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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 supporters section which is now 10 years old.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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





Well never saw that occurring. 

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




Argentines know what the deal is. 馃憤

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

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

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

Was a joke by Jorge Barbieri. 

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

Then the rumor was retweeted online by his listeners.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AFC Wimbledon to feature #SaveTheCrew story in future matchday program


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




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

Which is about 56 miles north of Wimbledon.

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

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

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

So understand the feeling that a club transplanted even a hour from a community no longer represents that community.

Two days ago I posted the following..


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also, eventually promotion, relegation will win out. 



So one day..




If the worst has to happen.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Columbus Crew after Uruguayan striker Santiago Garcia?

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

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

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

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


I'm just excited for this hairstyle.

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What could this mean in our one striker system?

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

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

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


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Crew make another offer for Argentine left back Milton Valenzuela

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

The Crew manager has made a second offer.

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


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

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

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

The mention is near the bottom of the article. 

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pressure shifts to Garber and should



Garber has never liked the Columbus Crew.

Or the Columbus Screw. 



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

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

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

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

If you were that's adorable. 

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


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

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

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

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

The start of our league's respective 2019 seasons.


Question: Isn't the NFL already successful enough? 

Not in America... 

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

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

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

Just money, money, money.

What Garber wants is this. 

Soccer stadiums with swimming pools. 

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



Forget passion. 

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

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

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

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








Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mike Grella traded to Crew

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When I looked at the MLS Re-Entry Draft list yesterday. The one name that I liked on there was Mike Grella. Little did I know. 
Welcome or in Nordecke style Wilkommen.

I think a midfielder that adds a lot of depth and quality.

I also hope this means were out of the winger business this offseason and can focus on left back.

That way hopefully there is no more discussion of Zardes for Ola Kamara as possible trade talk; as if you thought it was tough for Kekuta Manneh to find time on the field last year imagine if it was Meram, Santos, Grella, and Zardes.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

#SaveTheCrew ad at all AMC Movie Theaters in Columbus

When you go to watch Pitch Perfect 3. 
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Crewfighter you're the best!

Hey I'm likely in just to stare at Anna Kendrick.

Or Jumanji or Star Wars The Jedi or one of the Christmas themed movies...

You will see this in the Columbus area for the next two weeks.



Quite an idea. 

Assuming it would cost too much for the Columbus Crew to do that themselves? 馃槃 

Regardless, even in normal times I think that would be a hell of a smart advertisement. 


Good work.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dante Washington makes great point on Crew stadium search locally

Washington scored 28 goals in 77 Crew appearances.

 Link to entire ABC 6 interview.

"Anthony Precourt has said were going to move unless we get a stadium but I can't remember a time when he has said I've talked to Mayor Coleman I've talked to Mayor Ginther and I've asked them for a stadium I've gone to all these different people locally saying I want a stadium." -former Crew forward Dante Washington

Seems to not be a problem for Precourt in Austin.

In two months he has eight possible sites. 
My question.. Would it have killed Precourt to do a similar referendum of locations in Columbus? A similar process before making a threat?

The four years prior to that in Columbus how many stadium sites were looked at by Precourt? 

My bet is a solid none.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Respect Your Roots Video



One business metric were not lacking in is passion.

Too bad passion and heart don't count as currency for MLS.

Alejandro Moreno puts himself out there for #SaveTheCrew


Others should to.

Other players especially.

Dante Washington has kicked ass. McBride has done some really nice things. Players like Will Hesmer and Andy Greunebaum have written supportive messages on Twitter.

But others?



His "this is what I'm going to do." 

Is the difference between MLS Cup champion and good efforts.
His wearing of the #SaveTheCrew scarf led me to purchase my own too. 

Not as dramatic.. 馃槄 

Yet, going to wear it at the MLS SuperDraft and Soccer Job Conference surrounding it that I'm going to in January. 

I'm from, live in Western Pennsylvania so mise well. 

