesmer and Padula were at the Connor Senn match tonight. Hesmer was dressed like an attorney and Padula was just on the sidelines. For what it is worth (which is probably very little) they were both walking around just fine. No visible limps, no casts or bandages, etc. Merely a flesh wound."

Two goals a piece for Garey and Josten. Josten entered in the second half.

Attendance: Just over 2,000

Connor Senn Match



The Seventh Annual Connor Senn match has started tonight.

Connor Senn was a young freshman in 2001 who walked onto the Ohio State soccer team as a defender and soon broke the starting lineup.

For those that don't know the story behind the fund. Connor Senn was starting a match against the University of Akron in 2001 and he collapsed during the match while going for a slide tackle. Connor had, "no symptoms and no history coming into his preseason physical that would be worrisome at all," said Amy Myers. "I don't think there is any way that this could have been predicted" (USA Today, 2001). A surprise death like this was devastating for Connor's family, his teammates, his friends, and OSU. And, the fund through the participation of the University, the soccer team, and the Columbus Crew was created to remember Connor.

The fund leads to two soccer scholarships for players. They are awarded annually, along with a plaque, to one male and one female senior high school player. Nominees must be recommended by their high school coach, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and submit an original essay written by the nominee on the roles that drive, determination, and spirit play in leadership and achievement (OSU Office of Development, 2007).

The most recent match raised a record $19,000 dollars. The first match raised $3,500.



Here's to hoping for another successful Connor Senn fundraiser.

Links:
http://giveto.osu.edu/lev02.asp?StoryId=167
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/soccer/men/2001-09-27-osu-death.htm

The score at the moment is:
1-0 Crew, Lenhart assist to Garey, Ekpo has looked good according to Fid.

Connor Senn Match



The Seventh Annual Connor Senn match has started tonight.

Connor Senn was a young freshman in 2001 who walked onto the Ohio State soccer team as a defender and soon broke the starting lineup.

For those that don't know the story behind the fund. Connor Senn was starting a match against the University of Akron in 2001 and he collapsed during the match while going for a slide tackle. Connor had, "no symptoms and no history coming into his preseason physical that would be worrisome at all," said Amy Myers. "I don't think there is any way that this could have been predicted" (USA Today, 2001). A surprise death like this was devastating for Connor's family, his teammates, his friends, and OSU. And, the fund through the participation of the University, the soccer team, and the Columbus Crew was created to remember Connor.

The fund leads to two soccer scholarships for players. They are awarded annually, along with a plaque, to one male and one female senior high school player. Nominees must be recommended by their high school coach, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and submit an original essay written by the nominee on the roles that drive, determination, and spirit play in leadership and achievement (OSU Office of Development, 2007).

The most recent match raised a record $19,000 dollars. The first match raised $3,500.



Here's to hoping for another successful Connor Senn fundraiser.

Links:
http://giveto.osu.edu/lev02.asp?StoryId=167
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/soccer/men/2001-09-27-osu-death.htm

The score at the moment is:
1-0 Crew, Lenhart assist to Garey, Ekpo has looked good according to Fid.

Connor Senn Match



The Seventh Annual Connor Senn match has started tonight.

Connor Senn was a young freshman in 2001 who walked onto the Ohio State soccer team as a defender and soon broke the starting lineup.

For those that don't know the story behind the fund. Connor Senn was starting a match against the University of Akron in 2001 and he collapsed during the match while going for a slide tackle. Connor had, "no symptoms and no history coming into his preseason physical that would be worrisome at all," said Amy Myers. "I don't think there is any way that this could have been predicted" (USA Today, 2001). A surprise death like this was devastating for Connor's family, his teammates, his friends, and OSU. And, the fund through the participation of the University, the soccer team, and the Columbus Crew was created to remember Connor.

The fund leads to two soccer scholarships for players. They are awarded annually, along with a plaque, to one male and one female senior high school player. Nominees must be recommended by their high school coach, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and submit an original essay written by the nominee on the roles that drive, determination, and spirit play in leadership and achievement (OSU Office of Development, 2007).

The most recent match raised a record $19,000 dollars. The first match raised $3,500.



Here's to hoping for another successful Connor Senn fundraiser.

Links:
http://giveto.osu.edu/lev02.asp?StoryId=167
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/soccer/men/2001-09-27-osu-death.htm

The score at the moment is:
1-0 Crew, Lenhart assist to Garey, Ekpo has looked good according to Fid.

Hejduk, Hesmer, and Padula Took Knocks Against KC

From: Mitchell's Blog

The three fought hard in the back during the game on Saturday which was our defense's coming out party(they were mainly responsible for the win, compared to our offense). They also got pretty banged up as they laid their bodies on the line to defend the Crew nets, even by doing a rugby scrum at one point on the Crew goal mouth. That happened to be one of the weirdest plays I have seen. Just sheer will from our defense kept that one out.

According to Mitchell's blog however all three are day to day at this point with the upcoming first place match against Kansas City on Saturday. Sigi said however in Mitchell's blog that all three could play on Saturday. And, really I expect you will see all three. This is for first place match and is the game of the week. All three are fighters and if they can wobble through I can bet that all three of them will be on the field.

Do you really think Hejduk, Hesmer, or Padula are going to sit on the bench during such an important match when we have to keep momentum during a three game winning streak. I don't think so.

And, I hope not as I don't feel as confident with Greunebaum, Ezra, and Migs on the field.

Get healthy guys.

P.S. Congrats to Hesmer who is running away with Crewture's player of the week.

Hejduk, Hesmer, and Padula Took Knocks Against KC

From: Mitchell's Blog

The three fought hard in the back during the game on Saturday which was our defense's coming out party(they were mainly responsible for the win, compared to our offense). They also got pretty banged up as they laid their bodies on the line to defend the Crew nets, even by doing a rugby scrum at one point on the Crew goal mouth. That happened to be one of the weirdest plays I have seen. Just sheer will from our defense kept that one out.

According to Mitchell's blog however all three are day to day at this point with the upcoming first place match against Kansas City on Saturday. Sigi said however in Mitchell's blog that all three could play on Saturday. And, really I expect you will see all three. This is for first place match and is the game of the week. All three are fighters and if they can wobble through I can bet that all three of them will be on the field.

Do you really think Hejduk, Hesmer, or Padula are going to sit on the bench during such an important match when we have to keep momentum during a three game winning streak. I don't think so.

And, I hope not as I don't feel as confident with Greunebaum, Ezra, and Migs on the field.

Get healthy guys.

P.S. Congrats to Hesmer who is running away with Crewture's player of the week.

