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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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

9/30/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are posts on twitter that are either interesting, fascinating, amusing, and transfer or Crew team related. Mainly of the soccer world. But, once in a while comedic or political. (Fun video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk).





#5
When you wish you were really good at football too.

#4
Would help my interest.

But, good article. I know it's been talked about and talked about, but any cool, odd solutions for a new league format?

#3
There are too many United's now in MLS. Just saying.

DC should think it over. They could use a mechanic on their video streams.
Or at least a producer with a phone alarm that has a notice to activate scoreboard.

#2


Good lord, lol.

#1
Almost more exciting than making the playoffs. Lol, terrible.

Kidding aside.. I really do appreciate, as I think do most Crew fans, what Federico HiguaΓ­n has done over his time with Columbus.

Especially the first few years when he was excellent. But, I just want much more pace, a bit more in the tank. Further, the attacking midfielder position is supposed to be one of the more sexier positions on the field and could be just a bit more sexier for Crew SC.

How about we use all that Kei money on Bastian Schweinsteiger, lol.

We could really drive home the fantasy to him that Columbus is the most German city in America. They don't know, lol. I mean our city has an area called "German Village," supporters section is called "Nordecke," logo is very Bayern Munich looking.

Using that money on someone younger, less well known in position would be fine too. Like a South American AM with known talent but still making a name for himself.

Crewture Random Spurious Clip of the Day:

Thursday, September 29, 2016

9/29/16: Thoughts vs. DC United

"Oh shit. Iceberg."

I said in the last week and a half, Columbus will be in the playoffs if they win a mini-league from matches 23-30 and then matches 31-34 between the last five teams vying for a playoff spot.

To do that they would've had to win last night. They did well overall and made it interesting.


But, if you're not aware, they fell a bit short.

I went right to bed after. Was holding out hopes that we could still somehow catch a complete nose diving Montreal.

But, the issue is Montreal played last night as well and lucked out with it being against San Jose. So, they were victorious too.

The result? Playoffs are now substantially improbable.

With four games left, we need to win all four and hope that either Philadelphia, Montreal, or DC decide to gain no points the rest of the way.

And other below the red line teams that are still ahead of us (Revolution, OCFC) are too busy with attendance analysis.

Basically, were f'ed. But glad it was interesting for a few weeks. Not being sarcastic, was a nice change Crew SC.

*Should've known it wasn't going to be a night of dreams when I turned on the stream.

The college intern (likely) producing the game for DC United forgot the scoreboard for the first 7 minutes. That's the only way to not have a scoreboard in 2016.

Trust me I know. It's just a personal, work thing. Produced 10 college tournaments, Division I college soccer for NSCAA. It's like forgetting to press a button.

Then I was annoyed at the end as do they have to name every DC United fan watching around the world? What a s**t gimmick, no one cares.

A tactical soccer analysis of the game being played instead, every once in a while, would've been okay.

*And could someone explain the thought of changing the lineup? Yes I know 24 under 24 legend and All-Star Wil Trapp was back.

But, we've won two in a row with Sauro and Parkhurst with Naess in front.

I don't think it was happenstance that we started to win 4 of 7 with the introduction of Naess and return of Sauro. I wasn't even aware that Trapp was in for most of the game.

*We looked good first half I thought.

Oodles of possession.

But, unlike against New England we couldn't get the ball to Ola. Didn't see him either most of the game.

Possession is great in the middle third. But, if you don't see it in the final third at all. That could be a bit problematic and was last night.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

9/27/16: Crowd Support Tifo For Crew vs. Fire Home Final

Not a Nordecke thing. A whole crowd thing.

Let's get over MLS Cup 2015 and a shoddy beginning to 2016. Support our players, show them some love with an entire crowd demonstration.

It's simple. Wear yellow in a yellow section, black in a black.

Let's show MLS Attendance Analyst Kei Kamara what's up, lol. Never heard of a Major League Soccer player posting attendance smack talk.

Lol, looks like 80% percent to me here. Heaven forbid some season ticket holders not showing up for Kei's return or a Crew game considering our season.

Maybe he could focus more on another Kamara's game film, learn how to score again than being a Major League Soccer attendance analyst.

