Lineup Preview for Crew SC vs. New York Red Bull

Without playoffs coming quick would like to see more consistency in lineup.

Does Crew SC Got Talent?

Which Crew SC player would be best at karaoke?

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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fair Tie on Road vs. RSL



Not a bad tie as well for Crew SC.

Not terrible taking a point at altitude; especially when considering we were down 2-1.

Mike Petke was unhappy again.

Columbus was playing its third game in eight days, but that's not what Petke saw. "We looked like the team that had played three games," he said.

Petke paused and added... Forgetting most of his fans are Mormons: 

"You drown your sorrows in your beer tonight and then we're on to Houston."

It was looking for a minute though like Columbus were about to dismantle again in the second half.


Yet, Ola Kamara finally got going again on the score chart as it has been four MLS games since he has. 

Which has much of Norway interested in him getting a call up again.




Still Ola should've had one. Maybe two more.

Same for RSL.

So, considering okay. 

Connor Maloney had a good first start with an assist and a goal saving tackle.

Crewture Highlights:

Murillo to Kasimpasa




Training with Kasimpasa yesterday.

Kasimpasa is paying Benfica $700,000 for loan, along with paying his salary of $400,000. With option to buy in a year.

"I am a fast-paced player, who makes goals and assists. I have explosive property at the same time. I also love to help my friends in the game." 

When asked who is his idol? 

"Idol Eto'o ... I am very happy and excited to play with him. I look forward to that match," Murillo explained.

Samuel Eto'o plays in Turkey as well for Antalyaspor.


Link to full story.

I'm assuming option to buy is more than the $2.2 million the Crew were offering?

Interested exactly why Columbus couldn't loan with option to buy too? Exactly what the difference in figures were? And what was the sticking point.

If Crew go ahead and seal Artur this year and that's it... That's a big it for me and a successful enough year. 

Just saying.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

GSH's for 7/29.. Murillo, Duka, and co.

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

Link to story above
Gaven..
Benfica set to loan Murillo to Turkish club Kasimpasa. If Murillo agrees.

A few days ago Record Portugal mentioned us still and as a result was still holding out some hope.
But Murillo still has to agree to loan apparently? 
Didn't know that was a thing. 

I thought if a club owns your papers and tells you to go you have to go?

I'm sure Saravia would rather have stayed in Columbus. 

I'm sure no one is killing to go on loan with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Did anyone check if he now follows Kasimpasa on Twitter? ๐Ÿ˜… 

Kasimpasa could sure as hell use the follow as they only have 15,000 followers on Twitter... ๐Ÿ˜ 

That is rather meh for any soccer team as Crew SC has 146,000.

If everything is set there Kasimpasa will pay Murillo's salary on loan of $400,000. Link.

Perhaps that is why Columbus were not looking to just agree to a loan?

Didn't want to have to pay Murillo's salary for just a season long loan.

I wish they did. 

In a year, alot of things can change and Benfica may be more apt to sell him completely then.

I'll put this one to bed as Murillo is turning into Lucas Gamba 2.0.

Schelotto..
Dilly Duka may finally be able to fist pump.

As the New Jersey native is finally back in his home state training with the Red Bulls.

Hejduk..
A frog with horns

Friday, July 28, 2017

Crew SC were to play a part in Dom Dwyer deal which was to include Nemeth.

Nemeth to Kansas City via Columbus looks like a done deal. Just waiting for an acceptance on buyout clause with Qatar club.

According to The Kansas City Star the Columbus Crew were likely to be included in the Dom Dwyer headlines on Tuesday.

Columbus holds the number one allocation spot that Sporting KC needs to re-acquire Krisztian Nemeth. 

Keep that in mind when you read the following:

The original trade proposal was actually even bigger.
Sporting KC was set to acquire the rights to forward Krisztian Nemeth in the same trade Tuesday before a snag squashed it, sources told The Star. That deal would have necessitated the inclusion of a third team.
Nemeth, who spent 2015 in Kansas City, is engaged in ongoing discussions with his current club, Qatar’s Al-Gharafa, about his buyout clause, the source said.
Until that situation is settled, Nemeth cannot return to MLS.
Regardless, I doubt OCSC would have much of a point in this deal between Columbus and Sporting KC.