I've already been ignored enough on soccer jobs for every other reason... Including I may suck. 馃槑

So if someone doesn't like it. Who gives a damn?

Think this is a bit of the problem with a lot of American soccer players. 

Too conscious and giving a damn. Far too nice.

If your not playing currently. A message of support won't kill you.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Zardes rumor mean Ola headed to Europe?

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There's only one homegrown player that makes more then Wil Trapp and that is Gyasi Zardes.

Wil Trapp is at $350,000 in 2017 guaranteed compensation. 

Zardes currently is at $577,500 guaranteed compensation.

Here's something as well from ESPN earlier this Summer.

Ola Kamara is in the second season of a four-year contract, so his current deal has some time left to run. But one source said that there were multiple offers from foreign teams during the just concluded summer transfer window, and that Kamara will explore moves away from MLS after the conclusion of the current season. Link.

Ola is 28. The considered peak for strikers.

Prior to moving to Columbus Kei Kamara was more of a winger like Zardes is currently.

That likely means if Steven Goff is correct today...
Without Zardes taking a pay cut, a starter is likely on their way out for Columbus if Zardes is coming in.
Santos was just signed, Meram and Higuain are not going anywhere, so.. That leaves me here.
This is true as there has been this rumor.
And this one.
And this.

Now the Crew picked up a contract option on Ola on December 1st, but earlier in the year an extended contact hit an impasse.

So, if Zardes comes in I wouldn't be surprised if Ola was trying to make sure he's with Norway for the next Euro run.

Can't blame him with Norway's lack of belief in the MLS game. Although a Norwegian international may join the LA Galaxy now in Jorgen Skjelvik. Link.

Skjelvik played 45 for Norway recently against Slovakia. Ola Kamara played 20 minutes as well in that same game. 

Skjelvik also played 90 in World Cup qualifiers versus Azerbaijan and Germany earlier this year.

But, may just be more Ola testing himself. If Naess can go to SC Heerenveen, Ola can test himself at similar or better.

In addition the 2019 Columbus Crew may not be the best atmosphere for any player to focus so couldn't blame him or any player that has a variety of options.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Manneh trial ends

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 12/8: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 12/8. 



Gaven..
Manneh trial ends


Haven't heard anything good or bad as no articles yet that have pointed out the impression made.

However, the trial was mentioned on Tuesday and he was in Columbus Thursday. Which seems kind of quick for an overseas trial?

Perhaps Manneh didn't get a fair shake as a head coach change was made at Union Berlin the day before the trial move. Link.

Could be possible that the former coach Jens Keller was interested in Manneh but the new coach Hofschneider wasn't too hot on any former decisions.

The fast trial is probably why Manneh mentioned Austin, Texas's weather or he is headed there today. He's from there. 

Schelotto..
Alvaro Rey stinks it up in Poland



He left the Crew in July 2014 for personal reasons after being traded to the Crew in June 2014. 

He played 2 games.

Well Polish side Arka Gdynia picked him up this Summer. Played him for a half and got rid of him halfway through their season. Link

Karma's a bitch.

Hejduk..
Kei could be on move again



A Major League Soccer source suggests the Vancouver Whitecaps are trying to complete a trade with the New England Revolution to land veteran striker Kei Kamara. Link.

Overall, I'll give Berhalter and the Crew credit on when they parted ways with the star striker.

As appears we got the last best moments out of Kei in MLS in 2015.

Which is acceptable really, Kei has 98 goals in MLS and is 33.


The peak for strikers is Ola's age 28. Not so much 31 to 33.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Headed to the MLS SuperDraft in January

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In Philadelphia again in January 2018.

I'm going to the Soccer Career Conference in Philadelphia surrounding MLS SuperDraft week. One of the things you get is a seat at the MLS SuperDraft.

Guess a one time positive about being in and from Western Pennsylvania. Yet, still a nice trek. 