Hejduk, Hesmer, and Padula Took Knocks Against KC

From: Mitchell's Blog

The three fought hard in the back during the game on Saturday which was our defense's coming out party(they were mainly responsible for the win, compared to our offense). They also got pretty banged up as they laid their bodies on the line to defend the Crew nets, even by doing a rugby scrum at one point on the Crew goal mouth. That happened to be one of the weirdest plays I have seen. Just sheer will from our defense kept that one out.

According to Mitchell's blog however all three are day to day at this point with the upcoming first place match against Kansas City on Saturday. Sigi said however in Mitchell's blog that all three could play on Saturday. And, really I expect you will see all three. This is for first place match and is the game of the week. All three are fighters and if they can wobble through I can bet that all three of them will be on the field.

Do you really think Hejduk, Hesmer, or Padula are going to sit on the bench during such an important match when we have to keep momentum during a three game winning streak. I don't think so.

And, I hope not as I don't feel as confident with Greunebaum, Ezra, and Migs on the field.

Get healthy guys.

P.S. Congrats to Hesmer who is running away with Crewture's player of the week.

Next Steps: "MASSIVE NORDECKE" banner and TIFO.

We got the supporters, the chants, the flags, the streamers, and even the podcast. Now it's time for the next steps.

1. Huge Ass Banner.
2. Tifo.

Both ideas are in this picture.


A banner of similiar size to the "Welcome to Paradise" but instead it would say:

"MASSIVE NORDECKE"

Could be a new chant as well
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)

Massive is the winner for everything it seems as the radio podcast is also called Massive Radio. Putting MASSIVE and NORDECKE together is the best option for a huge banner in German Nordic letters. If anyone with more knowledge on signage wants to put together a cost idea to have a black background with yellow writing, huge sign, with german nordic letters, let me know. Then we can start passing around a large can for donations.

I would also love to get flags like the Celtic image above(except yellow and black) and try to distrubute them to produce Hard Hat Mike's Nordic flag black with yellow cross. However, that might be too much money. We could probably pull off Tifo just with yellow and black construction paper when the team is coming out. Actually if we get moving on this we could buy it all for this weekend's game. I'm going to be up Friday night I think as I will be looking for a summer job in Columbus because I'm going to live down there in the summer before I go to law school in the fall. If a group of 10 or 20 fans want to meet with me at Ruby's or Keegan's we could all pitch in 5 or 10 dollars to buy yellow and black construction paper. Then get approval from the FO to tape them to the bleachers pre-game.

If you think that we have turned some heads already, that would make everyone's eye balls burst.

Hardhat's Black and Yellow flag example:


Done once in Columbus:


Similiar paper is all we would need. It would definitely look a lot better then this because black and yellow contrast more.

And, actually it has been done twice at CCS as someone did it at a high school football game. I'll have to look up the youtube video on that.

Next Steps: "MASSIVE NORDECKE" banner and TIFO.

We got the supporters, the chants, the flags, the streamers, and even the podcast. Now it's time for the next steps.

1. Huge Ass Banner.
2. Tifo.

Both ideas are in this picture.


A banner of similiar size to the "Welcome to Paradise" but instead it would say:

"MASSIVE NORDECKE"

Could be a new chant as well
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)

Massive is the winner for everything it seems as the radio podcast is also called Massive Radio. Putting MASSIVE and NORDECKE together is the best option for a huge banner in German Nordic letters. If anyone with more knowledge on signage wants to put together a cost idea to have a black background with yellow writing, huge sign, with german nordic letters, let me know. Then we can start passing around a large can for donations.

I would also love to get flags like the Celtic image above(except yellow and black) and try to distrubute them to produce Hard Hat Mike's Nordic flag black with yellow cross. However, that might be too much money. We could probably pull off Tifo just with yellow and black construction paper when the team is coming out. Actually if we get moving on this we could buy it all for this weekend's game. I'm going to be up Friday night I think as I will be looking for a summer job in Columbus because I'm going to live down there in the summer before I go to law school in the fall. If a group of 10 or 20 fans want to meet with me at Ruby's or Keegan's we could all pitch in 5 or 10 dollars to buy yellow and black construction paper. Then get approval from the FO to tape them to the bleachers pre-game.

If you think that we have turned some heads already, that would make everyone's eye balls burst.

Hardhat's Black and Yellow flag example:


Done once in Columbus:


Similiar paper is all we would need. It would definitely look a lot better then this because black and yellow contrast more.

And, actually it has been done twice at CCS as someone did it at a high school football game. I'll have to look up the youtube video on that.

Next Steps: "MASSIVE NORDECKE" banner and TIFO.

We got the supporters, the chants, the flags, the streamers, and even the podcast. Now it's time for the next steps.

1. Huge Ass Banner.
2. Tifo.

Both ideas are in this picture.


A banner of similiar size to the "Welcome to Paradise" but instead it would say:

"MASSIVE NORDECKE"

Could be a new chant as well
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
MASSIVE.. NORDECKE... (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)

Massive is the winner for everything it seems as the radio podcast is also called Massive Radio. Putting MASSIVE and NORDECKE together is the best option for a huge banner in German Nordic letters. If anyone with more knowledge on signage wants to put together a cost idea to have a black background with yellow writing, huge sign, with german nordic letters, let me know. Then we can start passing around a large can for donations.

I would also love to get flags like the Celtic image above(except yellow and black) and try to distrubute them to produce Hard Hat Mike's Nordic flag black with yellow cross. However, that might be too much money. We could probably pull off Tifo just with yellow and black construction paper when the team is coming out. Actually if we get moving on this we could buy it all for this weekend's game. I'm going to be up Friday night I think as I will be looking for a summer job in Columbus because I'm going to live down there in the summer before I go to law school in the fall. If a group of 10 or 20 fans want to meet with me at Ruby's or Keegan's we could all pitch in 5 or 10 dollars to buy yellow and black construction paper. Then get approval from the FO to tape them to the bleachers pre-game.

If you think that we have turned some heads already, that would make everyone's eye balls burst.

Hardhat's Black and Yellow flag example:


Done once in Columbus:


Similiar paper is all we would need. It would definitely look a lot better then this because black and yellow contrast more.

And, actually it has been done twice at CCS as someone did it at a high school football game. I'll have to look up the youtube video on that.

Guy in This Video Asks A Good Question



"Why are they throwing the streamers at Schelotto?" Good question and I was dumbfounded as well. Someone needs to tell the drunk OSU students in the Nordecke that you don't throw streamers at the guys in yellow.

Or maybe those were the colorblind in the Nordecke? It's Possible, yellow and white are pretty hard to distinguish between. Or the streamer was burning a hole in their hands. Or they are a little on the slow side. I don't know. One of life's little mysteries.