Even if he perhaps has more of a future in that for FS1.

No matter. If you're going to the Columbus home finale on Saturday pay attention.

If your ticket is in a black section wear black, yellow wear yellow. Let's go hard. Get our pride back. Team is starting to step back up, let's do it too.

Our team has won two in a row. If they win three tomorrow, Saturday's home game could put us in the final playoff spot.

It's time for us fans to step up. Do our part.

A look at the playoff hunt is here.


So, lets make this happen. Go for it.

Kei laughing at us and our organization makes me laugh hard because dude plays here now right?


That intense Revolution atmosphere.

They've had near the worst attendance for years (better this year congrats), has the worst logo by a country mile, is a team that rents Tom Brady's home once a week, and what's their supporters group name?

He's probably upset because he knows "Kei Kamara is better than Ola" chant is not possible there or well any chant that would be audible.

No matter. Even if you play for Seattle embarrassing to talk about attendance of a former team. A bit baffling, desperate.

I was on his side for most of the season. Wrote it often here. Think a lot of Crew fans were. Just strange reactions.

But, I'll use any motivation. Team needed waken up, fans may need it a bit too from December 6th, 2015.

Monday, September 26, 2016

9/26/16: Hunt For A Green October (Updated)


Yesterday, I took an in depth look pertaining to the playoff hunt.

I came to the conclusion that will make the playoffs if we end up in first between these clubs throughout matches 23 to 30 and then separately matches 31 to 34.


If we win Wednesday at DC United will end up in first from Match 23 on over these clubs. Even over Wednesday's opponents DC United, who has only one loss during that time.

A win on Wednesday would make an intensifying, electric long jam for the last two playoff spots in the East.

A win would mean the standings would look like so:

Win Wednesday and gets hella interesting.

9/26/16: Ola Kamara



Last week, in a preview for yesterday's game, I broke down Ola Kamara's results this year compared to Kei's.

With 13 goals on the year Ola was in 9th in the 2016 goal scoring charts. Kei was in 17th.

I stated that if he keeps the Orlando City form going to finish off the season Ola has a chance at finishing 2 through 8.

Well, as of yesterday he did keep that form. Ola Kamara is now in 5th, Kei is in 18th.


And with 15 on the season, with another game before Bradley-Wright sees the field. Why not spot No.1? No pressure haha, he's already eclipsed expectations ridiculously.

Ola's .81 goals per 90 minutes is the best for all strikers.

The only player with better is midfielder Frank Lampard at a .86.

As far as Kei Kamara, he should open his own PR Firm after he retires. An expert at staying the story when he no longer is one.

Last night puts that story to bed for me. If Ola wins the 2016 goal scoring charts will it finally put it to bed for everyone?

Can he then get credit by Columbus fans and the league as a very damn good striker.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

9/25/16: The Hunt For A Green October


Going into today's circus maximus. I look at the playoff hunt since the point of the season the Crew decided we remembered how to win a game again.

Since that point..



Before that point we forgot for 10 games, so could say that's when the season started up again.

I'm of the thought currently one of New England, DC, Orlando is likely to end up ahead of us. They all have more points, one of the three is going to get it right.

My money is on DC. They only have one loss since week 23, they're hot right now or well warm out of all of these teams.

Of course, we must still beat them on Wednesday and luckily they're due for a loss in MLS you can't be good for too long schematics. But, they're my favorite to get the other playoff spot up for grabs between these 5 teams.

Don't fret though.

I believe in the last week of the season spot six in the Eastern Conference will be between one of these other clubs and a new player in the last spots, Montreal. Or possibly between the two teams you see today, Columbus and New England, as I think Le Impact may be Le Done.

Le Impact have a win, 2 ties, and 5 losses since Week 23. And a coach with no resume in Mauro Biello. I think the reality of that may be catching up to Montreal.

Biello finished his interim season at 7-2-2. But, the new face impact might have finally worn off.

They even recently lost 4-1 to Orlando, the same Orlando that us and DC beat 4-1 in the last two weeks. So thinking it's a tailspin.

Would've been helpful if we won some game on May 7th :thumbsdown:against them, lol. A game that has a bit to do with today.

