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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

12/31/08: Here's To A Red Card-Less Crew New Year

I received this article by Allen the other day in my e-mail and found it mildly entertaining, especially the ending:

Player sets unwanted record with three-second dismissal

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - A player with English minor league club Chippenham Town has set a record for the fastest-red card in senior soccer when he was sent off for a wild tackle three seconds after kickoff, British media reported on Monday.

Striker David Pratt, 21, was dismissed in a Southern Premier League game against Bashley on Saturday.

The previous fastest sending-off is generally accepted to be 10 seconds for Bologna’s Giuseppe Lorenzo after he struck an opponent in a 1990 Italian league game.

English soccer’s previous “best” was 13 seconds when Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman handled outside his box in a game in 2000.

Also in 2000 an English amateur player, Lee Todd, was sent off after two seconds when he responded to the referee’s whistle to start the game by saying “xxxx me, that was loud” and was dismissed for foul and abusive language.


Although MLS has some of the most abysmal ref's in the game of soccer(as MLS refs can't understand the difference between a penalty and Beckham being blown over by the wind), luckily we have no Graham Poll's. I found this biography interesting as basically every week in his last half of the season Graham Poll had a red card or some sort of trouble. Graham Poll is the referee who famously produced three yellow cards in the World Cup for Australia vs. Croatia:

The whole program can be watched by clicking to the next scene after this one finishes up.

And, to sum up red cards:

What's better than little tyke's fighting.

Anyways, here's to hoping for a red card-less Crew New Year.

12/31/08: Here's To A Red Card-Less Crew New Year

I received this article by Allen the other day in my e-mail and found it mildly entertaining, especially the ending:

Player sets unwanted record with three-second dismissal

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - A player with English minor league club Chippenham Town has set a record for the fastest-red card in senior soccer when he was sent off for a wild tackle three seconds after kickoff, British media reported on Monday.

Striker David Pratt, 21, was dismissed in a Southern Premier League game against Bashley on Saturday.

The previous fastest sending-off is generally accepted to be 10 seconds for Bologna’s Giuseppe Lorenzo after he struck an opponent in a 1990 Italian league game.

English soccer’s previous “best” was 13 seconds when Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman handled outside his box in a game in 2000.

Also in 2000 an English amateur player, Lee Todd, was sent off after two seconds when he responded to the referee’s whistle to start the game by saying “xxxx me, that was loud” and was dismissed for foul and abusive language.


Although MLS has some of the most abysmal ref's in the game of soccer(as MLS refs can't understand the difference between a penalty and Beckham being blown over by the wind), luckily we have no Graham Poll's. I found this biography interesting as basically every week in his last half of the season Graham Poll had a red card or some sort of trouble. Graham Poll is the referee who famously produced three yellow cards in the World Cup for Australia vs. Croatia:

The whole program can be watched by clicking to the next scene after this one finishes up.

And, to sum up red cards:

What's better than little tyke's fighting.

Anyways, here's to hoping for a red card-less Crew New Year.

12/31/08: Here's To A Red Card-Less Crew New Year

I received this article by Allen the other day in my e-mail and found it mildly entertaining, especially the ending:

Player sets unwanted record with three-second dismissal

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - A player with English minor league club Chippenham Town has set a record for the fastest-red card in senior soccer when he was sent off for a wild tackle three seconds after kickoff, British media reported on Monday.

Striker David Pratt, 21, was dismissed in a Southern Premier League game against Bashley on Saturday.

The previous fastest sending-off is generally accepted to be 10 seconds for Bologna’s Giuseppe Lorenzo after he struck an opponent in a 1990 Italian league game.

English soccer’s previous “best” was 13 seconds when Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman handled outside his box in a game in 2000.

Also in 2000 an English amateur player, Lee Todd, was sent off after two seconds when he responded to the referee’s whistle to start the game by saying “xxxx me, that was loud” and was dismissed for foul and abusive language.


Although MLS has some of the most abysmal ref's in the game of soccer(as MLS refs can't understand the difference between a penalty and Beckham being blown over by the wind), luckily we have no Graham Poll's. I found this biography interesting as basically every week in his last half of the season Graham Poll had a red card or some sort of trouble. Graham Poll is the referee who famously produced three yellow cards in the World Cup for Australia vs. Croatia:

The whole program can be watched by clicking to the next scene after this one finishes up.

And, to sum up red cards:

What's better than little tyke's fighting.

Anyways, here's to hoping for a red card-less Crew New Year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

12/30/08: What Does The Deuce Have In Store For Us In February

When it comes to U.S. National Team players, Dempsey has always been a personal favorite of mine because of his skill and attitude. I wish more Americans would have his in your face type style.

This past weekend Dempsey's stock rose even a little more overseas as he scored twice in a 2-2 tie with Chelsea. Here are the 10 minute highlights from the game:



With the above skill, the Nordecke has to be looking forward to see what Dempsey has in store for us against Mexico on February 11th (hopefully a jump into the Nordecke). So, I'm looking forward to see Dempsey. What player are you most interested in seeing on February 11th? Feel free to vote in the poll in the column on the right or leave a comment.

12/30/08: What Does The Deuce Have In Store For Us In February

When it comes to U.S. National Team players, Dempsey has always been a personal favorite of mine because of his skill and attitude. I wish more Americans would have his in your face type style.

This past weekend Dempsey's stock rose even a little more overseas as he scored twice in a 2-2 tie with Chelsea. Here are the 10 minute highlights from the game:



With the above skill, the Nordecke has to be looking forward to see what Dempsey has in store for us against Mexico on February 11th (hopefully a jump into the Nordecke). So, I'm looking forward to see Dempsey. What player are you most interested in seeing on February 11th? Feel free to vote in the poll in the column on the right or leave a comment.

12/30/08: What Does The Deuce Have In Store For Us In February

When it comes to U.S. National Team players, Dempsey has always been a personal favorite of mine because of his skill and attitude. I wish more Americans would have his in your face type style.

This past weekend Dempsey's stock rose even a little more overseas as he scored twice in a 2-2 tie with Chelsea. Here are the 10 minute highlights from the game:



With the above skill, the Nordecke has to be looking forward to see what Dempsey has in store for us against Mexico on February 11th (hopefully a jump into the Nordecke). So, I'm looking forward to see Dempsey. What player are you most interested in seeing on February 11th? Feel free to vote in the poll in the column on the right or leave a comment.

12/30/08: Likelihood High- Palermo and The Crew In Contact, Could Be Perfect Timing for Palermo

(Image via:Infobae.com)

This little gem from Sports Illustrated is likely to make Crew fans do a little dance:
Palermo, who for several years played alongside Barros Schelotto in Boca's intimidating attack, has said he would like to join Guille in Columbus, and apparently there has been contact between both clubs. Now is the perfect time for such a move. El Loco is coming off a serious knee injury and may not be guaranteed a first-team place at Boca next season thanks to the emergence of several young new stars. Columbus would be the ideal setting for Palermo, as he'd be able to relive his once amazing partnership with Guillermo.

Likelihood: High


If McCullers, HSG, and Warzycha were to persuade Palermo in January then all Crew fans would probably go into raptures(may even have to put up a Clark Hunt or McCullers poster in my apartment next to the words "genius" with an arrow pointing towards them). On the other hand if Palermo comes, the rest of MLS may just want to cancel the season and give us the Cup right now.

Let me get this straight, the 2009 Crew, the most domestic players in the U.S. camp, Guillermo, and now Palermo as a replacement to Brad Evans. Well, geez I might not be able to control my excitement for March 21st. If you thought the Nordecke was a cheerful place after goals, just wait until we are peppering the opposition 4-0 nightly.

