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Welcome to Crewture.

Which stands for Crew and Culture, and follows Crew supporter culture. Created around the Nordecke creation and used to follow the rise of the new supporters section which is now 9 years old.

Monday, December 27, 2010

12/27/2010: Crew Sign Miranda, CONFIRMED By Crew and Chilean Press



We first reported here at Crewture that Chilean defender Sebastian Miranda was confirmed and signed by the Crew according to the Chilean press. Our source was, Toto Futbol Chile with the following story, Union ran out Captain:

The defender Sebastian Miranda, even though José Luis Sierra wanted at all costs by 2011, he received an offer from the Columbus Crew of the United States that he could not refuse.

SANTIAGO .- Although José Luis Sierra requested priority, Sebastian Miranda decided to set his bags and travel to the U.S. to sign with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer (MLS).

The 30-year-old ended contract with Spanish Union and leave the club primarily for economic reasons, while not ruling out return to Hispanics.

Radio Speaking to DNA, Miranda said he was "very grateful to the Union, have made a great effort for me to stay. In that sense, I have only words of thanks to Mr. George (Segovia) and especially to the Coto (Sierra), he has been very supportive in this. It has therefore not been an easy decision. "

The defender, who also has steps on Catholic University and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, provides an important challenge in his new team, and will play Champions League CONCACAF 2010-2011.


This confirmation beat out the rumors by MLS-Rumors and
Crew Xtra
who wrote a blurb about the signing after Christmas, when the Crew finally confirmed the signing of Sebastian Miranda.

Friday, December 24, 2010

12/25/2010: Chile Press- Miranda Headed To Columbus, Despite Being Wanted By His Chilean Club. Columbus Offer Too Good To Pass Up



Interesting new article on Miranda from Toto Futbol Chile entitled Union ran out Captain:

The defender Sebastian Miranda, even though José Luis Sierra wanted at all costs by 2011, he received an offer from the Columbus Crew of the United States that he could not refuse.


SANTIAGO .- Although José Luis Sierra requested priority, Sebastian Miranda decided to set his bags and travel to the U.S. to sign with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer (MLS).

The 30-year-old ended contract with Spanish Union and leave the club primarily for economic reasons, while not ruling out return to Hispanics.

Radio Speaking to DNA, Miranda said he was "very grateful to the Union, have made a great effort for me to stay. In that sense, I have only words of thanks to Mr. George (Segovia) and especially to the Coto (Sierra), he has been very supportive in this. It has therefore not been an easy decision. "

The defender, who also has steps on Catholic University and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, provides an important challenge in his new team, and will play Champions League CONCACAF 2010-2011.


It seems fairly certian that Chilean Sebastian Miranda will be the Columbus Crew's new starting right back. If he's as good as our last Chilean defender, Marcos Gonzalez, it will be a great deal.

12/23/2010: Rogers On Vacation With Guillermo In La Plata, Argentina


Robbie Rogers and Guillermo out on the town in Argentina.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto may have left the Crew, but he has made lifelong friendships with players such as Robbie Rogers and Steven Lenhart who have both made multiple trips to Argentina to visit Guillermo in the last two offseasons. Further, if Guillermo ever finds life too hectic back in football crazed Argentina, I'm sure he is always welcomed back in Columbus- well, by the fans and players at least. As "Mi casa, your casa," is surely what any Crew fan or player would say to the legend GBS.

Rogers, in fact, just wrapped up another trip to Argentina today where he visited Schelotto for a week in Argentina.

In this video, Rogers jokes around with Guillermo's brother, Gustavo Barros Schelotto, who also played for Gimnasia and Boca with Guillermo:


Also, there are plenty of talks of Guillermo possibly headed back (YES.. Back) to Gimnasia La Plata of the Primera Division in Argentina. His former teammate Robbie Rogers might of let it slip on his twitter by saying:
"I think Gimnasia have a pretty good chance. I'm predicting a championship."

You can check out more videos and commentary on Rogers trip with Guillermo on the well done RobbieRogers.com. Props there as not many players have such a good website/blog, video, and twitter setup. First time I actually ran across it, will have to check it out more.

And man check out some of the calente Argentinian girls in some of the other videos on Rogers videos from Argentina, I guess from Guillermo's posse? Woo, pays to be close to the legend.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

12/22/2010: Crew Interested In Chilean Right Back Miranda, Having Trouble Signing Cunningham



Apparently the South American defender that Bliss will be offering a contract to (as a pairing along with a South American midfielder) has been identified. According to a Chilean news report that player is 30-year-old, Union Espanola player Sebastian Miranda.