I'm sure the deal is still on the table as is and is just waiting for the buyout clause to be figured out.

I expect some headlines next Monday or Tuesday.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sometimes just isn't your day.

On yesterday's game..



I don't think the defense was particularly bad.

I don't think the offense was either. 

Crew SC seemed to create even more opportunities while down to ten men. 

In addition, not interested in joining any Mensah target practice. 

Think Mensah played rather well again before his red.

On his red, even if Sapong went down a bit easy was more than likely a penalty.

Yet, it kept the Crew in the game for another thirty minutes before they were dismantled near the end. 

The missed penalty kept us at 1-0.
Which even down to ten men is better than 2-0. 

On the two slaps to Ilsonho where he rolled around like a baby... 

What grown man gets slapped by another man and then rolls around on the ground for 10 minutes?

Twice?

Abubukar didn't like jam his finger into Ilsonho's eye and try to pop out an eyeball? 

I don't think.



Nowhere else in this world is the reaction from getting slapped by another man a gunshot wound except in soccer.

Both were fouls. 

The red card was because the referee probably replayed the foul at half and knew he was wrong so overreacted.

MLS referees kicking ass again. 

Another thing I saw.

People say "this is why we miss Higuain!?" on our lack of goals with him injured. 

I miss him but think it has more to do with the formation.


The reason the offense isn't as good with three in the back is because we have no attacking midfielder controlling things in the middle. 

I would like to see Meram at AM, Manneh at LM, Martinez at RM and see if were still scoring 2 goals in 3 games. 

I think where three in the back may have been better for the defense. Could've also have helped that Minnesota and Philadelphia are crap opponents. 

Philadelphia's roster looks like the cast of The Longest Yard with Ilsonho, Onyewu still playing, Daberg, Mfhjdisin Dutch guy.

Also, three in the back doesn't help the offense because it's really 7 in the back. 

It's at times 5 in the back and at times 2 defenders in midfield..

Add to that 2 defensive midfielders. ๐Ÿ˜… There's about nothing offensive about it. 

My only annoyance is that whenever the Crew have a real chance to turn a corner. Being 11 points ahead of Philadelphia is better than 5. They don't. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

If Nemeth has strong interest in MLS return, Columbus has strong interest in him.



Columbus Crew are one of the four MLS teams with an interest in Krisztian Nemeth.  Link.

Columbus sit top of the allocation order so for the other teams "that's nice."

Krisztian Nemeth was transferred out of Major League Soccer for more than $500,000 ($3 million to be exact) so was included on the allocation list that we currently sit number one on. Link.

Nemeth was transferred to Al-Gharafa in Qatar.

He went not because it's a better league but likely because they have money (see Martins as well).

Despite a goal every two games, 13 in 26. Apparently that may have got old.

Sporting KC, his former club, are one of four teams that currently have an interest. There more complicated path to him. Link.



Just depends if Crew SC are willing to spend whatever Nemeth will cost?

If you can make your second striker option an already proven goal every 2 games striker in MLS; I'll take it and call it a nice Summer window.

Crewture 90 in 10: Game 21 vs. Philadelphia Union



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Rate Player, Team, Coaching Performance for 7/22


Incorporating a rating into my 90 in 10 videos I've been messing with. Will have one up tomorrow.

The Rating is between 5 and 10.

Not trying to ruin anyone's week with a 1.

5 is less than ok performance, 6 is average, 7 is good, 8 or 9 is great, 10 is Man of the Match like performances. 

Just base it on the game performance, not a run of games.




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Friday, July 21, 2017

What Roster Are You Going With Tomorrow?

Now that both Cristian Martinez and Lalas Abubukar can be with the team at same time, at all times, with the gaining of another international spot.

read under HEJDUK..

And Martinez received Man of the Match honors in his friendly appearance.

Perhaps with Higuain out. Maybe now is the time to give Martinez a start?

Got four possible rosters below. 

Would you go with something similar to Monday's friendly?



Or one of these?

My winner.



Vote below. If you go with other share it @CrewtureFanzine.



GSH's for 7/21.. Ghana's Manager Appiah visits

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



Gaven..
Appiah visits his most capped MLS players

Harrison Afful has 67 appearances for Ghana and Jonathan Mensah has 58.

The visit ended a trip to check in all around MLS where Ghana players are located. To gain more information after two international friendlies stateside against Mexico and the USA.

