Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Oh you're the best US National Team player? Well today you can f*#k off!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

This picture is of Karolina, a beautiful reader of Maxim magazine. Apparently, you should stand at the magazine rack more often flipping through a Maxim. As all these ladies are readers.


Overall, I love what Berhalter has done here in Columbus, 3 wins and 1 loss is a great start to a season where expectations were not huge.

But, I wonder if declaring Gregg Berhalter as North America's special one jinxed the Crew this past weekend against Toronto F.C.

TopDrawer Soccer announced Berhalter's work as revolutionary in an article earlier this week, and perhaps deservedly so.
What Berhalter has done to the Crew over the course of the first three games of the season has been nothing short of revolutionary.  
Most young MLS coaches – especially those in their first year because MLS hires unnaturally young – come upon league gates frowning down upon them, and only men like Peter Vermes and Jason Kreis and Bruce Arena stare back from the other side. Most young coaches opt to scale the craggy earthworks to either side, content to play it safe in lieu of attacking ideas. There are few in the league’s history who’ve had the temerity to take the gates head on. Berhalter appears to be one such man.
Geesh, high praise. Berhalter must be saying "thanks guys, but I still have 31 games left in my first MLS season!"

That wasn't all. MLSsoccer.com writer's were lauding Berhalter's new system all week, stating how it has given players like Wil Trapp the freedom to flourish and spread their wings or what have you, according to MLS,
Columbus currently lead MLS in possession, passing accuracy and passing accuracy in the final third. In fact, the Crew lead by a wide margin in both passing accuracy benchmarks, more than 3 and 4 percent, respectively.
They also lead in fancy charts.



But, then you lose to Toronto F.C. at home, and create little attacking chances, and then fans say this:
The game plan in the first half failed miserably. The team created zero chances and struggled to even put two consecutive passes together. In the second half, the only idea was to cross, which was just dumb. The players were poor, and the tactics were poorer.

The media is always looking for that next legendary coach, and Berhalter hopefully is that for us.

But, just like the U.S. needed to realize there is two halves to a game vs. Mexico.  Some commentators might need to realize there are 34 games to a Major League Soccer season.


In a game that was a perfect advertisement for Major League Soccer, this highlight is really all MLS should play on their commercials.

Nice atmosphere, some smoke bombs in the background, great goal, good dancing.. Perfect.




I wish there was a city with a big stadium between Portland and Seattle. I would love a neutral site game with about 40,000 fans of both teams on each side.

Rarely do you see a 50/50 crowd in soccer, like you see in college sports. Think that would be a lot of fun.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nice Sightline in That Pic, Glad that Wil Trapp's Grandmother allowed MLS to borrow her Sony Camcorder

Would It Kill MLS To Get a Preseason Stream Right?

I would stop bringing it up if it wasn't a problem. But, the people Major League Soccer has hired in video production cannot figure out how to live stream.

The Malmo game I could only watch about 60 minutes, this one 37 minutes. Why? This is supposed to be a professional league right? And, the specs at these facilities should be top notch (high speed internet, decent press box, decent to great conditions).

And, I get perhaps if it was outside, and there were torrential rain storms, and you're trying to protect the league's (or your production companies) equipment. So, you went offline until conditions improved. But, that wasn't the case and I have still streamed in those conditions with limited problems all the way through (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kJKTr_TwnM&feature=share&t=2m24s; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxFNkclfVXo&feature=share&t=1m13s).

Instead, it's sunny out and Disney should have a pretty good upload speed. So, what would throw the stream offline?

Nothing should, other than terrible equipment, or someone running it that doesn't know how to keep the stream up on that equipment. I have produced several soccer games (some turned out well, some could've been a lot better), some in great conditions like PPL Park or UC Santa Barbara, and some in crap conditions with about 8 feet of space for like three monitors, a camera, and four people. But, I never had an issue with keeping a stream up with decent equipment in decent weather.

Maybe it's the facility? Well, I would consider Disney Challenge to have if not great, at least a good facility to stream from. With Disney money and what they try to bring in to play at their facility, they have to be running at top notch speeds. So, I can't figure out a reason why the stream would temporarily be unavailable multiple times except if the equipment is outdated by five years, or the producer has no idea what there doing.