Miranda, who is captain of Union Espanola, stated the following about the Crew's proposal:
The proposal is attractive not only in the standard of living and economy, but also in the football, ” he said

The acquistion makes sense since Sebastian Miranda main position is right back. Miranda played 30 games for Union Espanola last season as Captain of the club.

Miranda could also be a body double for Guillermo with his 5'8 height and 154 pound frame.

Here's a feature on Miranda:


**Also, according to Crewxtra, the Crew are hitting a snag in negotiations with new possible acquistions Jeff Cunningham and Aaron Hohlbein.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

12/16/2010: Two South American Arrivals From Ecuador?



Yesterday, Bliss said he was in talks with two South American impact players and apparently a day later two Ecuadoran players have reached a loan deal with MLS. Seems like a fit right?

From the Blog, Futbol de MLS:
The President of Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito, Rodrigo Paz, confirmed that Marlon Ganchozo and Victor Estupiñán have reached a one-year loan deal with Major League Soccer. However, the MLS team that will be using the players is not known from the most important leader of the club.

No word on which team the players will arrive for, yet there is speculation that the Columbus Crew might be a feasible target. The club slipped in a recent article that the team is in talks with "two major South American players."

Both players are young and of high technical quality. Estupiñán is 22 and plays as a striker, while Ganchozo is only 19 years old and plays as a midfielder. The League intends to sell them on loan to show how important the players of LDU Quito are at the institution, and not simply trying to discard them. The reality is that the team has a staff of 40 professionals, and will surely be trying to lower that number.


However, not sure if I would consider Ganchozo and Estupinan high impact players. Estupinan is a 22 year old striker with only 18 appearances and 2 goals since 2006. While Marlon Ganchoso seems like a nicer prospect, as the 19 year old midfielder made 25 appearances for LDU Quito in 2010 with 1 goal. However, those appearances were in the fleeting minutes of games as Ganchoso only played 356 minutes.

If one turns out to be a Javier Morales though it will be well worth it.

Nevertheless, the positions of these two players "Forward and Midfield" does not match Brian Bliss's description of the two players he was after which is "Midfield and Defender." Would make sense though in the Crew's pursuit of younger, faster players.. Much more sense than the recent acquistion of Jeff Cunningham.

12/16/2010: Jeff Cunningham Back In Columbus



12/16/2010: Jeff Cunningham Back In Columbus

The Columbus Crew haven't wasted much time replacing Crew fan favorites- Schelotto and Hejduk- with another Crew fan favorite, the 34-year-old Jeff Cunningham. Cunningham is one of the Crew's highest scorers in their history, with 62 goals in 182 appearances from 1998-2004. And I'm betting that the Crew faithful won't mind if "Jeffro" came back and added to that goal tally in 2011.

Cunningham's return might be in another role nevetheless according to Crew technical director Brian Bliss; As Bliss said that the club sees "Jeffro" at his age as a "super sub" and/or "spot starter." Therefore, the Crew's offer to Cunningham will be less than what he has previously made.

This is despite the Jamaican having 28 goals in the past two MLS seasons with F.C. Dallas. A sort of striking production (28 goals in 55 games, only 36 of those games starts) that the Crew would have killed for these past two seasons. As in comparison, the best any other Crew striker could muster in the last two seasons was 9 goals total from Steven Lenhart.

Therefore, there really isn't any reason not to think that Cunningham wouldn't be in the mix to be a starting striker in 2011. Especially, if Lenhart, Renteria, and Mendoza cannot score on a regular clip per usual.

So I think Bliss's lingo is slightly posturing for a moderate contract for Cunningham; as the reason why F.C. Dallas parted ways with Cunningham was because his contract was way too high. However, Bliss and the Crew are well within their rights in terms of asking for a moderate contract; as every year Cunningham may lose a step and who knows if Cunningham will bring his Dallas form to Columbus or revert back to his Toronto F.C. form (6 goals in 32 games). There's always a risk that Cunningham won't fit into the new Crew as well as he fit into the old Crew.

However, I don't see that happening. Crew manager Robert Warzycha is making this his team, like it or not, and Cunningham can definitely work with Warzycha. Warzycha, a Crew midfielder from 1998-2002, feed Cunningham on a lot of his early career goals from 1998 to 2002. Therefore, Warzycha knows what type of players can help Cunningham produce and get back to his old Columbus days, and keep his recent F.C. Dallas form.