The trek perhaps had another benefit to gain more information on former Ghana U20 player Lalas Abubbukar. Link.



Schelotto..
Berhalter on Meram snub



Hejduk..
Other reason for gaining International Spot

Will allow players like Cristian Martinez and Lalas Abubukar to not always have to be on loan and that may be the extent of it.
Crew SC acquired an international roster slot from D.C. United for $50,000 in general allocation money on Monday, leading many to speculate a signing is imminent for Crew SC.
Asked about the timing of the acquisition Tuesday, Berhalter gave a two-part answer.
“There’s no secret that we’ve talked about if the right player’s there we want to strengthen the group. That’s the first part,” Berhalter said. “The second part of it is now all our players on our roster can be eligible on gameday, and that’s important.” Link.
As at all times either Lalas or Martinez had to be on loan as well.

Poland clubs after MLS players too


Recently former Columbus Crew player Alvaro Rey signed with Arka Gdynia. Link

Now former Columbus Crew employee, now Wisla Krakow Sporting Director Manuel Junco is after Oriol Rosell, who played for Sporting KC. Link.

After the success of Nemanja Nikolic, the interest will likely go both ways this transfer window.

Before coming to the Chicago Fire and scoring 16 goals in 19 games. Nikolic scored 40 in 56 for Legia Warsaw.

Gordon Wild Practices With Columbus

That's a name for a jersey.

I think it's great for college players to get some MLS practice experience.

Yet sort of don't understand the benefit on our end? Anyone got a good take on that.

If it doesn't hurt anything why not? Wouldn't hurt practice as the kid has some skills. 



Steffen and Crognale knew him from University of Maryland.


University of Virginia's Edward Opoku trained with us last week as well.

Not like it helps your draft chances with either but I'm sure a nice introduction that each player will remember.

Opoku below on his visit with our Ghana contingent. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

GSH's 7/20.. All Quiet on The Columbus Front

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




Only thing I found were near acquisitions from four years ago.

Gaven..
All Quiet on the Columbus Front

We got a new international spot for $50,000 from DC United. I figured there would be two or three rumors sprouting up by now.

I even hit up Google News Estonia, Google News Hong Kong, Google News Slovenia, and Google News Japan (as the usual ones had nothing) and tried every Columbus Crew search imaginable on Twitter. 

Even looked up Jhon Murillo, Lucas Gamba, and Muhamed Keita on both.

Even tired to add Rico Moreira, Head of Recruitment on Instagram. As he liked my video on IG of Artur from Monday's friendly. 



Tried to follow as he might oddly post photos of new Crew acquisitions on his private IG first, yeah right... ๐Ÿ˜… 

But no dice. Understand why it may not be smart to accept a follow from Crewture as the Head of Recruitment. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Was worth a shot. 

Here's an article I posted about Moreira during the Brazil trip if you want to know more on him. Link.



Moreira is Brazilian as well. Made that deal happen.

If one good thing was going to come out of this time of the year it would be an attempt to make that Artur loan permanent. 

But overall, this has been the most quiet it's been all year oddly.

Schelotto..
Google Netherlands only had a few interesting things

I figured well perhaps we put down all of our cash on Wesley Sneijder. ๐Ÿ˜…

Never really check the Netherlands but who knows, found stranger stuff.

Oddly were a couple interesting stories there..

Apparently the Dayton Dutch Lions, Cincinnati Dutch Lions owners (who I know and worked for in 2010) are also co-owners in FC Cincinnati.

The team is majority owned by Carl Lindner but apparently the Dutch Lions are telling people in Netherlands they play a role in this attempt to recruit Dutch players in a tryout.

 Dutch Lions FC is also co-owner of the Cincinnati ambitious FC, which plays in the first division and coached by former international and American soccer legend John Harkes. In the first year FC Cincinnati drew an average of 18,000 spectators at home games. 

The above link also mentions Bas Ent and his trial with Toronto FC to try to entice players to trial. I made the following video for him and then had to make it again without music for teams.


As far as FC Cincinnati, I always felt their logo was a bit Dutch Lion like. Same colors, appears to be a Lion.

Image result

Dayton apparently will play a role in Cincinnati's bid according to this link as well.