Anyone who threw a streamer care to explain? You might be onto something as it led to a goal. :-)

Guy in This Video Asks A Good Question



"Why are they throwing the streamers at Schelotto?" Good question and I was dumbfounded as well. Someone needs to tell the drunk OSU students in the Nordecke that you don't throw streamers at the guys in yellow.

Or maybe those were the colorblind in the Nordecke? It's Possible, yellow and white are pretty hard to distinguish between. Or the streamer was burning a hole in their hands. Or they are a little on the slow side. I don't know. One of life's little mysteries.

Anyone who threw a streamer care to explain? You might be onto something as it led to a goal. :-)

Guy in This Video Asks A Good Question



"Why are they throwing the streamers at Schelotto?" Good question and I was dumbfounded as well. Someone needs to tell the drunk OSU students in the Nordecke that you don't throw streamers at the guys in yellow.

Or maybe those were the colorblind in the Nordecke? It's Possible, yellow and white are pretty hard to distinguish between. Or the streamer was burning a hole in their hands. Or they are a little on the slow side. I don't know. One of life's little mysteries.

Anyone who threw a streamer care to explain? You might be onto something as it led to a goal. :-)

Crewture mention on CSRN today!


I wanted to let you all know that my buddy MJ, who is the Crew correspondent on The 2G's Podcast segment of Around The League sent me a text this morning to get the web address of Crewture. He is going to mention the blog today when he is on The 2Gs, and give out the web address. This will be some pretty big exposure for the blog since they have a large listening base for that podcast.

Hopefully this will help in getting even more hits and traffic to the blog.

-Brad

Keep The Pints Flowing.

UPDATE: MJ WILL BE ON AROUND 1:45pm

http://www.championssoccerradio.com

Crewture mention on CSRN today!


I wanted to let you all know that my buddy MJ, who is the Crew correspondent on The 2G's Podcast segment of Around The League sent me a text this morning to get the web address of Crewture. He is going to mention the blog today when he is on The 2Gs, and give out the web address. This will be some pretty big exposure for the blog since they have a large listening base for that podcast.

Hopefully this will help in getting even more hits and traffic to the blog.

-Brad

Keep The Pints Flowing.

UPDATE: MJ WILL BE ON AROUND 1:45pm

http://www.championssoccerradio.com

Crewture mention on CSRN today!


I wanted to let you all know that my buddy MJ, who is the Crew correspondent on The 2G's Podcast segment of Around The League sent me a text this morning to get the web address of Crewture. He is going to mention the blog today when he is on The 2Gs, and give out the web address. This will be some pretty big exposure for the blog since they have a large listening base for that podcast.

Hopefully this will help in getting even more hits and traffic to the blog.

-Brad

Keep The Pints Flowing.

UPDATE: MJ WILL BE ON AROUND 1:45pm

http://www.championssoccerradio.com

Monday, April 28, 2008

Morning Afterthoughts - Houston

I need some help. After a 4-1 start to the season, all of the soft-squishy parts of my body are becoming numb to my constant pinching in my vain attempt to wake myself up from what I thought had to be a dream. Apparently it's not. Last night was yet another historic night for the Nordecke, and the Crew are off to their best start in 10 years! Danny O'Rourke even got an interview on 610 WTVN's sports show this morning. And to top it all off, Toronto knocked off KC, leaving Columbus alone at the top of the table!

As always, here are my thoughts after re-watching the replay online:

Pre-kick:

Welcome to Crew Stadium! The always-cool Dwight Burgess and ever-annoying Bill McDermott have the call for us today on CSN, which is the only OTA signal in Columbus to have not gone digital yet. Hope they get on that soon.

First Half:

:55 - First goal kick of the game, and as Pat Onstad flights a long ball into the Columbus half of the field, one can clearly hear the Nordecke's "You suck, asshole" over the broadcast team.

I'll take a moment here to give kudos to the man known as Hard Hat Mike. He fought off bronchitis and stood in the pit, valiantly leading the cheers with the brand new and much-anticipated megaphone. You earned that face-paint last night, Mike.

1:50 - Carrachio puts a header to the goal, but William Hesmer steps up to make his first save of the game. Leaving the game last night, from what I could see, Hesmer was heads and shoulders above all the choice for MOTM. We'll see if I still feel that way after rewatching the game.

2:15 - Bizarre play. Mulrooney plays the ball back to Onstad, who had already committed to sliding to pick it up. Houston gives up and indirect free kick in the box. This gave me one fewer items on my "stuff I've never seen live at a soccer game" list. Now all I have left are "compound fracture", "keeper scoring from the opposite net", and "Abel Xavier playing decently."

6:01 - You can clearly hear "Columbus" in the background.

6:39 - I know it's completely juvenile, but I laugh every time Bill McDermott says "Sigi really like the balls he plays into the midfield". I just wish Dwight would follow that up with a long pause, and then "Yep, Sigi is a fan of that player's balls..."

8:30 - Pat Onstad is apparently an asshole, and he sucks. So I hear.

10:01 - Wow, almost a foul in the box for Franklin Hejduk. (Hey, if Will Hesmer insists on being called "William", I'm keeping that rule for all the players). The fould was LITERALLY an inch outside of the box.

11:15 - Gene Padula gets in on the fouling action. If you doubt for a second that the "Fair Play" Award is a joke, watch a 2008 Crew game. The team was blatantly offended by that award, and is now overcompensating by fouling the bejesus out of every team they face. Not that I mind, I'm just saying...

11:47 - Crap! Houston 1-0 off a Brad Davis free kick.

BUT WAIT! The ref does and Amy Winhouse and says "No, No, No." Dwayne DeRosario was off by a country mile, and the flag goes up.

Hang on, I have to go change my pants...

OK, I'm back.

13:25 - Although it sounds like "blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah Columbus!", it's actually, "Yo se le voy, le voy a Columbus" or something like that. It's a La Turbina chant that apparently means "I am the voice of Columbus". Anyway, you can hear that now too.

15:48 - OK, now I'm hearing the "Alejandro Moreno" chant to the tune of The White Stripe's "Seven Nation Army." Need to change my pants again, but now for totally different reasons.

16:43 - Franklin Hejduk works to clear the ball, only to get it batted down by referee Terry Vaughn's noggin. And down goes Vaughn! Our head zebra tried to shake it off, but he needed a second to recompose himself. Also, Jason Matthews, head trainer for the Crew, came out to give him a look. On the broadcast, you can see Jason and Terry having a laugh. Which reminds me, I'll have to tell you a story about Jason later on, as the man is a cool cat.