So, here's my Dream Lineup(this might be okay with the more offensively minded Warzycha, as he may bump up another player and play with two forwards, since he is more attack minded then Sigi):
-------Palermo-------Moreno----------
------Guillermo Barros Schelotto-----
Rogers--------Carroll-----------Gaven
Padula----Marshall--O'Rourke---Hejduk
--------------Hesmer-----------------

First off the bench: Ekpo, Moffat, Noonan, Lenhart, Iro,

So, dear Lord make this happen, from Crew fans. If this were to happen, we would not only have another great chance at more domestic trophies but also a shot at a CONCACAF Champions League title.

12/30/08: Likelihood High- Palermo and The Crew In Contact, Could Be Perfect Timing for Palermo

(Image via:Infobae.com)

This little gem from Sports Illustrated is likely to make Crew fans do a little dance:
Palermo, who for several years played alongside Barros Schelotto in Boca's intimidating attack, has said he would like to join Guille in Columbus, and apparently there has been contact between both clubs. Now is the perfect time for such a move. El Loco is coming off a serious knee injury and may not be guaranteed a first-team place at Boca next season thanks to the emergence of several young new stars. Columbus would be the ideal setting for Palermo, as he'd be able to relive his once amazing partnership with Guillermo.

Likelihood: High


If McCullers, HSG, and Warzycha were to persuade Palermo in January then all Crew fans would probably go into raptures(may even have to put up a Clark Hunt or McCullers poster in my apartment next to the words "genius" with an arrow pointing towards them). On the other hand if Palermo comes, the rest of MLS may just want to cancel the season and give us the Cup right now.

Let me get this straight, the 2009 Crew, the most domestic players in the U.S. camp, Guillermo, and now Palermo as a replacement to Brad Evans. Well, geez I might not be able to control my excitement for March 21st. If you thought the Nordecke was a cheerful place after goals, just wait until we are peppering the opposition 4-0 nightly.

So, here's my Dream Lineup(this might be okay with the more offensively minded Warzycha, as he may bump up another player and play with two forwards, since he is more attack minded then Sigi):
-------Palermo-------Moreno----------
------Guillermo Barros Schelotto-----
Rogers--------Carroll-----------Gaven
Padula----Marshall--O'Rourke---Hejduk
--------------Hesmer-----------------

First off the bench: Ekpo, Moffat, Noonan, Lenhart, Iro,

So, dear Lord make this happen, from Crew fans. If this were to happen, we would not only have another great chance at more domestic trophies but also a shot at a CONCACAF Champions League title.

12/30/08: Likelihood High- Palermo and The Crew In Contact, Could Be Perfect Timing for Palermo

(Image via:Infobae.com)

This little gem from Sports Illustrated is likely to make Crew fans do a little dance:
Palermo, who for several years played alongside Barros Schelotto in Boca's intimidating attack, has said he would like to join Guille in Columbus, and apparently there has been contact between both clubs. Now is the perfect time for such a move. El Loco is coming off a serious knee injury and may not be guaranteed a first-team place at Boca next season thanks to the emergence of several young new stars. Columbus would be the ideal setting for Palermo, as he'd be able to relive his once amazing partnership with Guillermo.

Likelihood: High


If McCullers, HSG, and Warzycha were to persuade Palermo in January then all Crew fans would probably go into raptures(may even have to put up a Clark Hunt or McCullers poster in my apartment next to the words "genius" with an arrow pointing towards them). On the other hand if Palermo comes, the rest of MLS may just want to cancel the season and give us the Cup right now.

Let me get this straight, the 2009 Crew, the most domestic players in the U.S. camp, Guillermo, and now Palermo as a replacement to Brad Evans. Well, geez I might not be able to control my excitement for March 21st. If you thought the Nordecke was a cheerful place after goals, just wait until we are peppering the opposition 4-0 nightly.

So, here's my Dream Lineup(this might be okay with the more offensively minded Warzycha, as he may bump up another player and play with two forwards, since he is more attack minded then Sigi):
-------Palermo-------Moreno----------
------Guillermo Barros Schelotto-----
Rogers--------Carroll-----------Gaven
Padula----Marshall--O'Rourke---Hejduk
--------------Hesmer-----------------

First off the bench: Ekpo, Moffat, Noonan, Lenhart, Iro,

So, dear Lord make this happen, from Crew fans. If this were to happen, we would not only have another great chance at more domestic trophies but also a shot at a CONCACAF Champions League title.

12/30/08: 5 Crew Players Called Into US National Team Camp


Robbie Rogers is one of five Crew players selected for the January camp.

Five Columbus Crew players have been called into the 25 man camp that includes mainly MLS players along with a few Scandinavian based players. Columbus tops the overall list in players given the call into camp with five compared to the Dynamo's four. Selected Crew players include Carroll, Gaven, Hesmer, Marshall, and Rogers. Hejduk has been left off the list as he has likely already secured his spot on the roster for USA vs. Mexico.

The camp runs from January 4th to the 25tb in Carson, California. This camp excludes the American players still in their European season. Expect not many on the list(below) to make the official roster for USA vs. Mexico in Columbus. But, if some of the above five Crew players do impress, then possibly they will find a spot on the roster and a spot in front of our eyes on February 11th, 2008:

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
Busch, Jon GK 5’10” 165 8/18/1976 1/0 Albany, N.Y. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Bornstein, Jonathan D 5’9” 145 11/7/1984 13/1 Los Alamitos, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Califf, Danny D 6'1 175 3/17/1980 21/1 Orange, Calif. FC Midtjylland (Denmark)
Cameron, Geoff M 6’3” 185 7/11/1985 0/0 Attleboro, Mass. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Carroll, Brian M 5’10” 155 7/20/1981 6/0 Springfield, Va. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Ching, Brian F 6’1” 195 5/24/1978 32/9 Haleiwa, Hawaii Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Clark, Ricardo M 5’10” 150 5/10/1983 16/1 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Cooper, Kenny F 6’3” 210 10/21/1984 3/2 Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Davies, Charlie F 5’10” 160 6/25/1986 4/1 Manchester, N.H. Hammarby IF (Sweden)
Franklin, Sean D 5’10” 155 3/21/1985 0/0 Palmdale, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Gaven, Eddie M 6’0 165 10/25/1986 5/0 Hamilton, N.J. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Gibbs, Cory D 6’1” 178 1/14/1980 19/0 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Goodson, Clarence D 6’4” 170 5/17/1982 2/0 Alexandria, Va. IK Start (Norway)
Hesmer, Will GK 6’2” 195 11/23/1981 0/0 Wilson, N.C. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Holden, Stuart M 5’10” 160 8/1/1985 0/0 Houston, Texas Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Jewsbury, Jack M 6’0” 185 4/13/1981 0/0 Springfield, Mo. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Kljestan, Sacha M 6’1” 150 9/9/1985 12/0 Huntington Beach, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Marshall, Chad D 6’4” 190 8/22/1984 4/1 Riverside, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Perkins, Troy GK 6’2” 190 7/20/1981 0/0 Worthington, Ohio Valerenga IF (Norway)
Pickens, Matt GK 6’3” 200 4/5/1982 0/0 Washington, Mo. out of contract
Rogers, Robbie M 5’10” 165 5/12/1987 0/0 Huntington Beach, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Rolfe, Chris F 5’8” 145 1/17/1983 9/0 Kettering, Ohio Chicago Fire (MLS)
Thorrington, John M 5’8” 150 10/17/1979 3/0 Palos Verdes, Calif. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Wingert, Chris D 5’10” 155 6/16/1982 0/0 Babylon, N.Y. Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Congrats to the Crew players who have made the list.

Official link.

12/30/08: 5 Crew Players Called Into US National Team Camp


Robbie Rogers is one of five Crew players selected for the January camp.

