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Friday, June 30, 2017

GSH's For 6/30.. Mensah, Afful recalled to Columbus Crew for Atlanta United game

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.

Recalled by Columbus Crew SC... 

Perhaps the duo would be okay if this was a week that Berhalter didn't want them. 😅 Although Ghana's friendly will be against USA's rather so-so Gold Cup lineup. ↘ Link.

Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
Defenders (8): Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
Midfielders (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Kenny Saief (Gent), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
Forwards (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)

Gaven..
Afful, Mensah will not play the USA on Saturday

Crew SC have blocked the participation of Ghanaian duo Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah in Saturday's international friendly against the United States.

Crew have recalled the duo from the team's camp, meaning they will be unavailable for the clash against the Yanks in Connecticut.

That's nice and all to put us first. But is it really that necessary?

I'm pretty sure that most Crew fans would be okay with a reintroduction of both Naess and Crognale for a week instead of Mensah and Williams. No offense to either but overall that has been better or if you want to be incredibly nice just as well. Right?


Could someone tell Berhalter who magically banishes players for no reason at certain times of the year?


I don't think Mensah is bad and won't become pivotal. But do I think he is first now because he is paid the most? Yes. Has he been the best center back? No. I would give that to Naess and then Crognale.

In addition, Afful's 2017 play hasn't been exactly captivating or dire.


Let them play the USA. Would be fine. 




Oddly enough Abu will be the only one with a chance to play for Ghana on Saturday vs. the USA. Erickson's story on all.


 


Abu could have 2 international appearances in a week. Good for him as signing with the Columbus Crew is the best thing oddly to happen to his international career lately.

Meanwhile Ola Kamara has 25 goals in 43 games and can't even get a Norway call up in a friendly ever. 


Funny how soccer works.


Schelotto..

Kekuta story on local news


Hejduk..

Handshakes

Someone also let Berhalter know that Manneh's first four minutes last week means he should be starting over Finlay at least currently.

I thought Ethan Finlay was a lot better than usual against Montreal. But goals and assists count the most, give him a run near the end.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ola Says MLS Is Best League He Has Played In



Ola Kamara discussed MLS this past weekend with Dagbladet in Norway and had some great things to say about Major League Soccer. 

"The league here is probably the best I've played in, actually. I think it's better than the level in the 2nd Bundesliga. Or perhaps the top of the 2nd Bundesliga is quite similar to MLS."

 "It is a tough level in MLS. Much better than the Norwegian level."

Kamara told Dagbladet he thinks it's cool to meet players with big names, players he probably never would play against if he had been in Norway.

In December, the Norwegian arrived on the list of the ten best purchases in 2016, and his name has also been mentioned in the context of other stars in MLS. 

"There were many who had me on top three-list before the season, along with other big names. It is cool to be on the same list as players who are suitable for 50-60 million."

"I knew I had to show myself. Here's how you've got a certain relationship to just replace, because that's the way it is. I scored a lot of goals last year, and then I got respect for it. People know I'm a goal scorer, so it's gone well here."


"It's fun to play soccer here as they call it. We have 17,000 in average on our games, but I've played matches there have been 50-60,000 spectators, " Kamara told Dagbladet.
Yet there are great contrasts to the college team in the city who play American football. According to Kamara, it has 110,000 spectators on average.

"It's a little different to play football here. But it's fun."

Kamara also had the following story with Dagbladet discussing his national team chances which he thinks are slim to none now.

Former Crew Pogatetz Finishes Career Back In Austria

Back in Austria with Lask Linz

Pogatetz would not want to miss his time abroad he stated this past weekend. The results are positive: "It was a very long time. But I enjoyed every single station. Not every stay has been successful, but on the whole it was a great life experience - especially the time in America."