So why I bought?

Have a Masters degree in Sport Management. I filmed, produced Division I College Soccer at Duke, Maryland (Crognale and Steffen were both playing in the game I produced in 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-6StyLh8lg&t=409s), Louisville, UC Santa Barbara, Tulsa, two US Youth Soccer Championships, Army vs. Navy at PPL Park and etc. Was Media Manager for Dayton Dutch Lions FC in their inaugural season in 2010. Also have had this website forever, came up with the Nordecke name surrounding the start of this website.

So working in soccer has always been or more like was a dream of mine. Sort of gave it up. Actually my mother came across, got the notice on her phone for something I used her phone for before and she saw this conference. I thought at worst could be a nice Crew story, at best I'm no longer a Red Lobster waiter. Btw, try the new Yucatan Shrimp and Tilapia if you go anytime soon worthwhile. 馃槉

So, that's why I'm mentioning. Could be able to grab a Crew story. I'm all for thoughts on how I should tackle that? At worst going to grab my own SuperDraft footage.

I just don't believe in things just coming up per chance so said screw it. Bought access, got a hotel.

I have my own Canon XHA1. Not going to be walking around like a doofus with it all week when I'm supposed to be at a conference. But, have a Samsung S8 that has good quality when I need to be a little less noticeable. But, will be filming the draft since may be our last damn MLS pick.

Just wanted some thoughts on what I should try? If you click the link should be quite a lot of MLS GM's and Presidents there, as well as commentators, personalities like Tommy Smyth. Don't know if the list of speakers has been reported yet? But maybe I could try to get into contact with someone on that list beforehand when it does come out.

Any thoughts welcome.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Artur is returning


Sao Paulo on Tuesday sold Artur, 21, to the Columbus Crew. Link.

The wheel was loaned until the end of this season to the American team, who exercised the purchase preference for 1.5 million dollars (R $ 4.86 million). 

The proposal rejected last week had similar molds, but the tricolors held the deal, completed on Tuesday.

In Germany on Trial with Union Berlin, Kekuta Manneh has another interesting behind the scenes scenario


Kekuta Manneh goes from one front office controversy to another.

A day before Manneh's trial announcement with the Bundesliga 2 club Union Berlin the club moved a new head coach up the ranks.

As Andre Hofschneider was moved up from Union Berlin's U-19 squad to take over the main squad for Jens Keller in the middle of the season.

Well, they must be a dross, useless team right? 

Eh not really... Union Berlin is in 4th place.
Keller has or had the club currently in 4th in Bundesliga 2 and two wins (six points) from first.



Nevertheless he got the ax.

"It's a tough cut we make because we think it's necessary. With our style of play and the results of the last few weeks, we did not live up to the demands that we formulated clearly and clearly underpinned the design of the squad in the summer," said front office bro Lutz Munack.

Out at Union: Coach Jens Keller here in the 1: 2 defeat in Bochum on Sunday



A day later.
Regardless think its a possible great move for Manneh. He has nothing to lose.

Manneh has done enough in Major League Soccer for a 22 year old and oddly Bundesliga 2 is a chance for more playing time as Berhalter has people he just won't sit.

A Bit of a "You Know What" To Homegrown Players and Their Families

Alex Crognale

MLS academies are a work in progress, but Garber maintains that they’re a key development to Major League Soccer. 

“We’re spending $30 million and have probably doubled that in infrastructure investments,” he says. “Now we have 50 homegrown players signed by MLS. Ten years ago it wasn’t on our radar screen.”

That was in 2014. 

Now the number of homegrown players is 84. The amount spent on academies a few years later is $50 million per team. 

Further there is even a Homegrown Team that plays every year during the All-Star break.

All-Star - 2017 - Homegrown Game Opponent Announcement

The list of Major League Soccer homegrown players includes Jordan Morris, Diego Fagundez, Kellyn Acosta, recently USMNT capped Tyler Adams, Gyasi Zardes, and Newcastle United's Deandre Yedlin. 