Five Columbus Crew players have been called into the 25 man camp that includes mainly MLS players along with a few Scandinavian based players. Columbus tops the overall list in players given the call into camp with five compared to the Dynamo's four. Selected Crew players include Carroll, Gaven, Hesmer, Marshall, and Rogers. Hejduk has been left off the list as he has likely already secured his spot on the roster for USA vs. Mexico.

The camp runs from January 4th to the 25tb in Carson, California. This camp excludes the American players still in their European season. Expect not many on the list(below) to make the official roster for USA vs. Mexico in Columbus. But, if some of the above five Crew players do impress, then possibly they will find a spot on the roster and a spot in front of our eyes on February 11th, 2008:

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
Busch, Jon GK 5’10” 165 8/18/1976 1/0 Albany, N.Y. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Bornstein, Jonathan D 5’9” 145 11/7/1984 13/1 Los Alamitos, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Califf, Danny D 6'1 175 3/17/1980 21/1 Orange, Calif. FC Midtjylland (Denmark)
Cameron, Geoff M 6’3” 185 7/11/1985 0/0 Attleboro, Mass. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Carroll, Brian M 5’10” 155 7/20/1981 6/0 Springfield, Va. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Ching, Brian F 6’1” 195 5/24/1978 32/9 Haleiwa, Hawaii Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Clark, Ricardo M 5’10” 150 5/10/1983 16/1 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Cooper, Kenny F 6’3” 210 10/21/1984 3/2 Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Davies, Charlie F 5’10” 160 6/25/1986 4/1 Manchester, N.H. Hammarby IF (Sweden)
Franklin, Sean D 5’10” 155 3/21/1985 0/0 Palmdale, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Gaven, Eddie M 6’0 165 10/25/1986 5/0 Hamilton, N.J. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Gibbs, Cory D 6’1” 178 1/14/1980 19/0 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Goodson, Clarence D 6’4” 170 5/17/1982 2/0 Alexandria, Va. IK Start (Norway)
Hesmer, Will GK 6’2” 195 11/23/1981 0/0 Wilson, N.C. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Holden, Stuart M 5’10” 160 8/1/1985 0/0 Houston, Texas Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Jewsbury, Jack M 6’0” 185 4/13/1981 0/0 Springfield, Mo. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Kljestan, Sacha M 6’1” 150 9/9/1985 12/0 Huntington Beach, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Marshall, Chad D 6’4” 190 8/22/1984 4/1 Riverside, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Perkins, Troy GK 6’2” 190 7/20/1981 0/0 Worthington, Ohio Valerenga IF (Norway)
Pickens, Matt GK 6’3” 200 4/5/1982 0/0 Washington, Mo. out of contract
Rogers, Robbie M 5’10” 165 5/12/1987 0/0 Huntington Beach, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Rolfe, Chris F 5’8” 145 1/17/1983 9/0 Kettering, Ohio Chicago Fire (MLS)
Thorrington, John M 5’8” 150 10/17/1979 3/0 Palos Verdes, Calif. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Wingert, Chris D 5’10” 155 6/16/1982 0/0 Babylon, N.Y. Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Congrats to the Crew players who have made the list.

Official link.

12/30/08: 5 Crew Players Called Into US National Team Camp


Robbie Rogers is one of five Crew players selected for the January camp.

Five Columbus Crew players have been called into the 25 man camp that includes mainly MLS players along with a few Scandinavian based players. Columbus tops the overall list in players given the call into camp with five compared to the Dynamo's four. Selected Crew players include Carroll, Gaven, Hesmer, Marshall, and Rogers. Hejduk has been left off the list as he has likely already secured his spot on the roster for USA vs. Mexico.

The camp runs from January 4th to the 25tb in Carson, California. This camp excludes the American players still in their European season. Expect not many on the list(below) to make the official roster for USA vs. Mexico in Columbus. But, if some of the above five Crew players do impress, then possibly they will find a spot on the roster and a spot in front of our eyes on February 11th, 2008:

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
Busch, Jon GK 5’10” 165 8/18/1976 1/0 Albany, N.Y. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Bornstein, Jonathan D 5’9” 145 11/7/1984 13/1 Los Alamitos, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Califf, Danny D 6'1 175 3/17/1980 21/1 Orange, Calif. FC Midtjylland (Denmark)
Cameron, Geoff M 6’3” 185 7/11/1985 0/0 Attleboro, Mass. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Carroll, Brian M 5’10” 155 7/20/1981 6/0 Springfield, Va. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Ching, Brian F 6’1” 195 5/24/1978 32/9 Haleiwa, Hawaii Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Clark, Ricardo M 5’10” 150 5/10/1983 16/1 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Cooper, Kenny F 6’3” 210 10/21/1984 3/2 Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Davies, Charlie F 5’10” 160 6/25/1986 4/1 Manchester, N.H. Hammarby IF (Sweden)
Franklin, Sean D 5’10” 155 3/21/1985 0/0 Palmdale, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Gaven, Eddie M 6’0 165 10/25/1986 5/0 Hamilton, N.J. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Gibbs, Cory D 6’1” 178 1/14/1980 19/0 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Goodson, Clarence D 6’4” 170 5/17/1982 2/0 Alexandria, Va. IK Start (Norway)
Hesmer, Will GK 6’2” 195 11/23/1981 0/0 Wilson, N.C. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Holden, Stuart M 5’10” 160 8/1/1985 0/0 Houston, Texas Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Jewsbury, Jack M 6’0” 185 4/13/1981 0/0 Springfield, Mo. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Kljestan, Sacha M 6’1” 150 9/9/1985 12/0 Huntington Beach, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Marshall, Chad D 6’4” 190 8/22/1984 4/1 Riverside, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Perkins, Troy GK 6’2” 190 7/20/1981 0/0 Worthington, Ohio Valerenga IF (Norway)
Pickens, Matt GK 6’3” 200 4/5/1982 0/0 Washington, Mo. out of contract
Rogers, Robbie M 5’10” 165 5/12/1987 0/0 Huntington Beach, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Rolfe, Chris F 5’8” 145 1/17/1983 9/0 Kettering, Ohio Chicago Fire (MLS)
Thorrington, John M 5’8” 150 10/17/1979 3/0 Palos Verdes, Calif. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Wingert, Chris D 5’10” 155 6/16/1982 0/0 Babylon, N.Y. Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Congrats to the Crew players who have made the list.

Official link.

12/30/08: An International Soccer Year In Review & Match of The Week in EPL

Nice article here in the New York Times with interesting stories from the past year.

Match of the Week From Sunday in the EPL, Liverpool 5-Newcastle 1:


I will likely add these weekly in the offseason.

Found this amusing as it gets kind of ugly for a Newcastle fan in the Fan Zone in a 5-1 loss to Liverpool:

12/30/08: An International Soccer Year In Review & Match of The Week in EPL

Nice article here in the New York Times with interesting stories from the past year.

Match of the Week From Sunday in the EPL, Liverpool 5-Newcastle 1:


I will likely add these weekly in the offseason.

Found this amusing as it gets kind of ugly for a Newcastle fan in the Fan Zone in a 5-1 loss to Liverpool:

12/30/08: An International Soccer Year In Review & Match of The Week in EPL

Nice article here in the New York Times with interesting stories from the past year.

Match of the Week From Sunday in the EPL, Liverpool 5-Newcastle 1:


I will likely add these weekly in the offseason.