19:37 - Wade Barrett heads the ball down, and almost right to GBS's foot. Sadly Onstad makes a save. Apparently the Houston defense wants to make sure he's back to full strength.

21:30 - Little noticed, but true: Adam Moffat saves the ball that Guillermo plays into the box. In the ensuing scrum, the ball is knocked over the endline by a Houston player, setting up Guille's corner. Once again, Adam Moffat has a hand in a key play for the Crew.

21:52 - GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Alejandro makes it three games in a row, and scores his 4th in 5 games!

Guillermo sends in a beautiful outswinging cross, which Chad Marshall heads on goal after coming off one of the best screens I've seen since March Madness. Moreno doesn't quit on the play, and the Crew are up 1-0!

In related news, Joseph Ngwenya is trying to learn Swiss.

27:21 - Boby Boswell chops down Moreno, and gets booked. Can I just say that song is stuck in my head yet again? Aaaaahlenhandro Mooorenoooo!

29:35 - This buildup from Robert Rogers was fantastic. Rogers steals the ball in the defensive third, beats two men, lays it off briefly to Schelotto, who taps right into more space for Rogers, who passes to Edward Gaven, who carries it across the field and hits Franklin Hejduk in space, who flights a beautiful ball that Moreno is mere inches from burying into the back of the net. Unfortunately, Patrick Onstad gets to the ball first.

(Hey, don't look at me. Blame William Hesmer for starting the full-name trend...)

30:50 - Speaking of, Hemser makes a tough 50-50 save, taking a shot in the ribs in the process. He really put his body on the line during this game.

33:55 - William Hesmer somehow makes a save after poor clearance from the Crew back line. He ends up stuffing Carrachio, then as Carrachio and Carrol get tangled up, jumps on the pile to keep the ball an inch off the goal line. That looked more like rugby than soccer.

34:57 - And on the ensuing attack, Gino Padula uncorks a right-footed beauty of a shot that would make Beckham jealous. The shot is JUST over the bar, but on the plus side, it did break one of the Crewzer's legs. Their hammy, untoned legs that is.

45+ - GBS ends the half with a beautiful cross off a set piece, but it is just barely poked away by Onstad. Can't imagine how nuts the place would have been had we scored there. Ah well.

2nd half

47:51 - Adam Moffat sees the yellow for a late challenge on Ricardo Clark. I'm OK with that, but the Crew are going to need to start watching out for accumulation.

49:55 - First corner of the night for Houston in the Nordecke, and oh was it a shower! Davis doesn't end up kicking this thing until the 52nd minute, and Guille has to come over to tell us to stop. Hahahahahaha! Tremendous showing by the Nordecke once again. If I were the opposing team, I would not want to take corners in that end.

54:56 - Great run by Rogers, and Guille finds him in the open space. Robbie takes it across the 18 yard box, and fires a shot, well-defended though by Onstad.

As long as the Crew keep winning , I'm OK with Robbie's shots not going in. That may sound odd, but I'd rather have a full summer of Robbie than a summer of Robbie splitting time with the U-23's in China. Once the final roster is set in stone, I hope he bags three a game. Until then, keep shooting it Robbie!


55:59 - Bill McDermott just said that he's heard a lot of rumors about Riquelme. So, it's official: McD reads Big Soccer.

56:40 - More streamers from the Nordecke, and the broadcast team have the utter gumption to say that Crew fans are essentially just ripping off Toronto FC fans.

Are you kidding me? Watch any game in South America, and you'll see the same thing. Toronto fans can put another quill in their already enlarged hat, though, because apprently Dwight Burgess and Bill McDermott think TFC fans came up with the idea. Unbelievable.

59:13 - Pat Onstad is on his game tonight. He punches away another dangerous cross off the foot Guille from a set piece. Onstad is the reason the Dynamo didn't lose this game 4-0.

60:10 - OK, someone needs to tell Gino Padula that he's a defender, and he's not supposed to be so good offensively. He hits a wicked left-footed shot off the crossbar from the set piece. Kudos to Sigi for pulling that guy out of the French 2nd division.

62:15 - Hesmer gets his body in the way off another cross, and lays out in the process to come away with it in a scrum. Really, this game was a battle of two great keepers. Seeing as how Onstad was the keeper for the league champs the last two years, I'll take having his counterpart on a night like this.

64:25 - Sideline gal Katie Witham talks with Sigi about an apparent tweaking of the knee that Gino Padula suffered earleir in the match. Sigi explains that Gino has to come off because he's hurt, which explains the EZ sub that had all of us in attendance scratching our heads. Still, he didn't look injured after that free kick...

65:30 - Guille whistles one just outside the near post, and it looks like it would have beat Onstad had it had just a little less bend to it. Guille is still pure class, and his haircut is legendary.

68:33 - This is where Hesmer starts to shine. He knocks down a screaming shot from DeRosario, and covers for the save. Truly some great goalkeeping in this game.

73:09 - Daniel O'Rourke clears after Hesmer comes off his line for a tough challenge. I know a lot of people were getting on to D earlier this year, but he has really stepped up his game after getting his PK situations out of the way.

74:09 - If Patrick Ianni had a lunch, Alejandro Moreno ate it by this point. Milkshake was drank as well. That's two really poor games from Ianni.

74:53 - Alejandro Moreno gets another header from a Guille cross, only to have it cleared off the line by one of the Houston field players! Oh, he's so close to having 7-8 goals instead of 4.

79:25 - Again, the Crew loses power on one of the lights above the stadium. That's about the only thing they've lost at home all season...

BA-DUM BUM PSSH! Thank you, I'll be here all week!

80:41 - William Hesmer takes a knock while going to clear a corner kick in the box, and he stays down. It looks from the replay that he got clipped in midair by one of the Houston players or Ezra. In person, it looked like Ezra got him with an elbow. Either way, he got back up and got to hear the Nordecke chanting "William Hesmer!"

81:13 Jason Matthews is on the field looking at Hesmer, which reminds me of the story I wanted to tell you:

As we were all cheering earlier in the game, Matthews was running down by our corner. He looks up in the stands, smiled, and then pulled up his warmup shirt to reveal his Hudson Street Hooligans shirt! HSH is grwoing massively, folks.

82:45 - Hesmer dusts himself off to make another spectacular save. I want to get a William Hesmer wig.

84:28 - At this point, I was standing in the Nordecke going "5 and a half minutes to go". Anyone else? Thought so...

88:35 - Wade Barret took a beautiful shot to the far upper 90, only to be bested by the play of the game, a TREMENDOUS save from William Hesmer. To put this play in perspective, Bill McDrmott felt the need to compare the save to a salmon leaping out of water, whatever the hell that means.