Overall, I like the move. I for one am looking forward to Cunningham running over to the Nordecke. Welcome back to Columbus, Jeffro!

Cunningham doing his thing-

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12/14/2010: Say What? Brunner Compares Hometown Atmosphere To Portland's



Former Crew player Eric Brunner had this to say at his introduction in Portland:
"Columbus had a good atmosphere, but I think this is going to be even better," said Brunner, who played for the Columbus Crew last season.


The Timbers have a Columbus feel to them. They signed two Crew players, Adam Moffat and Eric Brunner, in the expansion draft. Additionally, the Timbers gave the Crew's first round pick, Bright Dike, a second chance after the Crew cut the player in preseason.

The Crew, who had scoring woes up top in 2010, might of done well to go with their first thoughts on Dike by keeping him on their roster. Dike scored 10 goals in 23 games for the Portland Timbers in 2010 (highlights below).



The best any Crew striker could muster in 2010 was six.

12/14/2010: Ghanaian Coach Leonard Moffatt Set As Crew Goalkeeper Coach?


Deciding to make the Ghanaian Moffatt or possibly even Brad Friedel player/goalkeeping coach, either rumor seems to mean that current Crew goalkeeping coach Vadim Kirillov (right) is on his way out.

12/14/2010: Ghanaian Coach Leonard Moffatt Set As Crew Goalkeeper Coach?

One Moffat Leaves, Another Moffatt Joins.

Ghanaian coach Leonard Moffatt will join the Columbus Crew coaching staff as a promotion from inside the organization according to GhanaWeb and many African sources. Here is the exact words from Ghana Web:

After spearheading Columbus Soccer Academy to place second in this season’s Youth Soccer League in Columbus, Ohio. Coach Moffatt, has earned himself a ticket to join the technical coaching staff of Columbus based MLS side, Columbus Crew after impressing the club officials. After consistent monitoring upon recommendation by a scout, the Ghanaian trainer has impressed officials and he will be joining the technical team as the club’s goalkeeper’s trainer, as officials seek to sharpen the goalkeeping department of the club. However, information gathered by this writer has it that Leonard Moffatt’s appointment has not yet been made permanent as officials require that he is put on probation for some weeks to be monitored.

Should his appointment be made permanent, then he will be the first Ghanaian trainer to work in the MLS.


If this is true it will likely put the Friedel rumor of signing as a goalkeeper and goalkeeper coach to bed. While either rumor seems to likely mean that current goalkeeping coach Vadim Kirillov is on his way out.

Dispatch article on the Russian Kirillov here. It seems that Hesmer and Kirillov had a good repetiore, Hesmer joked with Kirillov about Putin. Sadly, if true Hesmer couldn't rib Kirillov on Putin's singing debut.

Then again the article isn't clear possibly the Crew are adding Moffatt as an assistant to Kirillov.

Monday, December 13, 2010

12/13/2010: Gimnasia Wants Schelotto To Bolster Squad


A family affair, Guillermo (right) started his career with 181 appearances for Gimnasia, his brother Gustavo (left) had 144 caps at the same time. Guillermo is likely headed back to Argentina with Gimnasia unless another MLS team makes an eleventh hour bid. Most Crew fans would prefer Guillermo end up back in Argentina then having his Crew image tarnished in a Fire or T.F.C. jersey for example.

12/13/2010: Gimnasia Wants Schelotto To Bolster Squad

With relegation staring them in the face, Argentina's Premier Division side Gimnasia and their new president Horacio Delmar are intent on getting Schelotto in the January window.

In Del Mar's words:

"I have a friendship with Guillermo that goes back many years. He currently
is contracted to the United States league with Columbus Crew, and on December 16 they will tell him what his situation is. We want him back at the club as a player," Delmar told TyC Sports on Tuesday evening.

"If all goes well, we would like him here immediately. Gimnasia must improve their play."


Schelotto started his professional career with Gimnasia La Plata back in 1991, where he scored 45 goals in 181 appearances for the club until Guillermo moved onto Argentine power Boca Juniors in 1998. Guillermo's brother Gustavo also had 144 caps with the club during the same time and Guillermo's father still works with the Argentinian top flight club.

Will miss Guille here at Columbus. Thanks for all you have done and best of luck in Argentina or elsewhere!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

12/12/2010: Aston Villa Keeper Brad Friedel Considers Columbus Return


Brad Friedel- One of the best keepers in the English Premier League, could be heading back to Columbus where it all started for him.