Another interesting story from the Netherlands. Apparently we were close to signing a Vincent Weijl, who once was a Liverpool product, in 2013. Link.

"I signed with SC Cambuur. Initially I played quite often, but later I went to the bank. Then I spent a year without a club. I actually went to the US and also have three-month internship at Columbus Crew. I was there sign a contract, at a pretty low salary an adventure in America seemed rather nice it would look good on my resume:... play in the MLS, but there were problems with my visa, so I finally had to leave the country."




Hejduk..
Last excuse gone

Berhalter apologists all year have said "well.. Were still a playoff team so." 

Even though other teams behind in the standings always had about two games in hand on us.

Finally those other teams have been able to push ahead despite our winning and losing two or three since we started 4-2-1. 



Now apparently we have to win some games to be in the playoffs now.

Lets see if now with that last "well were still in a good spot" gone. If it amplifies the pressure a bit more.

Because no matter the pressure Crew fans think they've put on the situation... Berhalter's job has never been up for debate all year. 

Berhalter is Precourt's man. 

Could change if we don't start getting some wins now that were out of the playoffs again if they don't come quick and often.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GSH's for 7/19.. Ghana Manager Appiah to visit Columbus Crew, All Star Choices

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


Ghana's manager headed to Columbus to visit Ghanaian contingent (below with Ghanaian UVA striker Opoku included), Berhalter, and co.



Gaven..
An international side that embraces MLS

Ghana's manager Kwesi Appiah stayed on after two friendlies against the USA and Mexico to visit clubs and players in MLS. He's already visited a Ghanaian quartet in DC United. Link

And will wrap that up by visiting another quartet here in Columbus. Link.

For Crew players like Mohammed Abu, joining Columbus was perhaps the best thing to happen internationally.

Before doing so Abu had 5 years since an international appearance. 

In one week he had two, as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Mexico and a starter in a 2-1 defeat to the US. 

For the Columbus quartet, the re-introduction of Appiah is likely very good.

As I have a hard time visualizing former Chelsea manager Avram Grant likely going on a field trip to DC United and Columbus.

Schelotto..
Horseshit

That is what Major League Soccer's snub of Justin Meram, Federico Higuain, and Ola Kamara from the All Star roster is.



Even Commissioner Garber couldn't be bothered to rectify things. 

Instead giving his pick to Dom Dwyer who nearly has more US goals this season, than MLS ones.

2 US ones, 5 MLS ones as a STRIKER. 

Federico Higuain and Justin Meram both have 9 and 8 from MIDFIELD. Along with 5 and 6 assists respectively.

MLS needs to make it some sort of statistically-related, algorithmic choice in the future. 

Get over this "well if Kaka is there! and Dom Dwyer and his fancy accent! and Schweinsteiger! And Michael Bradley (who has an assist all year). People will watch!" They won't.

Perhaps they will if the best MLS players are there and it's a really damn good game.

That might actually get fans of soccer worldwide to watch. I would consider myself one of those and I'll be missing this one.

It's shit.

Even if they were going for bigger names they still can't get it right statistically as Romain Alessandrini's 8 goals and 7 assists would make a ton more sense than Dom Dwyer.

I really wish in general Major League Soccer could get more soccer about it's soccer.. Less concerned about stupid stuff no true fan of soccer really cares about. 

Hejduk..
Getting Stuvered

Conscious self-note, if anyone has this happen to them this weekend.
Make a clip of.


I believe 33 likes is my most on Twitter. 

Perhaps I should just change my Twitter to MLS Nut Shots. ๐Ÿ˜…

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Columbus Crew SC vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Thoughts



Entire friendly from yesterday is below in German if you live outside of the region like me and wanted to watch. 



I thought Cristian Martinez gave a real A effort. Got a yellow card, almost got injured, got an assist. Was more than a friendly for him.


Wanted to make some sort of an impression and did I think. 


Why not put him at RM for a game? Isn't going to hurt. 


Watched all of his CONCACAF U-20 tournament appearances earlier this year in March, think he's got a good future.


The only other notable thing really was watching Artur juke and duke 5 Eintracht defenders all around the field making them look not very Bundesliga.




And Brad Stuver's giving literally his all (even his nuts) for one save in the 83rd minute. 

Thought Stuver had a solid outing, not bad to get a clean sheet appearance against a Bundesliga side.

