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. 

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.

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.


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.


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