Looking at this part of the season, DC United may have the best form, but New England has been red hot as of late to a much greater degree.

Winning in their last three. Beating Montreal, and beating tied for 1st in the East NYCFC and 2nd in the West Colorado. So today's a contest.

I think today decides which team will have a chance of overcoming Montreal in the final week, Columbus or Kei's New England.

If Columbus can get it done today and somehow get it done as well on Wednesday. With the same amount of games played as Montreal and still 1 less than NE and DC, they'll go into Game 31 with 35 points, to New England's 36, DC's 37, and Montreal's 38.

A game in hand with two spots up for grabs.

These next two games are make or break. The season quite literally.

If we win the point total in games 23-30 between these teams, and do similar 31-34 we'll be okay.

Friday, September 23, 2016

9/23/16: Two Kamara's & What To Watch For Sunday


Two Kamara's

Ola Kamara has 13 goals in 21 games. Whereas, Kei Kamara has 10 goals in 26 combined appearances for Columbus and New England this season.

Those statistics may sound much closer than they appear.

Ola has 740 less minutes on the field this season. That's over 8 games and a nice substitute appearance less than Kei.

And Ola still has three more goals.

My question is whether Ola harbors any ill thoughts to spending a good chunk of this season behind Kei.

Because with 740 more minutes on the field Ola is legitimately leading the Major League Soccer goal charts for the 2016 season.. A lot of if's go into that alternative universe, but I wouldn't bet against Ola being near 20 if he had 800 more minutes.

I'm sure he wouldn't mind that resume builder. He's near the top at goals per 90 minutes.


Ola is unlikely to catch Bradley-Wright Phillips at a monstrous 20 goals. But, if Ola's double salvo and assist against Orlando City gets him going again, he still has a fighting chance at spots 2 through 8.

If he had a full season only him and Bradley Wright Phillips are at a .75 goals per 90 minutes. Frank Lampard is the only one perhaps better, but debatable if Lampard had a full season in midfield one would think, a ridiculously impressive .86 currently.

Kei Kamara is at a unremarkable .39 this year. His .72 last year, Ola still perhaps tops. Hard to believe when you don't put wins with the goals.

So question...

Go back to around May 11th, Kei Kamara traded, but Gregg Berhalter says "I went to Sylvia Browne and she guaranteed to me that Ola Kamara will have 13 goals in the next 21 games."

Your thinking Playoffs!! Right?

I guarantee it Montel! That it might not happen!

Ok that wins at most random reference.

So What Can Solve This For Berhalter

Have this team win out and make the playoffs, simple.

I figure that's why he has until next year because currently he has the best possibility of making that happen. I mean he's been here before to slightly less extremes.

Berhalter's teams are profoundly bipolar with results season by season. 2015 MLS Cup Columbus started their first 15 games with 4 wins, 5 ties, and 6 losses. And won 7 out of their last 11 games.

Keep the same exact starting players AS THE LAST GAME, MAKE THE SAME SUBSTITUTIONS. 

Columbus hasn't got the formula right much this year so when you do, don't tinker. Berhalter tinkered after the win last time out against New England and it went not well at home against Philadelphia.

Don't let history repeat itself.

That's the Berhalter, Klinsmann types at moments. They think they can always come up with something even more groovy.

We won 4-1 far away from home in front of 30,000 fans. I think you found a winner.

Video: Kamara Showdown


Prediction: Columbus Crew 5 (Ola Kamara 28', Justin Meram 42', Ola Kamara 67', Justin Meram 81', Ethan Finlay 89'), New England 3 (Kei Kamara 7', Keylyn Rowe 48', Kei Kamara 74') I expect a crazy game with a crazy score line but Columbus gets it done for once when they need to at home.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

9/22/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are posts on twitter that are either interesting, fascinating, amusing, and transfer or Crew team related. Mainly of the soccer world. But, once in a while comedic or political. (Fun video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk).

#5
Yeah feel that my man.

#4
The pond pitch looks beautiful today.

#3
Rando Major League Soccer traditions.

#2
Smile bro.

Here's to more hopefully for Cameron Carter-Vickers

#1

Crewture Random Spurious Clip of the Day:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

9/21/16: Kei Returns


Last time in Columbus was below...