Found this amusing as it gets kind of ugly for a Newcastle fan in the Fan Zone in a 5-1 loss to Liverpool:

Sunday, December 28, 2008

12/28/08: New Crewture Chant of The Week

A new section I will be doing weekly to add a chant or a couple of chants we can possibly use in 2009:

We'll Meet Again
Done By: Aston Villa fans against their rivals Birmingham City. Works especially well when mocking the opposition when they are down near the end of a game(like in the below video when Aston Villa are winning 5-1). Could also assume use it when your losing, to say we will get another shot.
Video:

Lyrics: We'll Meet Again,
Don't know where, don't know when,
But, I know we'll meet again some sunny day.

Who could we use it against?: Chicago, Toronto, DC. Possibly some other teams if the moment is right. Used usually to mock the opposition.
Comes From:
Vera Lynn's 1939 Rendition of We'll Meet Again(go to 1:30):

A Johnny Cash version(go to 18 seconds, sorry about the random family only video I could find:

12/28/08: New Crewture Chant of The Week

A new section I will be doing weekly to add a chant or a couple of chants we can possibly use in 2009:

We'll Meet Again
Done By: Aston Villa fans against their rivals Birmingham City. Works especially well when mocking the opposition when they are down near the end of a game(like in the below video when Aston Villa are winning 5-1). Could also assume use it when your losing, to say we will get another shot.
Video:

Lyrics: We'll Meet Again,
Don't know where, don't know when,
But, I know we'll meet again some sunny day.

Who could we use it against?: Chicago, Toronto, DC. Possibly some other teams if the moment is right. Used usually to mock the opposition.
Comes From:
Vera Lynn's 1939 Rendition of We'll Meet Again(go to 1:30):

A Johnny Cash version(go to 18 seconds, sorry about the random family only video I could find:

12/28/08: New Crewture Chant of The Week

A new section I will be doing weekly to add a chant or a couple of chants we can possibly use in 2009:

We'll Meet Again
Done By: Aston Villa fans against their rivals Birmingham City. Works especially well when mocking the opposition when they are down near the end of a game(like in the below video when Aston Villa are winning 5-1). Could also assume use it when your losing, to say we will get another shot.
Video:

Lyrics: We'll Meet Again,
Don't know where, don't know when,
But, I know we'll meet again some sunny day.

Who could we use it against?: Chicago, Toronto, DC. Possibly some other teams if the moment is right. Used usually to mock the opposition.
Comes From:
Vera Lynn's 1939 Rendition of We'll Meet Again(go to 1:30):

A Johnny Cash version(go to 18 seconds, sorry about the random family only video I could find:

Saturday, December 27, 2008

12/27/08: Deep Columbus Thoughts Grow On Trees


Because deep thinking can be done by anyone. (Pic via: NBC4i)

According to the "Deep Thoughts"(chuckle) on NBC 4:
Omar’s Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year
10 - MEMORIAL 2008: KENNY PERRY WINS FOR A 3RD TIME
9 - FFN: EASTMOOR GOES TO STATE TITLE GAME & LOGAN ELM’S TURNAROUND, 0-10 TO 12-0
8 - NEWARK AND CHILICOTHE WIN HOOPS STATE TITLES
7 - GRAHAM RAHAL WINS IRL FIRST RACE
6 - COOPER STADIUM CLOSES
5 - BLUE JACKETS - BETTER, NOT GOOD/ARENA LEAGUE CLOSES FOR 2009
4 - DUSTIN CARTER, NO ARMS, NO LEGS - NO PROBLEM
3 - OSU WINS NIT CHAMPIONSHIP
2 - CREW WINS MLS CUP
1 - BUCKEYE FOOTBALL


First off, could someone explain to me how Buckeye Football as a whole encapsulates a moment? Usually, it's one game or one moment in a game, but an entire season? Really? Wow, that's deep.

Secondly, the Crew have it straight up bad when they win the first major professional championship in Ohio since forever (unless you're counting the defunct women's basketball league Columbus Qwest, which I don't really count or knew existed along with the rest of Ohio) and the Crew still end up as the second best moment behind a less than stellar entire 2008 Ohio State football season. No knock on OSU but it was craptastic. If Ohio State won the National Championship or beat some great teams along the way I understand that but this year the Buckeyes did none of that or will likely acheive that goal in the Fiesta Bowl against a superior Texas(I could eat crow, but I'm pretty confident in that prediction). While the Crew defied all the odds against them again and again and again while winning the league and the championship trophy. So, I find it a little baffling when anything "Crew" and "2008" has second place attached to it.


Because of lists like this sometimes I wonder, "ohh, Columbus when will you as a whole also learn about this great thing called the Crew in your own backyard and respect it for the awesomeness that it is?" I have learned to deal with the OSU love being an out of towner, but why not a little love or respect for both, or for something else other than just the red and white?

Who knows. Btw, that previous knock on the Qwest is shortsighted as well because sometimes I wonder just how much the rest of Ohio or Columbus for that matter knows about the Crew or respects what the Crew have achieved in 2008. And, I'm guessing not a whole lot (being America) or at all and this list just shows that again. I figure Crew are only as high as number 2 in a feign attempt to placate us soccer freaks. I get it though, it's a bitch trying to relate to normal Columbusite's or whatever your called just exactly what the Nordecke is without them giving you a retarded deer caught in the headlights glance. Trust me I have tried once or twice and given up. And, you mise well be speaking martian when your at a family dinner party and someone asks the question, "how is your soccer thing going?" And, you extoll the virtues of a beautiful ball somehow finding the feat of Eddie Gaven perfectly like it's roped to his feet and him hitting it majestically in the back of the net while the whole crowd goes fucking mental and you hug your mates without a second thought on hugging or a thought on the beer being spilled out of your hand. The usual curtesy reply in response to my stories with the classmates or the family dinner party respectively is, "ohh, I watched Liverpool once on ESPN or gee that sounds nice, tell me more about law school?" Oh, America... How better your life would be if you could spend your Saturday's extolling how much Matt Reis the goalkeeper of the New England Revs has, "a bucket of sweets and a cheeky smile" or if you could chant "We Support Columbus" while pounding on bleachers so hard they actually break in my row one week after a game winning goal but everyone just adjusted to the top of the broken bleacher and somehow balanced themselves like Shawn Johnson and ignored it like the perfect 10 ignores all the fawning boys at a college party.

Yes, Ohio State managed to beat like 7 other less talented and crappy Big Ten teams along with such powerhouses as Troy State and Ohio University leading to somehow receiving a BCS bid. But, they beat no one actually good unless you're delirous and counting Michigan State. However somehow, this is still enough to beat what the Crew has done on and off the field in 2008, by gaining 2,000 hardcore rabid support in the North Corner of their stadium that rivals and in my opinion beats any atmosphere to be seen or ever imagined in America including *gasp* college football and going from the most pitiful soccer team over the last few years in MLS to winning not only their first championship but the double and putting them into International play in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2009.


So, instead of just beating up on laughable MLS sides like Toronto FC or DC United which mise well be Iowa and Wisconsin, they can also beat up on the good sides of MLS as well as the Mexicans, the Costa Ricans, the Hondurans, the Trinidadians. If they win that, who knows who is next in the Club World Cup, maybe a famous English side like Liverpool.

But, if the rest of Columbus can't get how important winning a MLS Cup is. I'm glad there are some who live and breath for it. I'm glad there are 2,000 Nordeckians as mental as I am on Saturday's about the team. I'm glad there are about 15,000 people usually always in support. As the Marines say it's not bad to be "the few, the proud." I'm also glad there is an outlet to leave the deep thinking behind. It's usually better to leave that to geniouses per sans above anyways.