FIVE MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME?!?! I thought they did away with overtime...

90+ - Hesmer gets a yellow for taking too long, his 2nd of the year. I've never seen a keeper get one card for that, and he has two in the last two games.

- Frankie Hejduk gets a yellow for taking too long on the throw in. I hope no one ends up sitting a match because of time-wasting.

And the whistle finally blows, Crew win 1-0! Sigi Schmid gets his 100th of his career. The Crew are 3-0 at home! And, we're still top of the table!!!!

A few things to take away from this game:

- Hesmer was definitely Man of the Match. His heart and toughness saved this game for the Crew.

- Is Gino Padula going to be alright? Apparently, he feels he could have stayed on, but he is getting an MRI on Monday.

- The Crew have consistently faced better and better competition this season, and have risen to the task almost every week. I think the Dynamo were truly the best team we've played this season, despite their record.

- Can the Crew get back off their heels and start bringing the pressure and pace like they did in the first three games? Let's hope so, as they'll need another strong effort when they face KC this week.

What a game, what a night, and what a way to beat the defending champs!

Up next: Kansas City.

Morning Afterthoughts - Houston

I need some help. After a 4-1 start to the season, all of the soft-squishy parts of my body are becoming numb to my constant pinching in my vain attempt to wake myself up from what I thought had to be a dream. Apparently it's not. Last night was yet another historic night for the Nordecke, and the Crew are off to their best start in 10 years! Danny O'Rourke even got an interview on 610 WTVN's sports show this morning. And to top it all off, Toronto knocked off KC, leaving Columbus alone at the top of the table!

As always, here are my thoughts after re-watching the replay online:

Pre-kick:

Welcome to Crew Stadium! The always-cool Dwight Burgess and ever-annoying Bill McDermott have the call for us today on CSN, which is the only OTA signal in Columbus to have not gone digital yet. Hope they get on that soon.

First Half:

:55 - First goal kick of the game, and as Pat Onstad flights a long ball into the Columbus half of the field, one can clearly hear the Nordecke's "You suck, asshole" over the broadcast team.

I'll take a moment here to give kudos to the man known as Hard Hat Mike. He fought off bronchitis and stood in the pit, valiantly leading the cheers with the brand new and much-anticipated megaphone. You earned that face-paint last night, Mike.

1:50 - Carrachio puts a header to the goal, but William Hesmer steps up to make his first save of the game. Leaving the game last night, from what I could see, Hesmer was heads and shoulders above all the choice for MOTM. We'll see if I still feel that way after rewatching the game.

2:15 - Bizarre play. Mulrooney plays the ball back to Onstad, who had already committed to sliding to pick it up. Houston gives up and indirect free kick in the box. This gave me one fewer items on my "stuff I've never seen live at a soccer game" list. Now all I have left are "compound fracture", "keeper scoring from the opposite net", and "Abel Xavier playing decently."

6:01 - You can clearly hear "Columbus" in the background.

6:39 - I know it's completely juvenile, but I laugh every time Bill McDermott says "Sigi really like the balls he plays into the midfield". I just wish Dwight would follow that up with a long pause, and then "Yep, Sigi is a fan of that player's balls..."

8:30 - Pat Onstad is apparently an asshole, and he sucks. So I hear.

10:01 - Wow, almost a foul in the box for Franklin Hejduk. (Hey, if Will Hesmer insists on being called "William", I'm keeping that rule for all the players). The fould was LITERALLY an inch outside of the box.

11:15 - Gene Padula gets in on the fouling action. If you doubt for a second that the "Fair Play" Award is a joke, watch a 2008 Crew game. The team was blatantly offended by that award, and is now overcompensating by fouling the bejesus out of every team they face. Not that I mind, I'm just saying...

11:47 - Crap! Houston 1-0 off a Brad Davis free kick.

BUT WAIT! The ref does and Amy Winhouse and says "No, No, No." Dwayne DeRosario was off by a country mile, and the flag goes up.

Hang on, I have to go change my pants...

OK, I'm back.

13:25 - Although it sounds like "blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah Columbus!", it's actually, "Yo se le voy, le voy a Columbus" or something like that. It's a La Turbina chant that apparently means "I am the voice of Columbus". Anyway, you can hear that now too.

15:48 - OK, now I'm hearing the "Alejandro Moreno" chant to the tune of The White Stripe's "Seven Nation Army." Need to change my pants again, but now for totally different reasons.

16:43 - Franklin Hejduk works to clear the ball, only to get it batted down by referee Terry Vaughn's noggin. And down goes Vaughn! Our head zebra tried to shake it off, but he needed a second to recompose himself. Also, Jason Matthews, head trainer for the Crew, came out to give him a look. On the broadcast, you can see Jason and Terry having a laugh. Which reminds me, I'll have to tell you a story about Jason later on, as the man is a cool cat.

19:37 - Wade Barrett heads the ball down, and almost right to GBS's foot. Sadly Onstad makes a save. Apparently the Houston defense wants to make sure he's back to full strength.

21:30 - Little noticed, but true: Adam Moffat saves the ball that Guillermo plays into the box. In the ensuing scrum, the ball is knocked over the endline by a Houston player, setting up Guille's corner. Once again, Adam Moffat has a hand in a key play for the Crew.

21:52 - GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Alejandro makes it three games in a row, and scores his 4th in 5 games!

Guillermo sends in a beautiful outswinging cross, which Chad Marshall heads on goal after coming off one of the best screens I've seen since March Madness. Moreno doesn't quit on the play, and the Crew are up 1-0!

In related news, Joseph Ngwenya is trying to learn Swiss.

27:21 - Boby Boswell chops down Moreno, and gets booked. Can I just say that song is stuck in my head yet again? Aaaaahlenhandro Mooorenoooo!

29:35 - This buildup from Robert Rogers was fantastic. Rogers steals the ball in the defensive third, beats two men, lays it off briefly to Schelotto, who taps right into more space for Rogers, who passes to Edward Gaven, who carries it across the field and hits Franklin Hejduk in space, who flights a beautiful ball that Moreno is mere inches from burying into the back of the net. Unfortunately, Patrick Onstad gets to the ball first.

(Hey, don't look at me. Blame William Hesmer for starting the full-name trend...)

30:50 - Speaking of, Hemser makes a tough 50-50 save, taking a shot in the ribs in the process. He really put his body on the line during this game.

33:55 - William Hesmer somehow makes a save after poor clearance from the Crew back line. He ends up stuffing Carrachio, then as Carrachio and Carrol get tangled up, jumps on the pile to keep the ball an inch off the goal line. That looked more like rugby than soccer.