It's like watching two parents divorce. Yeah not as terrible but if there was a soccer equivalent.



My luke warm take. Kei's team is about the only one that the Crew have an up on currently.

The last time the two met, Columbus defeated them with relative clean sheet ease 2-0 in New England.

The 2-0 win there and 4-1 win at Orlando City is starting to make one wonder if Columbus this year only resembles a capable soccer club on turf. But, versus Kei on FS1 is nice added motivation to bring in the fans and perhaps keep a winning streak going.

Columbus, one would think, can only say "hell no" to capitulating their last hopes of playoffs against Kei. One is hoping.

And Columbus is due for a winning streak as they've about used up their losses and ties for the next four seasons.

Anyways, what do you think the reaction should be of Crew fans? I think ambivalence, rather unconcerned ambivalence if at all possible. One can pretend.

I don't see Kei or well anyone as a focal point for Crew fan anger this season. Just think, in general, there's mad random confusion about who to be mad at.. Not over the Kei situation directly, but 2016 in general.

If Kei got stick from fans, think him and his teammates get going. If he's just ignored, I think that bothers him more. Think he relatively will be. But, have no idea until Sunday.

I'm glad this all happened last year. I'm glad Kei got another chapter in Columbus. 


I don't think his outburst towards HiguaΓ­n after a 4-1 lead turned into a 4-4 tie was completely incorrect. I don't think Federico was out of control wanting someone else to take it.

I just think Kei Kamara needed to bite his tongue or he's opening the door to leave. He didn't care to go, didn't bother him to leave during that moment...

By doing this he left it in Berhalter's hands and can't completely disagree with Gregg's choice. But, was it all needed, necessary? No and that starts with Kei.

But, I think everyone from 2015, everyone in the starting 11 including Kei, lacked the necessary desire in 2016.

Hoping that changes for all parties involved.. Hell including Kei.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

9/20/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are posts on twitter that are either interesting, fascinating, amusing, and transfer or Crew team related. Mainly of the soccer world. But, once in a while comedic or political. (Fun video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk).







#5


#4

#3

#2

#1
I'll bet on Saeid.

Crewture Random Spurious Clip of the Day:


When you're blowing up something other than bubbles.

Monday, September 19, 2016

9/19/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are posts on twitter that are either interesting, fascinating, amusing, and transfer or Crew team related. Mainly of the soccer world. But, once in a while comedic or political. (Fun video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk).





#5
Were on FS1 ah yeah drink here college kids! Whew hoo lol.

#4

#3
Hmm... Interesting. Question can you be a head coach at Werder and a US National assistant?

#2
Well, looks like he's back to kicking ass at Borussia Dortmund.

#1
So fricken cool from another black and gold team.

Crewture Random Spurious Clip of the Day:
I wonder how that worked out after they took her to the hospital after lol.

Good lord, what a dick.

9/19/16: Crewture Thoughts vs. Orlando City

I think were much improved on a quicker surface for whatever reason. Last two times we looked decent this season, or well better than decent, were on New England's and Orlando City's craptastic turf surfaces.

I rather have our beautiful grass than win games on a terrible surface at home. But, our possession goes faster on turf and is too much for other teams to handle on that surface for some reason.

Or rather it didn't hurt that Orlando City played a higher line as well. Perhaps the two combined.

What have you. 4-1 win on the road could've been easily 7-1, considering Duka and Jahn's baffling misses.

Next Two Games

We play New England on Sunday at the Fre and DC United at RFK in two Wednesday's.


Both are must wins. Every game left is. This team should be capable oddly, should be tired of the current to just do it. 


Defeating two teams we must jump to get to that sixth place spot would be well necessary, if the Crew still want to bother, not trying to just tease us with aberrations.

Were a bit due for a winning streak I think. Just saying.

Ola Is Our Striker

It's funny that you can come to a new team and score 11 goals in like 17 games and Adam Jahn could be pushing you for your spot.

I think Saturday can put that to bed. If you need a quick refresher.. Ola scored twice and started that off with a very unselfish assist to Ethan Finlay, when it would've been debatably as good to take it himself.