My shot at Best 10 Sports Moments of 2008:
10- Columbus Crew opens up 2008 by defeating TFC 2-0 and sending over 2,000 Toronto fans crying for the exits. The birth of the Nordecke and a winning season is born.
9- Columbus Crew give New England a 4-0 beatdown.
8- In a 2-2 tie in Chicago around 300 Crew fans make the road trip. Away matches in general. Mine this year include DC once, Chicago twice(Chicago and Peoria), TFC twice.
7- Columbus defeats hated DC United knocking them out of the playoffs and having the Supporters Shield celebration. More of their fans crying.
6- Steven Lenhart's late equalizer against Kansas City on the road in the first round of the playoffs and all of his equalizers.
5-The magic of Guillermo Barros Schelotto registering over 20 assists and 6 goals.
4- Robbie Rogers magic goal from 35 yards out against New York
3- Frankie Hejduk partying with fans by drinking and chanting with them inside and outside the stadium after being suspended for one match for a red card the previous match.
2- 2-1 come from behind victory versus Chicago Fire in front of an absolutely mental crowd.
1- Winning MLS Cup 3-1 and hoisting the trophy.

12/27/08: Deep Columbus Thoughts Grow On Trees


Because deep thinking can be done by anyone. (Pic via: NBC4i)

According to the "Deep Thoughts"(chuckle) on NBC 4:
Omar’s Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year
10 - MEMORIAL 2008: KENNY PERRY WINS FOR A 3RD TIME
9 - FFN: EASTMOOR GOES TO STATE TITLE GAME & LOGAN ELM’S TURNAROUND, 0-10 TO 12-0
8 - NEWARK AND CHILICOTHE WIN HOOPS STATE TITLES
7 - GRAHAM RAHAL WINS IRL FIRST RACE
6 - COOPER STADIUM CLOSES
5 - BLUE JACKETS - BETTER, NOT GOOD/ARENA LEAGUE CLOSES FOR 2009
4 - DUSTIN CARTER, NO ARMS, NO LEGS - NO PROBLEM
3 - OSU WINS NIT CHAMPIONSHIP
2 - CREW WINS MLS CUP
1 - BUCKEYE FOOTBALL


First off, could someone explain to me how Buckeye Football as a whole encapsulates a moment? Usually, it's one game or one moment in a game, but an entire season? Really? Wow, that's deep.

Secondly, the Crew have it straight up bad when they win the first major professional championship in Ohio since forever (unless you're counting the defunct women's basketball league Columbus Qwest, which I don't really count or knew existed along with the rest of Ohio) and the Crew still end up as the second best moment behind a less than stellar entire 2008 Ohio State football season. No knock on OSU but it was craptastic. If Ohio State won the National Championship or beat some great teams along the way I understand that but this year the Buckeyes did none of that or will likely acheive that goal in the Fiesta Bowl against a superior Texas(I could eat crow, but I'm pretty confident in that prediction). While the Crew defied all the odds against them again and again and again while winning the league and the championship trophy. So, I find it a little baffling when anything "Crew" and "2008" has second place attached to it.


Because of lists like this sometimes I wonder, "ohh, Columbus when will you as a whole also learn about this great thing called the Crew in your own backyard and respect it for the awesomeness that it is?" I have learned to deal with the OSU love being an out of towner, but why not a little love or respect for both, or for something else other than just the red and white?

Who knows. Btw, that previous knock on the Qwest is shortsighted as well because sometimes I wonder just how much the rest of Ohio or Columbus for that matter knows about the Crew or respects what the Crew have achieved in 2008. And, I'm guessing not a whole lot (being America) or at all and this list just shows that again. I figure Crew are only as high as number 2 in a feign attempt to placate us soccer freaks. I get it though, it's a bitch trying to relate to normal Columbusite's or whatever your called just exactly what the Nordecke is without them giving you a retarded deer caught in the headlights glance. Trust me I have tried once or twice and given up. And, you mise well be speaking martian when your at a family dinner party and someone asks the question, "how is your soccer thing going?" And, you extoll the virtues of a beautiful ball somehow finding the feat of Eddie Gaven perfectly like it's roped to his feet and him hitting it majestically in the back of the net while the whole crowd goes fucking mental and you hug your mates without a second thought on hugging or a thought on the beer being spilled out of your hand. The usual curtesy reply in response to my stories with the classmates or the family dinner party respectively is, "ohh, I watched Liverpool once on ESPN or gee that sounds nice, tell me more about law school?" Oh, America... How better your life would be if you could spend your Saturday's extolling how much Matt Reis the goalkeeper of the New England Revs has, "a bucket of sweets and a cheeky smile" or if you could chant "We Support Columbus" while pounding on bleachers so hard they actually break in my row one week after a game winning goal but everyone just adjusted to the top of the broken bleacher and somehow balanced themselves like Shawn Johnson and ignored it like the perfect 10 ignores all the fawning boys at a college party.

Yes, Ohio State managed to beat like 7 other less talented and crappy Big Ten teams along with such powerhouses as Troy State and Ohio University leading to somehow receiving a BCS bid. But, they beat no one actually good unless you're delirous and counting Michigan State. However somehow, this is still enough to beat what the Crew has done on and off the field in 2008, by gaining 2,000 hardcore rabid support in the North Corner of their stadium that rivals and in my opinion beats any atmosphere to be seen or ever imagined in America including *gasp* college football and going from the most pitiful soccer team over the last few years in MLS to winning not only their first championship but the double and putting them into International play in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2009.


So, instead of just beating up on laughable MLS sides like Toronto FC or DC United which mise well be Iowa and Wisconsin, they can also beat up on the good sides of MLS as well as the Mexicans, the Costa Ricans, the Hondurans, the Trinidadians. If they win that, who knows who is next in the Club World Cup, maybe a famous English side like Liverpool.

But, if the rest of Columbus can't get how important winning a MLS Cup is. I'm glad there are some who live and breath for it. I'm glad there are 2,000 Nordeckians as mental as I am on Saturday's about the team. I'm glad there are about 15,000 people usually always in support. As the Marines say it's not bad to be "the few, the proud." I'm also glad there is an outlet to leave the deep thinking behind. It's usually better to leave that to geniouses per sans above anyways.

My shot at Best 10 Sports Moments of 2008:
10- Columbus Crew opens up 2008 by defeating TFC 2-0 and sending over 2,000 Toronto fans crying for the exits. The birth of the Nordecke and a winning season is born.
9- Columbus Crew give New England a 4-0 beatdown.
8- In a 2-2 tie in Chicago around 300 Crew fans make the road trip. Away matches in general. Mine this year include DC once, Chicago twice(Chicago and Peoria), TFC twice.
7- Columbus defeats hated DC United knocking them out of the playoffs and having the Supporters Shield celebration. More of their fans crying.
6- Steven Lenhart's late equalizer against Kansas City on the road in the first round of the playoffs and all of his equalizers.
5-The magic of Guillermo Barros Schelotto registering over 20 assists and 6 goals.
4- Robbie Rogers magic goal from 35 yards out against New York
3- Frankie Hejduk partying with fans by drinking and chanting with them inside and outside the stadium after being suspended for one match for a red card the previous match.
2- 2-1 come from behind victory versus Chicago Fire in front of an absolutely mental crowd.
1- Winning MLS Cup 3-1 and hoisting the trophy.