Link.
The 61-time player of the Austrian national team played abroad for Spartak Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Middlesbrough, Hanover, VfL Wolfsburg, West Ham, Nuremberg, Columbus Crew, and finally Union Berlin.
But in the last few years the desire to end his career in Austria has grown steadily. "You do not think so much about what will happen at the end of your career. But the older I became, the more I played with the idea of ​​playing in Austria again," admits Pogatetz.
"It would be very surprising if another station were to be added. I think the LASK will be the last club in my career."

Trust Goes Both Ways


Crew second time around player Dilly Duka posted the following on Monday. It's a chart of winning percentage in games from training of each player on the Crew SC squad.





Federico Higuain is at 38%, Justin Meram is at 32%, whereas Duka is at 54%.

But then again and well more importantly Higuain has 9 goals and Meram has 8 in midfield this year.

Finlay at 1 goal is at 48%.

The 2010 Crew first round (eighth overall) pick has 138 MLS appearances and received chances, minutes on a second return last year. But has 0 appearances and 0 minutes in the MLS regular season this year.

Other Crew players put in that situation are traded. He is forgotten.

Wonder why Duka could be a bit miffed? Perplexed?

“It’s been dealt with,” Berhalter said. “We’ve talked to Dilly about it. What I’d say is there’s a huge trust built inside the locker room and you don’t want to violate that trust. That’s all I’ll say on that matter.”


Repped by former Crew, current Riverhounds player Rich Balchan

This year he has one substitute appearance in the U.S. Open Cup. 

15 minutes in that game at right back; as unable to barely get a whiff in a game where those not getting starts usually get one and in the incorrect position. 

At this point what does he have to lose?

Tony Tchani got thrown out of the 18 and was able to get traded. Since then he has 777 minutes and 10 starts with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Duka just has been forgotten on the team, whereas other second timers on the team like Josh Williams have start after start this year.


Duka to Massive Report:
“My initial tweet was competitive locker room talk, just like when players tweet their 6 a-side winning team picture. Gregg and I spoke early the next morning and discussed why it was sent out and how it was portrayed. We had a quick talk, everything was kosher. After training as I got home, a teammate sent me a text about his media response to the tweet. I was taken by surprise and not happy. He completely twisted any truth of the meaning of the tweet and said nothing about the conversation we had. Clearly it’s not a good situation.”
And a simple one.
Duka has probably decided and quite rightly his opportunities are none with Crew SC at this point.

Either he makes some noise and gets a start or minutes, or he gets traded. Can't get any worse than his season has gone with the Crew thus far.

Berhalter could make it less worse with his comments on trust and etc.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Both Parties in Manneh-Tchani Trade Have a Good Saturday


Manneh watches Ola Kamara celebrate after his assist (Picture by Sam Fahmi/The Massive Report)

Tchani started with this on Saturday if you wanted to feel worse about how that trade has gone so far at that time..


Tchani has played 777 minutes for the Whitecaps this season and has 10 starts. 

The above was just his first goal but Tchani is a DM.

Then Kekuta Manneh came into the game thirty minutes later and did this.




In comparison Manneh's 21 minutes this Saturday only made 261 minutes in total for him with Columbus this year.

So even if Kekuta Manneh times his time on the field by 3, he only beats Tchani then by six minutes.


Nevertheless the result should improve things for Manneh as his goal and assist were the real difference on Saturday.

In comparison after Tony Tchani scored to put Vancouver up 2-0 over Minnesota United, they ended up tying 2-2.

Crew Champion Guillermo Barros Schelotto Trophy Celebration For Boca as Manager (VIDEO)


The following footage is before and after Boca Juniors 2-1 win yesterday over Union de Santa Fe.




The trophy is the first won by former Columbus Crew champion Gullermo Barros Schelotto as a manager. 

Before this he has won 16 as a player. 

Boca Juniors Spectacular Celebrations After Title Win (Daily Mail).
Boca Juniors Install Giant Clock at La Bombonera Displaying The Last Time They Were Relegated As In Never! (Who Ate All The Pies)

Guillermo's side won the league title by 7 points despite striker Carlos Tevez leaving mid-season unexpectedly for China. 