His second goal in the closing minutes of the game was such a smart finish (check out clip below).

And Jahn's wide open net steroid miss right before that was terrible (in clip as well). I think Jahn has been good usually when he has come in and has earned a run in this team as a 60th minute guy. But, Berhalter could be a little more patient with strikers, as he is with everyone else.

Ola is quality. Be happy, him and Naess are solid new additions to what has been a dismal season so far. Berhalter can at least take credit for that.


Sunday I Think Is A Solid Scenario

Big 4-1 win on the road. The last club we beat similarly on the road, we now play at home.

Getting one up on Kei Kamara can always be added motivation for this group.

Were on FS1, should be a very good crowd. If you're on national television, which never happens for us, should fill that stadium.

With how easily we beat them the last time at their field, should be oozing with confidence for once.

Should get a win in front of a packed Crew Stadium, a packed Nordecke. With two solid wins in a row by perhaps multiple goals we take that confidence to do the same right away at DC United on Wednesday.

Sounds good to me or at least probable/possible. With what I expected against Orlando City, a multiple goal defeat, lol probably means we'll lose.

But, would play the exact same lineup. When you win like that on the road, you don't change a thing. Let it continue.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

9/18/16: Crewture Highlights versus the OC


Friday, September 16, 2016

9/16/16: Last Night's USWNT Game at Crew's Mapfre Stadia



It was Heather O'Reilly's sendoff testimonial match last night. Great place for her to be to sign off on her career, here at Columbus Crew's Mapfre Stadia.

231 appearances with 47 goals including this one.



Predictable 9-0 win against Thailand.

Fans had fun.



And of course most of the headlines, don't relate to O'Reilly, which is probably fine with her.

Instead.



US Soccer had their statements. If it was up to me, which nothing is lol, would be looked at the same as religion for me.

If you don't follow it or don't show your approval with signs or by being in a building, ok. In the same, if you want to express yourself during the anthem in your own way fine, as long as it's not overly demeaning to others, whatever.

If US Soccer wanted to make an example of how to deal with this, the best one they could've made was by ignoring it.

Duh.

9/16/16: What To Watch For Against Orlando City



Orlando City are the last team in the Eastern Conference that currently makes the playoffs.

Their 34 points is one better than DC United and New England's 33.

The Columbus Crew, who has been in must win mode for weeks or months, must win this week at 26 points. Gaining three points against the last playoff team is definitely a bit crucial now.

But as Crucial For Opponent

Jason Kreis will get things right in Orlando, like he wasn't able to, or got the chance to in New York.

Kreis is not overlooking Columbus and as long as his team is focused should win at home this week, which will give him a chance to get some things right this year.

"We know Columbus is a quality team. The difficult thing that you run into with matches like these is sometimes people may walk into a match like this and say, ‘Oh Columbus is at the bottom of the table,’ and look at the number of points that Columbus has instead of the quality that Columbus has,”

"Columbus is a very good team. It’s a team that we know was in the MLS Cup Final last year."

Great. Sometimes I need reminding.

If Kreis wants to downplay an opponent one week, I would say your safe bet can be Columbus. But, he isn't.

Yet, still lucky for him Columbus is next in his headlights.

Like having Bambi in your headlights currently, as Columbus lost at home to Vancouver last week 3-1. A Vancouver team who scored once in their prior seven Major League Soccer games before that matchup.

So, I have a tough time seeing a drastic differing output this Saturday. But, is MLS.

Play Two Center Backs Please

Not three.

Crew Manager Gregg Berhalter made the decision (or no decision) that he must play Parkhurst at all times, must find a place on the field for new signing Nicolai Naess, and has to start Gaston Sauro who is back from injury.

But, that's three players in two positions.

So, Berhalter has played Naess out of position at defensive midfield the last two weeks, which hasn't been very impressive.

I don't expect it to be.

Naess has been promising at center back and all three are good. But, you have to just pick two, the two that have had the best week. Simple.

Berhalter's failure to be able to make a simple decision on this could perhaps summarize 2016. Naess is good both progressively and defensively at CB, not so much at DM, and that would go for all three.

Which is fine since all three are center backs.