34:57 - And on the ensuing attack, Gino Padula uncorks a right-footed beauty of a shot that would make Beckham jealous. The shot is JUST over the bar, but on the plus side, it did break one of the Crewzer's legs. Their hammy, untoned legs that is.

45+ - GBS ends the half with a beautiful cross off a set piece, but it is just barely poked away by Onstad. Can't imagine how nuts the place would have been had we scored there. Ah well.

2nd half

47:51 - Adam Moffat sees the yellow for a late challenge on Ricardo Clark. I'm OK with that, but the Crew are going to need to start watching out for accumulation.

49:55 - First corner of the night for Houston in the Nordecke, and oh was it a shower! Davis doesn't end up kicking this thing until the 52nd minute, and Guille has to come over to tell us to stop. Hahahahahaha! Tremendous showing by the Nordecke once again. If I were the opposing team, I would not want to take corners in that end.

54:56 - Great run by Rogers, and Guille finds him in the open space. Robbie takes it across the 18 yard box, and fires a shot, well-defended though by Onstad.

As long as the Crew keep winning , I'm OK with Robbie's shots not going in. That may sound odd, but I'd rather have a full summer of Robbie than a summer of Robbie splitting time with the U-23's in China. Once the final roster is set in stone, I hope he bags three a game. Until then, keep shooting it Robbie!


55:59 - Bill McDermott just said that he's heard a lot of rumors about Riquelme. So, it's official: McD reads Big Soccer.

56:40 - More streamers from the Nordecke, and the broadcast team have the utter gumption to say that Crew fans are essentially just ripping off Toronto FC fans.

Are you kidding me? Watch any game in South America, and you'll see the same thing. Toronto fans can put another quill in their already enlarged hat, though, because apprently Dwight Burgess and Bill McDermott think TFC fans came up with the idea. Unbelievable.

59:13 - Pat Onstad is on his game tonight. He punches away another dangerous cross off the foot Guille from a set piece. Onstad is the reason the Dynamo didn't lose this game 4-0.

60:10 - OK, someone needs to tell Gino Padula that he's a defender, and he's not supposed to be so good offensively. He hits a wicked left-footed shot off the crossbar from the set piece. Kudos to Sigi for pulling that guy out of the French 2nd division.

62:15 - Hesmer gets his body in the way off another cross, and lays out in the process to come away with it in a scrum. Really, this game was a battle of two great keepers. Seeing as how Onstad was the keeper for the league champs the last two years, I'll take having his counterpart on a night like this.

64:25 - Sideline gal Katie Witham talks with Sigi about an apparent tweaking of the knee that Gino Padula suffered earleir in the match. Sigi explains that Gino has to come off because he's hurt, which explains the EZ sub that had all of us in attendance scratching our heads. Still, he didn't look injured after that free kick...

65:30 - Guille whistles one just outside the near post, and it looks like it would have beat Onstad had it had just a little less bend to it. Guille is still pure class, and his haircut is legendary.

68:33 - This is where Hesmer starts to shine. He knocks down a screaming shot from DeRosario, and covers for the save. Truly some great goalkeeping in this game.

73:09 - Daniel O'Rourke clears after Hesmer comes off his line for a tough challenge. I know a lot of people were getting on to D earlier this year, but he has really stepped up his game after getting his PK situations out of the way.

74:09 - If Patrick Ianni had a lunch, Alejandro Moreno ate it by this point. Milkshake was drank as well. That's two really poor games from Ianni.

74:53 - Alejandro Moreno gets another header from a Guille cross, only to have it cleared off the line by one of the Houston field players! Oh, he's so close to having 7-8 goals instead of 4.

79:25 - Again, the Crew loses power on one of the lights above the stadium. That's about the only thing they've lost at home all season...

BA-DUM BUM PSSH! Thank you, I'll be here all week!

80:41 - William Hesmer takes a knock while going to clear a corner kick in the box, and he stays down. It looks from the replay that he got clipped in midair by one of the Houston players or Ezra. In person, it looked like Ezra got him with an elbow. Either way, he got back up and got to hear the Nordecke chanting "William Hesmer!"

81:13 Jason Matthews is on the field looking at Hesmer, which reminds me of the story I wanted to tell you:

As we were all cheering earlier in the game, Matthews was running down by our corner. He looks up in the stands, smiled, and then pulled up his warmup shirt to reveal his Hudson Street Hooligans shirt! HSH is grwoing massively, folks.

82:45 - Hesmer dusts himself off to make another spectacular save. I want to get a William Hesmer wig.

84:28 - At this point, I was standing in the Nordecke going "5 and a half minutes to go". Anyone else? Thought so...

88:35 - Wade Barret took a beautiful shot to the far upper 90, only to be bested by the play of the game, a TREMENDOUS save from William Hesmer. To put this play in perspective, Bill McDrmott felt the need to compare the save to a salmon leaping out of water, whatever the hell that means.

FIVE MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME?!?! I thought they did away with overtime...

90+ - Hesmer gets a yellow for taking too long, his 2nd of the year. I've never seen a keeper get one card for that, and he has two in the last two games.

- Frankie Hejduk gets a yellow for taking too long on the throw in. I hope no one ends up sitting a match because of time-wasting.

And the whistle finally blows, Crew win 1-0! Sigi Schmid gets his 100th of his career. The Crew are 3-0 at home! And, we're still top of the table!!!!

A few things to take away from this game:

- Hesmer was definitely Man of the Match. His heart and toughness saved this game for the Crew.

- Is Gino Padula going to be alright? Apparently, he feels he could have stayed on, but he is getting an MRI on Monday.

- The Crew have consistently faced better and better competition this season, and have risen to the task almost every week. I think the Dynamo were truly the best team we've played this season, despite their record.

- Can the Crew get back off their heels and start bringing the pressure and pace like they did in the first three games? Let's hope so, as they'll need another strong effort when they face KC this week.

What a game, what a night, and what a way to beat the defending champs!

Up next: Kansas City.

Morning Afterthoughts - Houston

I need some help. After a 4-1 start to the season, all of the soft-squishy parts of my body are becoming numb to my constant pinching in my vain attempt to wake myself up from what I thought had to be a dream. Apparently it's not. Last night was yet another historic night for the Nordecke, and the Crew are off to their best start in 10 years! Danny O'Rourke even got an interview on 610 WTVN's sports show this morning. And to top it all off, Toronto knocked off KC, leaving Columbus alone at the top of the table!

As always, here are my thoughts after re-watching the replay online:

Pre-kick:

Welcome to Crew Stadium! The always-cool Dwight Burgess and ever-annoying Bill McDermott have the call for us today on CSN, which is the only OTA signal in Columbus to have not gone digital yet. Hope they get on that soon.

