Sunday, January 29, 2017

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's for 1/29...


Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are the top Crew contemplations of the day. If you're new to the Crew... Video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk .

Wil Trapp shakes off US early return, plays today in preseason friendly vs. Sao Paulo

Afful plays 90 minutes for Ghana in AFCON Quarterfinal today vs. Congo. Ghana wins 2-1

Crew SC's Jonathan Mensah and Afful celebrate afterwards:
Question does Mensah make these inspirational tank tops? 😊 Look him up on Instagram someday.

Congrats to both and good luck against Cameroon in the semifinals.
Crew SC gets welcomed back to soccer, 7-0 pounding against Sao Paulo FC this morning

Here's a description of the game from a few Brazilian sources, Link 1 and Link 2.. Wasn't any mention anywhere of Crew game rosters. Just what SPFC did and who scored for them.

Later in the day, SPFC were kind 😆 enough to post highlights.

Not concerned a week in other than our score is similar to how Boca Raton FC of the National Premier Soccer League did against Sao Paulo in the Florida Cup the week prior.

Boca Raton lost 9-2. And well, at least they scored.
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Personally worked for a team in the PDL before.

And even though there is no distinction in the 4th division and on by US Soccer, NPSL where Boca plays is somewhere below PDL.

So, on one hand scary we couldn't do any better; as I've seen PDL level a far bit too close.

On the other hand, Abu got to camp on Day 2 or Day 3; Cristian Martinez and Abuchi were signed on Day 3; The starting RB and CB are in Africa; and about 10 guys are new. So, if you expected Barcelona a week in. God bless you.

Also, well Sao Paulo play in Brazil Brazil are usually better than the US at soccer 😏. For example, just look at SPFC transfer news this week.

Cueva - São Paulo

SPFC were offered $5 million for Cueva who played today (above) by Orlando City which is in no way shabby by MLS standards and that was rejected.
Juventus offered $5 million today for another.

I think we got half that once for Giancarlo... So, I was hopeful maybe for a 3-1, 4-0 loss.

And well to be fair, we lost 4-0 and 3-0 in the two games.

Or 7-0 in total, as some Brazilians figure two games with separate players should be paired into one score. :whistling:😰


Berhalter didn't look too concerned after. Nor should he be a week in. Preseason is all getting fit to play. I would've been happier with 3-0, 3-1 but it's training.

Here's a link to a Sao Paulo gallery from the game, and the Crew's pictures:

Also, came across this story on Brazil's ESPN as well last night, which is the best info vid I've seen from training camp, actually is really good.

Brazil ESPN knows how to do soccer videos. Imagine that...


  1. Don't worry about the score being close to what Boca Raton had. SPFC was just beginning their preseason against Boca and they were without Cueva (he's our best player), Cicero and Wellington Nem.

    Hope you guys can have a nice MLS season!

  2. Thanks Pedro not terribly worried. But, have to write a story. :-)

    It's the first week of preseason, some guys haven't known each other for a week. Thanks for information. Does make me feel better that those games in Florida should've been 20 to 2 perhaps. :-)

    What's a good price for Cueva? Saw Orlando City were interested. Probably nothing if he is your best player. But, quite an offer from a US team.

    1. I'd say that he's not leaving for less than 13M euros. His release fee is 30M. There was some rumors about Sevilla and PSG being after him, too.

      If he keep playing well for SPFC and Peru's NT, I think he's pretty much bounded to Europe as soon as next transfer window opens.

  3. I don't even know why Orlando City bothered then? Could do some homework.

    Yeah Sevilla, PSG, or Orlando City.. :-) I'm sure he would tell them to reject it even if it was $13 million.

    No matter result I'm sure Columbus will gain more out of this friendly than Sao Paulo. A good ass kicking to start preseason could be good.