Injuries and such

Antonio Nocerino is unlikely to be in this game for Orlando City with a slight hamstring strain.

Nooooooooooooo! Ne dubito proprio!

For Columbus, Will Trapp is still dealing with a head injury from earlier this September.

Protect Leads

I think Justin Meram is rationally onto something here.

Every time Columbus scores first, it's like why celebrate, you know what's going to happen. Other team is going to get back into it.

Some stylistic changes throughout a game is okay. I rather win, than play pretty for 90 minutes.

On top of that, let's be more appealing in decisions when there's injuries. When a defensive midfielder is injured don't put a center back there. When an attacking midfielder is injured don't put a defensive midfielder or a right back there (Jimenez) earlier in the year.

Instead, play the topic starter at attacking midfield. Or in that second category, since we have six defensive midfielders. Play ONE at DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD.

I would even find it more appealing currently to play Saravia at defensive midfield compared to Naess for Wil Trapp; as despite being a rookie Saravia is pretty much a stalwart already for the Guatemalan national team. Give him a go because season is over.

Yet, only place Saravia has seen the field this Summer is out of position at center back. Some advice on this. Look at the US national team.. It gets easier when you play players in position.

And Meram better watch with opinions, might have an Atlanta address next year. Kidding. Although wouldn't be bad for him.

Columbus at this point probably stifles his play, not the other way around.

Prediction: Orlando City 3 (Rivas 31st, Molino 57th, Kaka 78th) Columbus Crew 0

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

9/14/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are posts on twitter that are either interesting, fascinating, amusing, and transfer or Crew team related. Mainly of the soccer world. But, once in a while comedic or political. (Fun video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk).





#5
Well, everything's disappearing in a 3G Drakkar Noir waff.



#4
Was an elaborate plan by MLS media.

#3

#2
Feel free new teams

#1


Crewture Random Spurious Clip of the Day:

Monday, September 12, 2016

9/12/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's


Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are posts on twitter that are either interesting, fascinating, amusing, and transfer or Crew team related. Mainly of the soccer world. But, once in a while comedic or political. (Fun video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk).



#5
Love this. Should be their day job. No seriously practice is like two hours.

#4
Word.. Especially since I only like talk on here lol.

#3
Your life is sad, when you say TGIM.

#2
During Copa America was kicking a ball around with Bieber, apparently was also kicking around future thoughts 😟


#1
And then Landon Donovan of course. So dope, his return brings some added spice to the end of the season and playoffs. Which looking at Saturday, I'll probably need as a Crew fan. And on that note.

Crewture Random Spurious Clip of the Day:


Warm Up Music for the Day:

What So Not has some very great stuff lately. Burns is solid too. Burns "Near Me" is a good little video.

The two together, wow on this one.

Friday, September 9, 2016

9/9/16: Podcast 002: Vancouver Game, Who's to Blame For 2016, LA Game, USA.

Trying this podcast thing for something new to try, do. I write stories on here, haven't ever been called the best writer. But, I've been told I have a nice voice as a waiter, lol..

Likely just a old cougar or two trying to flirt. But, mise well take my stories and talk about them as well. So here you go.


I'm totally open to ideas, contests, another voice. You need to put in an application for that here lol at crewturefanzine@gmail.com or twitter @CrewtureFanzine

I'm also up for ideas on time of podcast (this one ran a little longer than I wanted). My first one was nine minutes, prefer around that. Also, things I should hit weekly. I'm trying to achieve as unboring as possible, got work left to do.

Music in beginning and end by Columbus Crew fan Metaphortune. The first one is called Black/Gold might be a nice thing to play in your speaker before a game. His website is here http://www.metaphortune.com

If anyone knows a Columbus, OH artist or Crew fan that has their own music willing to throw something different on every podcast. Could be rock, country, or EDM. I do not care. Will come on every Friday.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

9/8/16: What To Watch For Against Vancouver


10th in the East versus 9th in the West.

That should mean there's a chance... A chance of both teams not making the playoffs.

Ahh kidding.. What I meant to say, could be a possible chance for victory.

What To Watch For?

The Adam Jahn Renaissance

Adam Jahn taking over for Ola Kamara at striker? if you read anything into pre-match words, I would say more than likely (link here).