First Half:

:55 - First goal kick of the game, and as Pat Onstad flights a long ball into the Columbus half of the field, one can clearly hear the Nordecke's "You suck, asshole" over the broadcast team.

I'll take a moment here to give kudos to the man known as Hard Hat Mike. He fought off bronchitis and stood in the pit, valiantly leading the cheers with the brand new and much-anticipated megaphone. You earned that face-paint last night, Mike.

1:50 - Carrachio puts a header to the goal, but William Hesmer steps up to make his first save of the game. Leaving the game last night, from what I could see, Hesmer was heads and shoulders above all the choice for MOTM. We'll see if I still feel that way after rewatching the game.

2:15 - Bizarre play. Mulrooney plays the ball back to Onstad, who had already committed to sliding to pick it up. Houston gives up and indirect free kick in the box. This gave me one fewer items on my "stuff I've never seen live at a soccer game" list. Now all I have left are "compound fracture", "keeper scoring from the opposite net", and "Abel Xavier playing decently."

6:01 - You can clearly hear "Columbus" in the background.

6:39 - I know it's completely juvenile, but I laugh every time Bill McDermott says "Sigi really like the balls he plays into the midfield". I just wish Dwight would follow that up with a long pause, and then "Yep, Sigi is a fan of that player's balls..."

8:30 - Pat Onstad is apparently an asshole, and he sucks. So I hear.

10:01 - Wow, almost a foul in the box for Franklin Hejduk. (Hey, if Will Hesmer insists on being called "William", I'm keeping that rule for all the players). The fould was LITERALLY an inch outside of the box.

11:15 - Gene Padula gets in on the fouling action. If you doubt for a second that the "Fair Play" Award is a joke, watch a 2008 Crew game. The team was blatantly offended by that award, and is now overcompensating by fouling the bejesus out of every team they face. Not that I mind, I'm just saying...

11:47 - Crap! Houston 1-0 off a Brad Davis free kick.

BUT WAIT! The ref does and Amy Winhouse and says "No, No, No." Dwayne DeRosario was off by a country mile, and the flag goes up.

Hang on, I have to go change my pants...

OK, I'm back.

13:25 - Although it sounds like "blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah Columbus!", it's actually, "Yo se le voy, le voy a Columbus" or something like that. It's a La Turbina chant that apparently means "I am the voice of Columbus". Anyway, you can hear that now too.

15:48 - OK, now I'm hearing the "Alejandro Moreno" chant to the tune of The White Stripe's "Seven Nation Army." Need to change my pants again, but now for totally different reasons.

16:43 - Franklin Hejduk works to clear the ball, only to get it batted down by referee Terry Vaughn's noggin. And down goes Vaughn! Our head zebra tried to shake it off, but he needed a second to recompose himself. Also, Jason Matthews, head trainer for the Crew, came out to give him a look. On the broadcast, you can see Jason and Terry having a laugh. Which reminds me, I'll have to tell you a story about Jason later on, as the man is a cool cat.

19:37 - Wade Barrett heads the ball down, and almost right to GBS's foot. Sadly Onstad makes a save. Apparently the Houston defense wants to make sure he's back to full strength.

21:30 - Little noticed, but true: Adam Moffat saves the ball that Guillermo plays into the box. In the ensuing scrum, the ball is knocked over the endline by a Houston player, setting up Guille's corner. Once again, Adam Moffat has a hand in a key play for the Crew.

21:52 - GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Alejandro makes it three games in a row, and scores his 4th in 5 games!

Guillermo sends in a beautiful outswinging cross, which Chad Marshall heads on goal after coming off one of the best screens I've seen since March Madness. Moreno doesn't quit on the play, and the Crew are up 1-0!

In related news, Joseph Ngwenya is trying to learn Swiss.

27:21 - Boby Boswell chops down Moreno, and gets booked. Can I just say that song is stuck in my head yet again? Aaaaahlenhandro Mooorenoooo!

29:35 - This buildup from Robert Rogers was fantastic. Rogers steals the ball in the defensive third, beats two men, lays it off briefly to Schelotto, who taps right into more space for Rogers, who passes to Edward Gaven, who carries it across the field and hits Franklin Hejduk in space, who flights a beautiful ball that Moreno is mere inches from burying into the back of the net. Unfortunately, Patrick Onstad gets to the ball first.

(Hey, don't look at me. Blame William Hesmer for starting the full-name trend...)

30:50 - Speaking of, Hemser makes a tough 50-50 save, taking a shot in the ribs in the process. He really put his body on the line during this game.

33:55 - William Hesmer somehow makes a save after poor clearance from the Crew back line. He ends up stuffing Carrachio, then as Carrachio and Carrol get tangled up, jumps on the pile to keep the ball an inch off the goal line. That looked more like rugby than soccer.

34:57 - And on the ensuing attack, Gino Padula uncorks a right-footed beauty of a shot that would make Beckham jealous. The shot is JUST over the bar, but on the plus side, it did break one of the Crewzer's legs. Their hammy, untoned legs that is.

45+ - GBS ends the half with a beautiful cross off a set piece, but it is just barely poked away by Onstad. Can't imagine how nuts the place would have been had we scored there. Ah well.

2nd half

47:51 - Adam Moffat sees the yellow for a late challenge on Ricardo Clark. I'm OK with that, but the Crew are going to need to start watching out for accumulation.

49:55 - First corner of the night for Houston in the Nordecke, and oh was it a shower! Davis doesn't end up kicking this thing until the 52nd minute, and Guille has to come over to tell us to stop. Hahahahahaha! Tremendous showing by the Nordecke once again. If I were the opposing team, I would not want to take corners in that end.

54:56 - Great run by Rogers, and Guille finds him in the open space. Robbie takes it across the 18 yard box, and fires a shot, well-defended though by Onstad.

As long as the Crew keep winning , I'm OK with Robbie's shots not going in. That may sound odd, but I'd rather have a full summer of Robbie than a summer of Robbie splitting time with the U-23's in China. Once the final roster is set in stone, I hope he bags three a game. Until then, keep shooting it Robbie!


55:59 - Bill McDermott just said that he's heard a lot of rumors about Riquelme. So, it's official: McD reads Big Soccer.

56:40 - More streamers from the Nordecke, and the broadcast team have the utter gumption to say that Crew fans are essentially just ripping off Toronto FC fans.

Are you kidding me? Watch any game in South America, and you'll see the same thing. Toronto fans can put another quill in their already enlarged hat, though, because apprently Dwight Burgess and Bill McDermott think TFC fans came up with the idea. Unbelievable.