12/12/2010: Aston Villa Keeper Brad Friedel Considers Columbus Return

If Robert Warzycha's demolition and rebuild of the 2008 MLS Cup Champion- Columbus Crew- needed an automatic feel good jolt Brad Friedel's John Hancock signature on a Crew contract would be a fantastic start. Such a high profile signing would get some fans back on Warzycha's side, making them think the coaching staff has a clue. And according to multiple reports Friedel is considering a player-coach contract offer from the Columbus Crew after new contract talks with Aston Villa have halted.

With fan-favorite Guillermo Barros Schelotto on his way out, the Crew could use a veteran leader in their team come Champions League time and there would be no better leader than talisman Friedel; as the Crew could have used a more vocal leader that spoke like this to the press in 2010:

Freidel on Aston Villa's recent form~

"You have to get up for these games, if you don't you really will get
found out," said Friedel.

"It's down to us as players to get our heads up to be confident and win football matches.

"It's not down to a lot of the talking off the pitch now especially when you're on a bad run of form. It's down to us as players to get our heads up to be confident and win football matches.

"You have to do it on the field, all the talking off the field is all well and good but you have to be able to go on there and put a performance in.

"We've been on a terrible run of results. Some of our form hasn't been as bad as the results suggest, but some games have.

"We've had a tremendous amount of injuries but, saying that, the young lads have performed very good at times. It's difficult when you're young, trying to get consistent runs against a lot of good players in the Premier League."



My one big criticism of Frankie Hejduk and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (and the other vets) in 2010 (and why they might be with us no longer) is where was this in the Columbus Dispatch, or other press? Where was the "what the f**k are we doing?" as the Crew continued to slide from their summit of a possible treble in the Summer to letting one possible accolade after another slip away as the season went on. Did they really care? It didn't seem like they cared as they did in 2008 (when they always found a way with their grit and determination), caring didn't show in their play as much in 2010.

Friedel would be a more vocal leader. He wouldn't of let that lackluster play slide for four or five months. Someone has to give a pep talk, instead of the feeling I got from the Crew in 2010, a lackadasical "we already won a cup, two supporters shields, this is MLS, we can get by with giving 75% percent and the fans won't hold our feet to the fire at the end of the season."

And even though Warzycha wants to be younger and quicker in 2011, the good thing about adding Friedel is that he can't slow down your attack in net. And in actuality Friedel's distribution will kick start many attacks. There is no doubt with Friedel that the Crew would upgrade from about the 5th-7th best keeper in MLS to having the best keeper in MLS.

Additionally, one of the foretold rules of football is to rebuild from the back, minus perhaps Dutch and Brazilian football. And one could say that the Crew defense in 2010 looked shaky. The Crew defense, which will be much younger including new signing Hohlbein, could use someone as vocal as Friedel to settle it down in 2011.

Let's just say the Crew need to infuse some veteran players into this club that care deeply about the Crew (Friedel, possibly Stern John). Not to say the previous veterans did not, they just lost something in 2010. Maybe some nonchalance kicks in after already winning and achieving it all.

But, Warzycha is going to need some knowledgeable, coolheaded veterans to lead this group of focus here, focus there players (such as Mendoza, Rogers, Ekpo, and nearly most of the Crew roster other than Marshall and O'Rourke). As a lot of these players have one game where they play out of their minds and they disappear for the next five to ten games.

Stern John always talks about coming back... And although a week ago Crew Techinical Director Brian Bliss said he hasn't talked to Friedel this offseason, he has said Friedel has asked multiple times if a return was possible the last few years:

"Usually in the transfer window periods he’s called asking, ‘Is there any chance I can get in?’ I think he wants to come home. I don’t know about now, but I can tell you Brad has called, to my knowledge, every July and January or every December the last two years."


If true what the heck are the Crew thinking? The goalkeeper of 6TH PLACE ASTON VILLA OF THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE wants to desperately come home and play for your MLS club. According to this quote, he wants to come back to Columbus over staying in England with Aston Villa. And you say no?

Hesmer is a decent keeper. But, were talking about Brad Friedel here. Who has saved Villa points on many days just from pure heroics. I'm sure if Friedel called Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, Toronto F.C., etc. they would have him on the first plane over.

The Crew have to spend some money to compete in this new MLS. They need a veteran leader, someone who can inspire from the back. If New York can have Henry, Marquez, and Angel. We can give Friedel 1/3rd of one of their salaries and another salary as a goalkeeping coach, and still afford to splash on some younger talents in the field.