In previous 7 seasons Boca has only won one other trophy.

I don't expect Guillermo to be going anywhere, even LAFC now.

But wonder if the Crew ever had a chance earlier on to grab him before he went to Lanus? 

If 2017 doesn't shape up well can sign Gustavo as a double. 😅

Crewture 90 in 10: Game 18 vs. Montreal Impact.


All that occurred in this weekend's game in 10 minutes.


Friday, June 23, 2017

GSH's for 6/23.. Why not bring Emilio back? Carlos Tevez? 😏

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.

What's Emilio been up to?


Gaven..
Back in Venezuela

Since leaving the Columbus Crew in 2012 Emilio has played for Defensor Sporting in Uruguay, Carabobo in Venezuela, Caracas in Venezuela, San Marcos in Chile, Nubelense in Chile, Monagas and Metropolitanos back once again in Venezuela. 

This article from today made me take a look.

With San Marcos in Chile two years back.



Since his departure from Columbus in 2012 he has 18 goals in 109 appearances.

With Columbus from 2009 to 2012 he had 16 goals in 69 appearances. So might be something he could get behind too.

I'm just saying if your looking for that 2nd striker to fulfill a role off the bench and provide some leadership (now 32) I could see that from Renteria. Always liked him.

Jahn is on target for 15 goals in 72 so not much of a difference.

Schelotto..
Schelotto and Boca to celebrate at home on Sunday in their last game of the season


Guillermo Barros Schelotto: "El equipo apareció cuando tenía que aparecer"


Boca has already won the Argentine Primera but in their final game on Sunday against previous Crew target Lucas Gamba and Union de Santa Fe they'll get the chance to celebrate at home.

Article link:
After several frustrations between 2014 and 2016, Boca returned to consecrate themselves in the Argentinean tournament, without Carlos Tevez , who left the club in the middle of the tournament after accepting a multimillion-dollar offer from Chinese football. 

Although Tevez is already planning to leave China already😅 and has already stated he could end up back at Boca although he does not yet know "what he will do?" 

I bet some MLS team could see that as a way to sell some shirts and bet Tevez could do some damage here.  

How about Schelotto just brings him to Columbus with him?

That would be a nice boost. 😉

In 2007, with almost 34 years and few chances to continue as a starter in Boca, the 'Mellizo' emigrated to the Columbus Crew, Major League Soccer United States, where he played until the end of 2010, and concluded his career as a footballer in the United States. 

First half of 2011, back in his beloved Gimnasia La Plata, although he could not help avoid the decline. The collective performance of the cast of the Mellizo did not convince in some sections of the championship, but was sustained thanks to the performances of Ricardo Centurión , Fernando Gago, Pablo Perez, Wilmar Barrios, and company.

Goal.com article 

Hejduk..
Nobody hates us and we don't care
I think if FC Cincinnati comes to MLS they will fulfill that role for us quite sufficiently. 

And two 30,000 plus US OPEN CUP matches in a row after they play Chicago on June 28th, this 2nd one will be broadcast even on ESPN 2; which we can't even achieve as an organization should get them in Major League Soccer very quick.


Gladly for us it's unlikely that MLS will look to repeat a San Jose Earthquakes 2. But, I hope the Crew take that Open Cup as a swift we need to do something.

GSH's for 6/22.. FYI Look in Poland, Volkan and Fenerbahce Updates

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.

I could've been a nice Higuain understudy?


Gaven..
Another Nemanja Nikolic?

The San Jose Earthquakes have acquired their own Legia Warsaw attacker. Apparently learning from the Chicago Fire with their acquisition at the start of the season for Nemanja Nikolic.

Only problem is Nikolic had 40 goals in 56 games for Legia Warsaw. San Jose's acquisition had just 1 goal in 12 games. 



But the 24 year old attacking midfielder had over 100 appearances for Vitesse so far! Was on loan at Legia Warsaw.