They had at least five or six good chances to get a goal.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Freundlich/Friendly Information. Live Stream. GSH's for 7/17..

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


Out of the four Crew players with German experience, Obinwa was actually with the most well known club in Hannover 96.

Hannover 96 just got promoted back to the Bundesliga after this season from Bundesliga 2.

Raitala played two games for Hoffenheim, who currently finished 4th in the Bundesliga.

Yet when Raitala played there during the 2009-2010 season, Hoffenheim were mid-table and finished 11th. 


Gaven..
Freundlich
Forward Ola Kamara (1860 Munich), left back Jukka Raitala (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, SC Paderborn 07), goalkeeper Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg) and midfielder Abuchi Obinwa (Hannover 96 II) have spent time at various levels of German soccer.
The only Crew player to have any near starter playing experience in Germany was Raitala in Bundesliga 2 in 2010-2011. The defender had 29 appearances for Paderborn who finished 11th that season in Bundesliga 2. 
“It being in the past so long (ago), you maybe think only positive about it,” Raitala said of preseason training in Germany. “But I never thought it was like crazy tough. Comparing it to the preseason we had (with Crew SC in Brazil), I think it’s the same.”
This rates to what Ola Kamara told Norwegian papers a few weeks ago. 
In 2013, Ola Kamara had 10 appearances for 1860 TSV Munich who finished 6th in Bundesliga 2 that season.
"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."
Eintracht might try to change those thoughts after getting whipped by San Jose at the end of last week.
In addition, Zack Steffen had 14 appearances for SC Freiburg II during the 2015-2016 season. Abuchi Obinwa had zero for Hannover 96 II while with them for the same season, but could make his first Crew appearance against German competition today. 
German press on Eintracht going into today's game. Link here.

Schelotto..
Live Stream

I do not know if there is another live stream option available. But, Eintracht TV is offering a live stream if you do not have Spectrum Sports or are in another state like me.



Don't think there is an online option for Spectrum.

You have to make an account and buy a package for Eintracht TV which was $17.19 for 6 months. I don't think it renews automatically but will cancel after game likely just in case. 

Made payment and everything went fine through my bank account. 

Meaningless friendly but if you got nothing else to do like me (Monday's are oddly my day off) option at least.

Or you can just wait a day. I'll post game (if interesting) or extended highlights here.



San Jose had their whole game against Eintracht live online and perhaps the Crew are doing the same and just didn't notify anyone? 

Knowing Crew SC that may be too many YouTube views for them as they don't usually eclipse 200. Could've missed the notice, but didn't see it anywhere.

Hejduk...
Bobic

These lovely greetings from both sides make Crew SC and Eintracht seem like two long distance lovers skyping.






In small world news, I've actually have strangely met Fredi Bobic before.

The Dayton Dutch Lions played former World Cup stars on a team called Global United to premier their club.

I was the Dutch Lions Media Manager for that 2010 premier season.

So went out twice with Fredi Bobic (former German World Cup player), Sunday Oliseh (Nigerian World Cup player), another staffer, the Dutch owners, and some Dayton Dutch Lion players to try our best to entertain them in Dayton.

Went to Adobe Gilas at the Greene and then this event in Cincinnati at a nightclub. 



US World Cup player Tony Sanneh (not pictured) oddly joined in on the fun by then. Weird.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

GSH's for 7/15..

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


Crew advertising in Cleveland at Gold Cup doubleheader


Gaven..
Smart

I think if Columbus wants to get new fans there going to have to look to Cleveland and Western Pennsylvania.

Trust me no one in Western Pennsylvania cares about the Philadelphia Union. Philadelphia feels like two states away. 

How do I know? I'm from Western Pennsylvania, about a hour South of Erie.

I've been going to Crew games from here since 2005.

Pittsburgh is a perfect partner. Build your brand there. Make it a Columbus Crew Jr organization in a way.

Schelotto..
Look at my dab

Says Brian McBride. Had to be an interesting convo as the kid described what a dab is to him.


Was retweeted by Harrison Afful.



Who had this picture earlier in the year.



Has to be the same kid right? 

His thing appears to be to go around and get Crew SC royalty to dab with him. 

Nice.

Hejduk..
Did he reply? ๐Ÿ˜…