“(Jahn) is pushing Ola, to be honest. He's pushing for a starting position and he wants to get on the field, and with performances like that he’s going to get closer and closer.”

The pulsating and captivating performance was apparently Jahn's last week.

Jahn had a goal in a 2-1 loss in LA after coming into the game late. The game was already 2-0 and he scored the pivotal PK rebound/consolation in the 92nd minute. But, no matter.

Grabbing at positivity straws currently.

I actually thought Jahn, in his limited time at Columbus, looked best in a game when he didn't score. A 2-0 victory against San Jose at home the week prior.

So good in fact... That when we were missing half of our roster and perhaps playing with two strikers, it was Ola Kamara and umm Dilly Duka up top, not Jahn.

Makes sense. Whatever Crew.

Meram, Afful, Tchani are back. Yeahhh, yeah!


Thank sweet Jobu. No Federico HiguaΓ­n playing at defensive midfield.

Between that and playing Hector Jimenez at attacking midfield, I think Berhalter may have just lost it. Don't think Klinsmann could even play a player that far out of position. :-)

Doesn't matter. He's our coach as long as he wants to be, which is not untypically Crew.

Not that I don't think Berhalter is obviously capable. I'm aware dude got us to MLS Cup and I'm relatively sure that he will do a bit better next year.

Just think there should be some repercussion or possible repercussion for being this bad for a season.

The LA Galaxy game was so typical of this year. After a few signs of hope the week before, was typically gutting again. I couldn't even write a post game response.

The Crew played well enough for most of it, went down 2-0 because LA took their chances way better; which you could say for nearly every team that plays the Crew this year.

Instead, I wrote a recap of Crew players playing in International games. Because we had one player starting away in Russia, away in Australia, and away in a vital game in Trinidad and Tobago.

Those kind of experiences will pay off. Which means they'll be the three players to leave us this offseason. Joking, don't believe that... Or should I? :-)

Anyways, this is quite impressive for a Major League Soccer team. Has to be the best MLS starting output list in games that matter in international play this past week. Figures were in last considering.


One thing to look at in that list is Meram's Iraq. They were winning against Saudi Arabia in the 80th minute of the second game he started for the Lions of Mesopotamia that week. Well, Meram was subbed off in the 81st and Iraq lost. Just saying.

Luckily, Not The Only Ones Dealing With Some Crap
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I'm crazy.

At least this isn't our Captain. Check out this story. Hmm.

Will you play next year Pedro?

"Yeah, maybe, you never know. Football always changes. That is the reason I try to play every single game now without pain. It doesn't matter what. For the team, for me, it's very important the final games to play good against big teams at home or away."

Yeah that's confident. How about not bringing it up until I don't know, the offseason.

I can tell you why Vancouver is in 9th, if I can't tell you why the Crew are in 10th exactly.

Perhaps it's because this is your captain.

9/8/16: What Do You Blame This Season On?

Columbus Crew SC's lost 2016 season can be traced back to Kei Kamara. You don't say.

The above is an article I just saw today. Thought we were over blaming that for our problems.. Oh it's an ESPN FC writer, woo, that was close.

Reasons for a crummy season can't be lined down to one thing.. Not Kei, or the jerseys, or even dandelions.. But maybe the fact that no one cared enough on this team in general may be a winner.

Fact is we played like dooky since the first whistle in the season opener in Portland. Not on Kei Kamara or any one guy, it's been an attitude thing in general.

But, every Gregg Berhalter version of the Crew plays like dooky for half of the season and All-Stars the second half. This year they've just done the first. So.

Anyways, next time the Crew do a video like this: How about "why do you think we suck so bad this year?"

Could probably get more than 141 views that way. Lord, look at the Crew's YouTube views per video. One has 25, I didn't even know that was possible.

I like these videos, find them humorous. Are they not posting to enough places? Thought I've seen on their Twitter. Could film myself staring at a camera and get 141 views.



Sorry. Just a video guy, lol just saying if you need some help with views uhh respond to one of my video apps one time.