12/27/08: Deep Columbus Thoughts Grow On Trees


Because deep thinking can be done by anyone. (Pic via: NBC4i)

According to the "Deep Thoughts"(chuckle) on NBC 4:
Omar’s Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year
10 - MEMORIAL 2008: KENNY PERRY WINS FOR A 3RD TIME
9 - FFN: EASTMOOR GOES TO STATE TITLE GAME & LOGAN ELM’S TURNAROUND, 0-10 TO 12-0
8 - NEWARK AND CHILICOTHE WIN HOOPS STATE TITLES
7 - GRAHAM RAHAL WINS IRL FIRST RACE
6 - COOPER STADIUM CLOSES
5 - BLUE JACKETS - BETTER, NOT GOOD/ARENA LEAGUE CLOSES FOR 2009
4 - DUSTIN CARTER, NO ARMS, NO LEGS - NO PROBLEM
3 - OSU WINS NIT CHAMPIONSHIP
2 - CREW WINS MLS CUP
1 - BUCKEYE FOOTBALL


First off, could someone explain to me how Buckeye Football as a whole encapsulates a moment? Usually, it's one game or one moment in a game, but an entire season? Really? Wow, that's deep.

Secondly, the Crew have it straight up bad when they win the first major professional championship in Ohio since forever (unless you're counting the defunct women's basketball league Columbus Qwest, which I don't really count or knew existed along with the rest of Ohio) and the Crew still end up as the second best moment behind a less than stellar entire 2008 Ohio State football season. No knock on OSU but it was craptastic. If Ohio State won the National Championship or beat some great teams along the way I understand that but this year the Buckeyes did none of that or will likely acheive that goal in the Fiesta Bowl against a superior Texas(I could eat crow, but I'm pretty confident in that prediction). While the Crew defied all the odds against them again and again and again while winning the league and the championship trophy. So, I find it a little baffling when anything "Crew" and "2008" has second place attached to it.


Because of lists like this sometimes I wonder, "ohh, Columbus when will you as a whole also learn about this great thing called the Crew in your own backyard and respect it for the awesomeness that it is?" I have learned to deal with the OSU love being an out of towner, but why not a little love or respect for both, or for something else other than just the red and white?

Who knows. Btw, that previous knock on the Qwest is shortsighted as well because sometimes I wonder just how much the rest of Ohio or Columbus for that matter knows about the Crew or respects what the Crew have achieved in 2008. And, I'm guessing not a whole lot (being America) or at all and this list just shows that again. I figure Crew are only as high as number 2 in a feign attempt to placate us soccer freaks. I get it though, it's a bitch trying to relate to normal Columbusite's or whatever your called just exactly what the Nordecke is without them giving you a retarded deer caught in the headlights glance. Trust me I have tried once or twice and given up. And, you mise well be speaking martian when your at a family dinner party and someone asks the question, "how is your soccer thing going?" And, you extoll the virtues of a beautiful ball somehow finding the feat of Eddie Gaven perfectly like it's roped to his feet and him hitting it majestically in the back of the net while the whole crowd goes fucking mental and you hug your mates without a second thought on hugging or a thought on the beer being spilled out of your hand. The usual curtesy reply in response to my stories with the classmates or the family dinner party respectively is, "ohh, I watched Liverpool once on ESPN or gee that sounds nice, tell me more about law school?" Oh, America... How better your life would be if you could spend your Saturday's extolling how much Matt Reis the goalkeeper of the New England Revs has, "a bucket of sweets and a cheeky smile" or if you could chant "We Support Columbus" while pounding on bleachers so hard they actually break in my row one week after a game winning goal but everyone just adjusted to the top of the broken bleacher and somehow balanced themselves like Shawn Johnson and ignored it like the perfect 10 ignores all the fawning boys at a college party.

Yes, Ohio State managed to beat like 7 other less talented and crappy Big Ten teams along with such powerhouses as Troy State and Ohio University leading to somehow receiving a BCS bid. But, they beat no one actually good unless you're delirous and counting Michigan State. However somehow, this is still enough to beat what the Crew has done on and off the field in 2008, by gaining 2,000 hardcore rabid support in the North Corner of their stadium that rivals and in my opinion beats any atmosphere to be seen or ever imagined in America including *gasp* college football and going from the most pitiful soccer team over the last few years in MLS to winning not only their first championship but the double and putting them into International play in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2009.


So, instead of just beating up on laughable MLS sides like Toronto FC or DC United which mise well be Iowa and Wisconsin, they can also beat up on the good sides of MLS as well as the Mexicans, the Costa Ricans, the Hondurans, the Trinidadians. If they win that, who knows who is next in the Club World Cup, maybe a famous English side like Liverpool.

But, if the rest of Columbus can't get how important winning a MLS Cup is. I'm glad there are some who live and breath for it. I'm glad there are 2,000 Nordeckians as mental as I am on Saturday's about the team. I'm glad there are about 15,000 people usually always in support. As the Marines say it's not bad to be "the few, the proud." I'm also glad there is an outlet to leave the deep thinking behind. It's usually better to leave that to geniouses per sans above anyways.

My shot at Best 10 Sports Moments of 2008:
10- Columbus Crew opens up 2008 by defeating TFC 2-0 and sending over 2,000 Toronto fans crying for the exits. The birth of the Nordecke and a winning season is born.
9- Columbus Crew give New England a 4-0 beatdown.
8- In a 2-2 tie in Chicago around 300 Crew fans make the road trip. Away matches in general. Mine this year include DC once, Chicago twice(Chicago and Peoria), TFC twice.
7- Columbus defeats hated DC United knocking them out of the playoffs and having the Supporters Shield celebration. More of their fans crying.
6- Steven Lenhart's late equalizer against Kansas City on the road in the first round of the playoffs and all of his equalizers.
5-The magic of Guillermo Barros Schelotto registering over 20 assists and 6 goals.
4- Robbie Rogers magic goal from 35 yards out against New York
3- Frankie Hejduk partying with fans by drinking and chanting with them inside and outside the stadium after being suspended for one match for a red card the previous match.
2- 2-1 come from behind victory versus Chicago Fire in front of an absolutely mental crowd.
1- Winning MLS Cup 3-1 and hoisting the trophy.

Friday, December 26, 2008

12/26/08: Columbus Crew Year In Review Video


(Image via: Ball Hype)

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12/26/08: Columbus Crew Year In Review Video


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12/26/08: Columbus Crew Year In Review Video


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12/26/08: Marshall Snubs Germany, Signs Multiyear Deal With Crew


(Pic via: Getty Images)

A big victory for the Crew as Marshall's solid defense and sick headers will be back for at least two more years.

Merz's report.

Quotable:
"We have made a significant commitment to ensure that Chad remains a member of the Crew and we are very pleased to have gotten that priority accomplished," said Crew technical director Brian Bliss. "It goes without saying that he played a vital role in our championship season and re-signing him allows us to retain our core group of key contributors."

USA Today picks it up as well.

12/26/08: Marshall Snubs Germany, Signs Multiyear Deal With Crew


(Pic via: Getty Images)

A big victory for the Crew as Marshall's solid defense and sick headers will be back for at least two more years.

Merz's report.

Quotable:
"We have made a significant commitment to ensure that Chad remains a member of the Crew and we are very pleased to have gotten that priority accomplished," said Crew technical director Brian Bliss. "It goes without saying that he played a vital role in our championship season and re-signing him allows us to retain our core group of key contributors."

USA Today picks it up as well.

12/26/08: Marshall Snubs Germany, Signs Multiyear Deal With Crew


(Pic via: Getty Images)

A big victory for the Crew as Marshall's solid defense and sick headers will be back for at least two more years.

Merz's report.

Quotable:
"We have made a significant commitment to ensure that Chad remains a member of the Crew and we are very pleased to have gotten that priority accomplished," said Crew technical director Brian Bliss. "It goes without saying that he played a vital role in our championship season and re-signing him allows us to retain our core group of key contributors."

USA Today picks it up as well.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

12/25/08: Making Warzycha Hire Allows Crew to Save Face

Nice Bob Hunter article here on Warzycha.

Quotables:
Warzycha has always been here, or at least it seems like it. He joined the Crew during its first season, and he has been a player or coach since.