To Berhalter this summer transfer window, 

If you want to search for talent I would redirect your search from Scandanavia to Poland (ranked 10th in FIFA).

13 goals in 16 games is just ridiculous so far from Nikolic. Polish players are going everywhere, apparently other internationals in that league are not bad either. I would take a look there.

Schelotto..
Goalkeeper be like.
I ain't got time for this. 😅

Gaven..
Volkan says "no." Or does he?

The experienced goalkeeper Volkan gave the answer that he was not interested in the Columbus Crew. Link.

Volkan Demirel'e Amerika'dan talip

But it appears that Fenerbahce are keeping tabs on Schmeichel and David Ospina. Link

And Malaga's goalkeeper even more recently could be acquired now by Fenerbahce. Link.

So, Volkan might be on the way out after 356 appearances for Fenerbahce since 2002. Negotiations are still ongoing for Volkan's contract extension. 

Just me... But I would prefer making our DP acquisitions a bit farther up the field.

Perhaps resolving right midfield for once compared to a DP center back and now goalie when our current GK is fine.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GSH's for 6/21.. Meram 3rd in Audi Index, Pipo now at Bologna, GBS wins Argentine Primera

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.




Gaven..
Meram 3rd in Audi Index

A Luxembourg paper used the Audi Index to rate Luxembourg defender Maxime Chanot's play this year.

In this ranking, Chanot (New York City FC) is currently number four in the league (533 points), ahead of stars such as Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders / 484), the long-standing captain of the US national team. At the top of the index are Chanot's teammate David Villa (614), then Justin Meram (Columbus Crew / 561) and Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle / 538). 


Meram dropped down to 3rd this week after Romain Alessandrini's 1 goal and 1 assist vs. Houston led to a 1046 performance (that could change tonight as LA is playing Colorado currently). 

No other Crew players are in the top 20.

Schelotto..
Pipo stays in Serie A, now at Bologna

Former Columbus Crew player Giancarlo Gonzalez moved from us in 2014 to Serie A side Palermo.

Palermo were relegated this year.

Therefore, Giancarlo Gonzalez upgraded today from 19th place Palermo to 15th place side Bologna to stay in the Serie A.



Hejduk..
GBS wins Argentine Primera

As manager of Boca Juniors. Congrats!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Goalkeepers, Finlay, and Clean sheets. GSH's for 6/19..

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.



Gaven..
We need another goalkeeper?

Why? As saw this rumor on Reddit today and Steffen I think is not the problem and has been very good overall. 

But this article does a bit of research to be entirely untrue stating that the Crew's Director of Soccer Operations Asher Mendelsohn contacted Fenerbahce about Volkan.

Link

The guy has 356 Fenerbahce caps and 63 Turkish appearances so could do worse. But is well 35.

And think Steffen has been sort of great. Nowhere close to the top of my issue list.

Maybe they're signing Volkan to play center back? 😅 Hey who knows we signed Mensah as our DP. 



If were done making sense guess we could sign another DM and another Finlay replacement while were at it. 

Schelotto..
Speaking of



I believe Ethan has the talent still deep down but instead of always hiring replacements but not being able to pull the trigger and go with one. Mabwati last year and Manneh this year. 

How about hiring a good sports psychologist instead!

He missed two and on another one-on-one chance let Higuain have the ball in a worse position to avoid shooting again. 

Hejduk..
Dreaming of clean sheets



Writing is Now on the Wall for me

He's not a terrible coach with no ideas. They just need to be ironed out with a few more experiences. Just time for a new adventure for both.

Personally try not to jump to conclusions like past Crewture me. 😄😅 

We started the year off at 4-2-1 and I truly thought okay 2016 was just other teams improving and us staying about as the same as a team can get. 

Other than Emil Larsen which um yeah...
Image result for Emil Larsen

And Ola Kamara which YEAH! 
Image result for Ola Kamara Justin Meram

Those two offseason acquisitions between 2015 and 2016 describes Berhalter for me completely. 

Either fantastic, terrible, or fantastically confusing.