So, what do you think is the main factor or factors in going from MLS Cup to MLS Dump? Post here or on twitter.. If I get some good ones, may do a poll that 5 people vote in. Guess I have that in common with the Crew's YouTube.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

9/6/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are posts on twitter that are either interesting, fascinating, amusing, and transfer or Crew team related. Mainly of the soccer world. But, once in a while comedic or political. (Fun video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk).





#5

I would start Kljestan and Pulisic. I know it's St. Vincent but they looked really good together (look at GIF above).

Guatemala isn't winning 12-0 today.

#4
You know you play FIFA too much when you care about this.

I hear some players really care. Cool article as it wraps up the top 5 in all of the top leagues. Any disagreements?

#3
I like long walks on the beach with a lot of other men.

#2
A swing and a miss lol.

#1
A YouTube team quite strange, interesting.

Crewture Random Spurious of the Day:

They lost but could enjoy that all day-


St. Vincent goalkeeper wearing a crown? πŸ˜ƒ

Monday, September 5, 2016

9/5/16: Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are posts on twitter that are either interesting, fascinating, amusing, and transfer or Crew team related. Mainly of the soccer world. But, once in a while comedic or political. (Fun video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk).





#5


#4
Columbus Crew, Cincinnati, Seattle? If that's what is going on? Can someone help my eyes.

#3


#2
Was hoping this game was on Watch ESPN, isn't. Not surprised, they play Finland but interesting.

#1
Well that just got weird.

Crewture Random Spurious Clip of the Day:

Go to 1:54, hell of a double penalty kick save in the World Cup qualifier for Arsen Beglaryan vs. Denmark

Sunday, September 4, 2016

9/4/16: Crew SC In International Soccer

Crew fans may want to focus on something other than last night. Luckily there's something else.

Meram against Australia Thursday.

Justin Meram
played the full 90 up top, alone against Australia in Perth as Iraq were downed 2-0. After a late second half assist and then goal by Tomi Juric. 




Meram has 19 caps for the Lions of Mesopotamia; as his squad try to battle their way into Russia 2018 starting this week with two qualifiers. Hopefully they have a bit more possession against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday because that was a tough one, 28% percent vs. Australia.

They still have time and Australia away is perhaps one of the tougher openers.

Wonder though what Iraq's manager Radhi Shenaishil sees in Meram to put him up top alone? Perhaps could have a bit more possession with the ball at his feet in midfield. If it goes well though, maybe something Berhalter considers in future?

Probably not considering the possibly failed attempt at two forwards up top last night.

But, overall Iraq has had their moments and looked decent in Brazil's Olympic group with 3 draws. Their biggest players are Ali Adnan of Udinese and Ahmed Yasin of AIK. Meram perhaps plays for the fifth biggest club on the team and his road to Iraq even makes Australian news, how it began for Meram.

Afful having something to celebrate


Harrison Afful received his 63rd cap in a 1-1 draw yesterday against Rwanda.

With the tie, Ghana wins African Cup of Nations qualifying Group H.

Ghana were leading until Rwanda scored with seven minutes remaining. Ghana still won their group nevertheless with Rwanda in second.

With the Black Stars already securing their ticket to the Africa Cup of Nations, that will be staged in Gabon early next year, the game was more or less an academic exercise.

And apparently the fans reacted as such,
Nigeria was playing Tanzania. So had more to do with a Ghana fan protest of their football association president.

Something more surprising, Afful is now coached at Ghana by Avram Grant.


The next opponent for Afful will be a bit more interesting, as Ghana plays a friendly against Russia in Moscow on Tuesday.



Rodrigo Saravia

Played full 90 minutes for Guatemala in a crucial game, a 2-2 tie in Port Au Spain. Guatemala with the 2-2 tie are somewhat still alive. They need the USA to lose at a home against T&T on Tuesday and they need to win 12-0 against St. Vincent on Tuesday which isn't umm impossible.

If the US needed 12, instead of 6 at St. Vincent Friday they would've got it.

The chance is very miniscule, but perhaps surprising Saravia as a Crew rookie is a stalwart with Guatemala already. Bodes well for his future.



Tchani against Gambia

Tony Tchani was with Cameroon, but from what I've seen did not play in a 2-0 win against Gambia.

Cameroon won their Africa Cup of Nations Group as well..