Twelve and a half years is a long time for anyone to be in one place these days, but especially in professional athletics.

"We've lived in this one place the longest ever," Warzycha said. "We lived in Poland, we lived in England, we lived in Hungary we always lived in a place two or three years. But now, we've lived all these years in the same place. We've found good friends and we feel very good about the community. The kids went to school here. This is our home."

12/25/08: Making Warzycha Hire Allows Crew to Save Face

Nice Bob Hunter article here on Warzycha.

Quotables:
Warzycha has always been here, or at least it seems like it. He joined the Crew during its first season, and he has been a player or coach since.

Twelve and a half years is a long time for anyone to be in one place these days, but especially in professional athletics.

"We've lived in this one place the longest ever," Warzycha said. "We lived in Poland, we lived in England, we lived in Hungary we always lived in a place two or three years. But now, we've lived all these years in the same place. We've found good friends and we feel very good about the community. The kids went to school here. This is our home."

12/25/08: Making Warzycha Hire Allows Crew to Save Face

Nice Bob Hunter article here on Warzycha.

Quotables:
Warzycha has always been here, or at least it seems like it. He joined the Crew during its first season, and he has been a player or coach since.

Twelve and a half years is a long time for anyone to be in one place these days, but especially in professional athletics.

"We've lived in this one place the longest ever," Warzycha said. "We lived in Poland, we lived in England, we lived in Hungary we always lived in a place two or three years. But now, we've lived all these years in the same place. We've found good friends and we feel very good about the community. The kids went to school here. This is our home."

12/25/08: Columbus as Permanent Home for USA vs. Mexico?

I usually like what Goal.com has to offer but read this. Of course the Mexican guy hopes they move it away from Columbus and non-surprisingly so does Canales because Crew Stadium isn't pretty enough for her tastes. (Roll eyes).

Why wouldn't the Crew want their own Azteca for Mexican games? At least they don't play every game at one stadium like Mexico.

12/25/08: Columbus as Permanent Home for USA vs. Mexico?

I usually like what Goal.com has to offer but read this. Of course the Mexican guy hopes they move it away from Columbus and non-surprisingly so does Canales because Crew Stadium isn't pretty enough for her tastes. (Roll eyes).

Why wouldn't the Crew want their own Azteca for Mexican games? At least they don't play every game at one stadium like Mexico.

12/25/08: Columbus as Permanent Home for USA vs. Mexico?

I usually like what Goal.com has to offer but read this. Of course the Mexican guy hopes they move it away from Columbus and non-surprisingly so does Canales because Crew Stadium isn't pretty enough for her tastes. (Roll eyes).

Why wouldn't the Crew want their own Azteca for Mexican games? At least they don't play every game at one stadium like Mexico.

12/25/08: Crew Determined To Put Their Mark On CONCACAF, Poised to Make Another MLS Run



Merz on what the Crew has to do next year to make another run.

Quotable:
The organization has salary cap space and a good eye for talent but can it handle the expectations that come with being the champion? Also, unlike this year, its schedule will be busier.

"We've got to do something in the (CONCACAF) Champions League next year," technical director Brian Bliss said. "We will be OK in the regular season but we've got to leave a mark in the Champions League to put a stamp on what this team can really do."

12/25/08: Crew Determined To Put Their Mark On CONCACAF, Poised to Make Another MLS Run



Merz on what the Crew has to do next year to make another run.

Quotable:
The organization has salary cap space and a good eye for talent but can it handle the expectations that come with being the champion? Also, unlike this year, its schedule will be busier.

"We've got to do something in the (CONCACAF) Champions League next year," technical director Brian Bliss said. "We will be OK in the regular season but we've got to leave a mark in the Champions League to put a stamp on what this team can really do."

12/25/08: Crew Determined To Put Their Mark On CONCACAF, Poised to Make Another MLS Run



Merz on what the Crew has to do next year to make another run.

Quotable:
The organization has salary cap space and a good eye for talent but can it handle the expectations that come with being the champion? Also, unlike this year, its schedule will be busier.

"We've got to do something in the (CONCACAF) Champions League next year," technical director Brian Bliss said. "We will be OK in the regular season but we've got to leave a mark in the Champions League to put a stamp on what this team can really do."

12/25/08: Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas To All Our Readers

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all of our readers.


12/25/08: Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas To All Our Readers

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all of our readers.


12/25/08: Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas To All Our Readers

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all of our readers.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

12/24/08: Marshall Is Staying!


Magical header man Chad Marshall will be back in 2009.

Marshall was given an offer by Mainz but chose Columbus.

Marshall seems to like Columbus better than Mainz. Not totally surprising as there is a good morale and repore in the locker room between the players and in Columbus there really isn't a weak player at any position on the field. The players seem to geniunely love playing for Columbus. Also although some may think that MLS is a complete drop off, I don't think Columbus with the team it has now would do that bad in Bundesliga 2 as well.

Most of the other teams in MLS would get spanked but the top 15 or 16 players on Columbus are just unmatched in the rest of the league, that's why they made it look easy the second half of last year and will do so again this year.

Glad Marshall is back. Basically the Crew has 10 out of it's 11 back, only missing Brad Evans, which is fine because I rate Moffat and Ekpo and Noonan just as high, if not higher. And, with the losing of the reserve league along with Evans 50 K the Crew should be able to sign one or two more players whenever they wish in the offseason window.

I also think Marshall is looking for a better deal then Mainz, Marshall is only 23. Another good year or two in MLS and he should be able to get a better deal with a better English, Spanish, Italian, or German team. Not sure struggling in a relegation battling team next year with Mainz will really help him.

Anyways glad Marshall chose Columbus. It's refreshing and a good sign when guys like Marshall and Guillermo are choosing Columbus over German or Argentinian options.

12/24/08: Marshall Is Staying!


Magical header man Chad Marshall will be back in 2009.

Marshall was given an offer by Mainz but chose Columbus.

Marshall seems to like Columbus better than Mainz. Not totally surprising as there is a good morale and repore in the locker room between the players and in Columbus there really isn't a weak player at any position on the field. The players seem to geniunely love playing for Columbus. Also although some may think that MLS is a complete drop off, I don't think Columbus with the team it has now would do that bad in Bundesliga 2 as well.

Most of the other teams in MLS would get spanked but the top 15 or 16 players on Columbus are just unmatched in the rest of the league, that's why they made it look easy the second half of last year and will do so again this year.

Glad Marshall is back. Basically the Crew has 10 out of it's 11 back, only missing Brad Evans, which is fine because I rate Moffat and Ekpo and Noonan just as high, if not higher. And, with the losing of the reserve league along with Evans 50 K the Crew should be able to sign one or two more players whenever they wish in the offseason window.

I also think Marshall is looking for a better deal then Mainz, Marshall is only 23. Another good year or two in MLS and he should be able to get a better deal with a better English, Spanish, Italian, or German team. Not sure struggling in a relegation battling team next year with Mainz will really help him.

Anyways glad Marshall chose Columbus. It's refreshing and a good sign when guys like Marshall and Guillermo are choosing Columbus over German or Argentinian options.

12/24/08: Marshall Is Staying!


Magical header man Chad Marshall will be back in 2009.

Marshall was given an offer by Mainz but chose Columbus.

Marshall seems to like Columbus better than Mainz. Not totally surprising as there is a good morale and repore in the locker room between the players and in Columbus there really isn't a weak player at any position on the field. The players seem to geniunely love playing for Columbus. Also although some may think that MLS is a complete drop off, I don't think Columbus with the team it has now would do that bad in Bundesliga 2 as well.

Most of the other teams in MLS would get spanked but the top 15 or 16 players on Columbus are just unmatched in the rest of the league, that's why they made it look easy the second half of last year and will do so again this year.