Either gloriously fantastic (Ola, Naess, Artur, Steffen) or gloriously terrible (Larsen, Kristin Steindorsson, Abu) or gloriously confusing (Mabwati, Pogatetz, Manneh, Mensah as a DP, Duka again).

And just not very consistent. Like some of the year it would be okay to just be okay. 😅

REALLY. Major League Soccer is about the only league where you can be just okay most of the year and win the league trophy. Seattle Sounders for most of last year anyone. Us in 2015.

2015 us were nowhere close to the 2008 us so lets get that straight and let that Berhalter magic go some please.

And it's understandable why we didn't roster update as much as most in MLS last year, could you blame Berhalter as we were a game away from 2008-like glory even if we didn't have the same level of greatness on our team.

And I was still holding out hope when we were still a playoff team this year.



But with another loss against Atlanta United in two weeks probably can FINALLY RID OURSELVES OF THAT EXCUSE TOO not to make a change.

Watching the game after work on Saturday I'm like were down 1-0. 

But turned on my phone for a sec beforehand and saw a lot of like notifications on Twitter before watching the game and was like that seems positive.

And we were killing it with wide open chance after wide open chance so literally thought there is no way we don't win this.

Ethan Finlay has wide open chance one. Miss. Wide open chance two. Miss. A couple other wide open misses by others including a header miss by Mensah.

The CREW HAD AT LEAST 5 ONE ON ONES AGAINST THE KEEPER in the first half AND CONVERTED ZERO.

YOU ARE PAID TO CONVERT A ONE ON ONE CHANCE AGAINST THE GOALIE. If I'm mistaken on that how about at least 50% of the time? 40% of the time? Hell even 30% would've been good enough for a win.

As far as Ethan Finlay either decide he is the man and hire him like a master self-help coach/motivator and stop signing possible replacements. Or go with a possible replacement Manneh, Mabwati before. JUST F'ING PICK ONE. 

Or just mess with Finlay's head and everyone else that may replace him. That's worked well.

Posted on Bigsoccer.com by Hardhead, Crew defender Emmanuel Pogatetz a few years back.

"Now I watch the games and I’m convinced it’s not about personnel. That doesn’t matter. I think it’s the system we play. Sometimes we get exposed, and that’s what happened in the last game. I feel in the last game especially it didn’t matter who played on the field. We could’ve brought in some of the best defenders and I think we would still concede five goals because it’s about spacing, it’s about team defending and so that’s what I learned, that I shouldn’t take it personally and that it’s sometimes difficult with the style we play.

Sometimes you get exposed. Yes I did make mistakes like the other defenders did, but show me one defender in the league that doesn’t. It’s not all about individuals, and that’s something I learned that’s also helped me to progress and go forward."


"2-1 down. We bring on Jahn and Abu and take off Higuain and Artur. That's just surrendering right there. Utterly horrible."
-Placid Casual

The fantastic on Berhalter is just not consistent enough and lately is a flash in the pan.

We started off the year at 4-2-1, since then were 3-8 in all competitions.

The year before we were 8-14-12 (add to that another Open Cup loss and 8-15-12). So over the last two years if you take out the 4-2-1, were 11-23-12. 

We were 15-11-8 in 2015 thanks to the last few months of the season. We were 17-7-6 in 2008 and won the East by 11 points.

That start this year was Berhalter's chance to capitalize and turn things around and it's now not going to happen. 

That recent 3-8 streak even includes probably a rather more important loss than it seems.. 

A loss to who will be our main future soccer fan competitor in Ohio, FC Cincinnati in front of 30,000 people.

I'm sure my face said it at times 2nd half as I traveled all the way from Western PA to see this first matchup and it was great overall. But, I saw the looks by other fans at times late in the game, um why can't we have this?!

We love our team. 

Columbus Til' I Die.

But that 2nd half in Cincinnati could also be paralleled to Berhalter's reign.. Either fantastic or fantastically bad, not much in between.