59:13 - Pat Onstad is on his game tonight. He punches away another dangerous cross off the foot Guille from a set piece. Onstad is the reason the Dynamo didn't lose this game 4-0.

60:10 - OK, someone needs to tell Gino Padula that he's a defender, and he's not supposed to be so good offensively. He hits a wicked left-footed shot off the crossbar from the set piece. Kudos to Sigi for pulling that guy out of the French 2nd division.

62:15 - Hesmer gets his body in the way off another cross, and lays out in the process to come away with it in a scrum. Really, this game was a battle of two great keepers. Seeing as how Onstad was the keeper for the league champs the last two years, I'll take having his counterpart on a night like this.

64:25 - Sideline gal Katie Witham talks with Sigi about an apparent tweaking of the knee that Gino Padula suffered earleir in the match. Sigi explains that Gino has to come off because he's hurt, which explains the EZ sub that had all of us in attendance scratching our heads. Still, he didn't look injured after that free kick...

65:30 - Guille whistles one just outside the near post, and it looks like it would have beat Onstad had it had just a little less bend to it. Guille is still pure class, and his haircut is legendary.

68:33 - This is where Hesmer starts to shine. He knocks down a screaming shot from DeRosario, and covers for the save. Truly some great goalkeeping in this game.

73:09 - Daniel O'Rourke clears after Hesmer comes off his line for a tough challenge. I know a lot of people were getting on to D earlier this year, but he has really stepped up his game after getting his PK situations out of the way.

74:09 - If Patrick Ianni had a lunch, Alejandro Moreno ate it by this point. Milkshake was drank as well. That's two really poor games from Ianni.

74:53 - Alejandro Moreno gets another header from a Guille cross, only to have it cleared off the line by one of the Houston field players! Oh, he's so close to having 7-8 goals instead of 4.

79:25 - Again, the Crew loses power on one of the lights above the stadium. That's about the only thing they've lost at home all season...

BA-DUM BUM PSSH! Thank you, I'll be here all week!

80:41 - William Hesmer takes a knock while going to clear a corner kick in the box, and he stays down. It looks from the replay that he got clipped in midair by one of the Houston players or Ezra. In person, it looked like Ezra got him with an elbow. Either way, he got back up and got to hear the Nordecke chanting "William Hesmer!"

81:13 Jason Matthews is on the field looking at Hesmer, which reminds me of the story I wanted to tell you:

As we were all cheering earlier in the game, Matthews was running down by our corner. He looks up in the stands, smiled, and then pulled up his warmup shirt to reveal his Hudson Street Hooligans shirt! HSH is grwoing massively, folks.

82:45 - Hesmer dusts himself off to make another spectacular save. I want to get a William Hesmer wig.

84:28 - At this point, I was standing in the Nordecke going "5 and a half minutes to go". Anyone else? Thought so...

88:35 - Wade Barret took a beautiful shot to the far upper 90, only to be bested by the play of the game, a TREMENDOUS save from William Hesmer. To put this play in perspective, Bill McDrmott felt the need to compare the save to a salmon leaping out of water, whatever the hell that means.

FIVE MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME?!?! I thought they did away with overtime...

90+ - Hesmer gets a yellow for taking too long, his 2nd of the year. I've never seen a keeper get one card for that, and he has two in the last two games.

- Frankie Hejduk gets a yellow for taking too long on the throw in. I hope no one ends up sitting a match because of time-wasting.

And the whistle finally blows, Crew win 1-0! Sigi Schmid gets his 100th of his career. The Crew are 3-0 at home! And, we're still top of the table!!!!

A few things to take away from this game:

- Hesmer was definitely Man of the Match. His heart and toughness saved this game for the Crew.

- Is Gino Padula going to be alright? Apparently, he feels he could have stayed on, but he is getting an MRI on Monday.

- The Crew have consistently faced better and better competition this season, and have risen to the task almost every week. I think the Dynamo were truly the best team we've played this season, despite their record.

- Can the Crew get back off their heels and start bringing the pressure and pace like they did in the first three games? Let's hope so, as they'll need another strong effort when they face KC this week.

What a game, what a night, and what a way to beat the defending champs!

Up next: Kansas City.

"We could be 0-5"

That statement was recited to me today at work by Mr. Dwight Burgess in reference to the first five matches of the Crew's season. For those of you who do not know Dwight, he is the play-by-play announcer for the Crew on TV when matches are not being televised by a national station, as well as the men's and women's soccer head coach at Capital University.

I said to him in passing today "How bout the Crew!", his response, I don't know how they are doing it, maybe it's smoke and mirrors, but they could easily be 0-5."

This made me reflect on the first 5 matches of the season.

TFC - No way we were going to lose this match. At least this is what I thought at the stadium drunk off of my ass. Watching replays of this game though it was a lot more closely contested than I originally had thought, nor wanted to admit. You know what won it for us though.....hustle, tough play, and a sense that losing was not an option. The Crew played with emotion.

NY - if it was not for that first 9 minutes, could we possibly be 5-0 right now?

Chivas - We blow a two goal lead in the second half, and maybe some supporters are starting to think if this is the Crew team from the last few seasons we are watching. But once again, the toughness, passion and emotion of the players show again, and they believe they won't lose this game.

D.C. United - Once again, close match. Closer than final scoreline shows. United came in waves at time, but the Crew defence would not break. Toughness, passion, emotion, mentality of this team is changing right in front of our eyes.

Houston - WOW, if I was older I might have suffered a heart attack during this game. I was nervous. Houston controlled possession most of the game, and had ample opportunities to at least draw even. The D performed, there was a scramble to keep the ball of the line, William Hesmer makes a phenomenal save in the 89th, and the Crew barely hang on for the win. Toughness, passion, emotion.

So, 4-1 looks pretty damn good, we are top of the league and people in the MLS are starting to remember that the Crew exist. But really looking back on it, could we be 0-5 as coach Burgess suggested? If this were the Crew of the last three seasons, then I would say yes. This team though is different. This team believes they can and should win games. This team has a bunch of the hardest working sons of bitches in the league on the team. This team is tough physically and mentally. This team is playing for the Nordecke, and for the city of Columbus. THIS IS THE HARDEST WORKING TEAM IN AMERICA. Someone lit a fire under their asses (maybe it was an on field flare) and I hope the flame never extinguishes.

We are the supporters of Columbus.......The Crew are OUR TEAM..... Crew Stadium is OUR HOUSE.....and this team and city are turning into the toughest SONS OF BITCHES in the MLS, no one wants to come here to play the Crew......just ask those poor saps taking corner kicks in the Nordecke!