Glad Marshall is back. Basically the Crew has 10 out of it's 11 back, only missing Brad Evans, which is fine because I rate Moffat and Ekpo and Noonan just as high, if not higher. And, with the losing of the reserve league along with Evans 50 K the Crew should be able to sign one or two more players whenever they wish in the offseason window.

I also think Marshall is looking for a better deal then Mainz, Marshall is only 23. Another good year or two in MLS and he should be able to get a better deal with a better English, Spanish, Italian, or German team. Not sure struggling in a relegation battling team next year with Mainz will really help him.

Anyways glad Marshall chose Columbus. It's refreshing and a good sign when guys like Marshall and Guillermo are choosing Columbus over German or Argentinian options.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

12/24/08: Scorned Sigi To Take Players With Him?

My name is Sigi and I'm a big cry baby. (Photo: AP)


Good article here from Nordecke Luchador that talks about Sigi's plans to try to nab some Crew players, especially Moreno.

I'm pretty sure that Sigi should just keep his damn hands to himself. Instead of acting like a baby and trying to steal Crew players, nice disrespect there for the organization that revived him and stayed with him after two tough seasons.

Sigi quotes from Fox Football Fone In:
“It just got dragged on. And it’s just like if you’re negotiating a contract, you expect something to happen like within a week or two weeks, and it didn’t happen in that time frame. And by the time an offer came in that we felt was compatible and was close to what we were hoping for, it was at the end of the season and I said, 'That’s it I’m this close to the end, I want to see what’s out there.”

I’m going to miss my staff because I thought we had one of the best staffs in the league and it was great cooperation, but it’s not important whether my feelings were hurt, it’s just important that I’m on to the next adventure.”

Why don't you cry about it?

Does Sigi have regrets that he will not be able to lead the Crew in the coming CONCACAF Champions League campaign?
“Definitely, I mean anyone that knows me knows that I am a very competitive person … but I have to weigh everything, and it didn’t carry enough weight at the end of the day.”

Does Sigi plan to pillage players from the Crew and take them with him to Seattle?
“Unfortunately, the way the rules are you can’t really grab all your old players. But as players become available, just like I brought Alejandro Moreno to Columbus and he was very helpful to me, if people become available and I think there’s somebody who can help the team, I will do it.”

What about the Columbus coaching staff? Will he take some of them with him? The rules are more lax there.
“All my (assistant) coaches (in Columbus) are under contract … It’s not like in Europe a lot of times where the assistant coach goes with the head coach … That’s just not something that happens in the MLS. You’ve got to build all over again.”

I'm confident that the Crew organization waited so long because we had two horrible seasons and Sigi basically needed to take us to the Cup or pretty damn close to it to retain his job. I believe that factor should even be obvious to Sigi and I don't get how he feels so disrespected.

My thoughts are bon voyage Sigi and I don't think he should count his chickens before they hatch on the Crew players. I heard that the players liked Warzycha more anyways and Moreno has said a lot about his preference for Warzycha as the new head coach. Hopefully Columbus means a little more to the players then it did to Sigi.

12/24/08: Scorned Sigi To Take Players With Him?

My name is Sigi and I'm a big cry baby. (Photo: AP)


Good article here from Nordecke Luchador that talks about Sigi's plans to try to nab some Crew players, especially Moreno.

I'm pretty sure that Sigi should just keep his damn hands to himself. Instead of acting like a baby and trying to steal Crew players, nice disrespect there for the organization that revived him and stayed with him after two tough seasons.

Sigi quotes from Fox Football Fone In:
“It just got dragged on. And it’s just like if you’re negotiating a contract, you expect something to happen like within a week or two weeks, and it didn’t happen in that time frame. And by the time an offer came in that we felt was compatible and was close to what we were hoping for, it was at the end of the season and I said, 'That’s it I’m this close to the end, I want to see what’s out there.”

I’m going to miss my staff because I thought we had one of the best staffs in the league and it was great cooperation, but it’s not important whether my feelings were hurt, it’s just important that I’m on to the next adventure.”

Why don't you cry about it?

Does Sigi have regrets that he will not be able to lead the Crew in the coming CONCACAF Champions League campaign?
“Definitely, I mean anyone that knows me knows that I am a very competitive person … but I have to weigh everything, and it didn’t carry enough weight at the end of the day.”

Does Sigi plan to pillage players from the Crew and take them with him to Seattle?
“Unfortunately, the way the rules are you can’t really grab all your old players. But as players become available, just like I brought Alejandro Moreno to Columbus and he was very helpful to me, if people become available and I think there’s somebody who can help the team, I will do it.”

What about the Columbus coaching staff? Will he take some of them with him? The rules are more lax there.
“All my (assistant) coaches (in Columbus) are under contract … It’s not like in Europe a lot of times where the assistant coach goes with the head coach … That’s just not something that happens in the MLS. You’ve got to build all over again.”

I'm confident that the Crew organization waited so long because we had two horrible seasons and Sigi basically needed to take us to the Cup or pretty damn close to it to retain his job. I believe that factor should even be obvious to Sigi and I don't get how he feels so disrespected.

My thoughts are bon voyage Sigi and I don't think he should count his chickens before they hatch on the Crew players. I heard that the players liked Warzycha more anyways and Moreno has said a lot about his preference for Warzycha as the new head coach. Hopefully Columbus means a little more to the players then it did to Sigi.

12/24/08: Scorned Sigi To Take Players With Him?

My name is Sigi and I'm a big cry baby. (Photo: AP)


Good article here from Nordecke Luchador that talks about Sigi's plans to try to nab some Crew players, especially Moreno.

I'm pretty sure that Sigi should just keep his damn hands to himself. Instead of acting like a baby and trying to steal Crew players, nice disrespect there for the organization that revived him and stayed with him after two tough seasons.

Sigi quotes from Fox Football Fone In:
“It just got dragged on. And it’s just like if you’re negotiating a contract, you expect something to happen like within a week or two weeks, and it didn’t happen in that time frame. And by the time an offer came in that we felt was compatible and was close to what we were hoping for, it was at the end of the season and I said, 'That’s it I’m this close to the end, I want to see what’s out there.”

I’m going to miss my staff because I thought we had one of the best staffs in the league and it was great cooperation, but it’s not important whether my feelings were hurt, it’s just important that I’m on to the next adventure.”

Why don't you cry about it?

Does Sigi have regrets that he will not be able to lead the Crew in the coming CONCACAF Champions League campaign?
“Definitely, I mean anyone that knows me knows that I am a very competitive person … but I have to weigh everything, and it didn’t carry enough weight at the end of the day.”

Does Sigi plan to pillage players from the Crew and take them with him to Seattle?
“Unfortunately, the way the rules are you can’t really grab all your old players. But as players become available, just like I brought Alejandro Moreno to Columbus and he was very helpful to me, if people become available and I think there’s somebody who can help the team, I will do it.”

What about the Columbus coaching staff? Will he take some of them with him? The rules are more lax there.
“All my (assistant) coaches (in Columbus) are under contract … It’s not like in Europe a lot of times where the assistant coach goes with the head coach … That’s just not something that happens in the MLS. You’ve got to build all over again.”

I'm confident that the Crew organization waited so long because we had two horrible seasons and Sigi basically needed to take us to the Cup or pretty damn close to it to retain his job. I believe that factor should even be obvious to Sigi and I don't get how he feels so disrespected.

My thoughts are bon voyage Sigi and I don't think he should count his chickens before they hatch on the Crew players. I heard that the players liked Warzycha more anyways and Moreno has said a lot about his preference for Warzycha as the new head coach. Hopefully Columbus means a little more to the players then it did to Sigi.