The definition is usually a bit loose on who qualifies but one that definitely does as a homegrown all the way is Wil Trapp.

Columbus Crew's captain is number 2 in pay out of the 84 current Homegrown players, only behind Gyasi Zardes in yearly payment.

Since 2008 there has been 175 homegrown signings yet only three teams in MLS have seen their homegrown signings combine for more than 20,000 career minutes at their club according to Four Four Two

Those teams are D.C. United, the New England Revolution, and FC Dallas.

Wil Trapp alone has almost 11,000 career minutes at 10,985 for Columbus. 



Perhaps with a productive cohort in Alex Crognale the Columbus Crew can be team number four on that 20,000 minute list.

Worth a good bet as Crew rookie and former academy product Alex Crognale is already a MLS Team of the Week award winner and already over 1,000 MLS minutes at 1,069 with 12 starts.


So what is the reward for two legitimate academy products that went onto college soccer and then came back to their local team after?

What about to their parents that built them into what a Major League Soccer Homegrown Player should be and gave the Crew, Major League Soccer their money and their time?

I'm sure Don Garber didn't have in mind having such players parents having to demonstrate and champion a cause and resolution to save the Major League Soccer team that your child is a Homegrown player for?

But, Wil Trapp's father and Alex Crognale's mother yesterday.


They wouldn't be two to complain but someone should for them.

Despite only having two Homegrown's currently Crew are 7th on the following list.

Perhaps its time to go the route of Sunil Gulati now Garber? You've done great things over the years but it's good to be aware when Major League Soccer needs a change.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 12/4

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 12/4: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 12/4. 




Gaven..
USL, NASL Attendance

USL may have quite a little league if they could get rid of MLS 2 teams.

Gaven..
Crew move would halt tradition with daughter

Not Arace or Erickson but a nice write-up by Ken Gordon from The Columbus Dispatch talks about effect move can have on a lot of fans and their traditions, not just season ticket holders and Nordecke regulars. 

Gaven..
Playoff run

Is this our last playoff run? 

If so thanks to the players for a few more important games, some hope, and a nice respite from a whole lot of suck.

Was fun.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Crew offered $1.4 million to keep Artur, 50% of rights

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 12/3: Columbus Crew most newsworthy or under the radar social media topics of interest for 12/3. 




Gaven..
Crew offered $1.4 million to keep Artur, 50% of rights

A Brazilian article from a few days prior explained what was occurring on the transfer front with all Sao Paulo borrowed, loaned players. Found this last part on Artur interesting.

Finally, the flier Artur with the Columbus Crew, the team that plays for the Eastern Conference Major League Soccer (MLS) final. The American club has an interest in keeping the 21-year-old holder of the team and offered R $ 4.8 million to Sao Paulo for 50% of the athlete's economic rights. The S茫o Paulo Tricolor refused the amount and negotiations are expected to extend through the month of December.

$4.8 million Brazilian Real translates to $1,473,264 dollars for 50% of Artur's economic rights.

Negotiations didn't make it much further into December as Artur was allowed to return outright to Sao Paulo days later.


Schelotto..
a gente se v锚

I think we will see the 21 year old Brazilian defensive midfielder again because the guy can legitimately ball. Not with Columbus  馃槗 unfortunately but I see bigger things for him eventually.

Great job by Artur this season and by Berhalter for making the acquisition. Was a real joy to watch him play.

Other Crew moves:

Thoughts? 

I thought Hollingsworth had some good goals (one great one), interesting highlights from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds this year. Would not be surprised to see him again. Ben Sweat 2.0.

Don't get the point of the Obinwa transfer? I guess Columbus found out what Hannover did.

Saravia is a bit surprising to me. What's the point of putting out on loan just to cut him at the end of the season?

Hejduk..
Zardes?
I may be in a small camp but would be cool with that.