You would almost have to be trying to mess up the stream in today's conditions. I have streamed a full game live from a D3 school with better success from a Verizon Jet Pack. With a hot spot speed of 6 mbps (almost too slow) and MLS can't pull it off with a 75 mbps upload (really fast)?

And, it's so easy to live stream anything to YouTube (you could teach a computer illiterate how to stream in a few hours, someone that's tech savvy in twenty minutes). The only thing that should make it impossible to stream is if it's something on YouTube's end, such as their live streaming capability being down (that's happened once to me due to YouTube making improvements to their system and that sucks because there's nothing you can do). That wasn't what happened here.

But, even if the streaming was working, the production level is so low.

The Disney Classic cameras are what a dad would use to film his son's soccer games (see above pic). At times there is no audio. There is no B Roll, no interviews, no look at the commentators.

Why not take a few HD cameras down there and a few inspired people, for cheap, trust me there are a few of them in the business- I would like to think of myself as one-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfFhpMSCS_s, and there's a ton I've run into across the U.S. in video production that focus on sporting events in general and soccer in particular. And have those people try to get a uniformed preseason broadcast that might bring in some sponsors for MLS?

Or throw down a little cash and give all the preseason games to a mid-level production company. Anything compared to the current "oh well, who cares, it's preseason."

Because whoever produces or is in charge of these live streams obviously doesn't give a shit. I've made dumb mistakes in my broadcasts, but I've always tried to make them better next time. But, for MLS, every year it's the same, "hey Orlando kid walking down the street, do you film for the high school year book? Want to film a Major League Soccer game at Disneyland!"

I wouldn't usually go to a Toronto F.C. fan, but this one hit the nail on the head (Loconet on Red Patch Boys Forum):
It's the year 2014. We are on the cusp of having self driving cars, we have eye wear that act as powerful computers connected to the internet, we watched a robot land on mars in almost real-time (speed of communication with a remote planet limited).

... but yet MLS/teams cannot sort out a simple video feed from Florida.

The destruction of the league will not be spending or over spending in players. It will be their goddamn potatoes for cameras and zucchinis for modems in pre-seasons.
Believe it or not MLS, the preseason is important. It's where a championship season begins, it's where fans can start formulating opinions on the offseason moves that were made. MLS fans, as well as people all over the world want to view it. But, they can't in 2014.

Or well any year.

It's amateur and MLS needs to fix it.

Higuain hits another free kick to set the tone in 3-1 thrashing of big money Toronto.

1. The Movement, Passing Was Strong: From what the Major League Soccer group of streams allowed us to see, the Crew looked the stronger and better club when it came to moving the ball around the field, and well everything.

The buildup at 1:20 for Williams goal was excellent all around. Also, good for Williams, who for a defender always seems to have goals in him:


2. Crank Up The Toronto F.C. Excuse Machine: Duane Rollins tweeted to Toronto F.C. fans that the Reds are a week behind other Major League Soccer clubs, so no need to worry.

Toronto F.C. may start their season a week later than most MLS clubs.

But, this was still the second preseason game for both clubs, so it's not like the Crew are in midseason form.

Also, you may think those high salaries would make up for a week of fitness.

Still, it's early and TFC were debuting Cesar, Gilberto, and Jackson. I would not be surprised if Leiweke's shopping spree eleven are a lot better in a few months time.

3. Not Messing With The Core: A couple of weeks back, I kind of got annoyed that the Crew has refused to spend their money on anyone, including Laba.

If the decision to bring no one substantial in was Berhalter's then it's fine. If he wants to work with his base and see what he has, and then re-evaluate what he needs midseason, fine. So far Berhalter looks like he knows what he is doing and is getting more out of Warzycha's core team.

The people he did bring in were incorporated early. And according to some, this Summer may perhaps be even bigger in incoming transfers, "March To The Match" speculated that Lukas Podolski might be on his way over to MLS.

Although their sources are likely what came to them in a dream.

4. Would It Kill MLS To Get a Preseason Stream Right? I would stop bringing it up if it wasn't a problem. But, the people Major League Soccer has hired in office cannot figure out how to live stream.

The Malmo game I could only watch about 60 minutes, this one 37 minutes.

It's so easy to live stream from YouTube. The only thing that should make it impossible to stream is if it's something on YouTube's end, such as their live streaming capability being down.

But, even if the streaming was working, the production level is so low.

The Disney Classic cameras are what a dad would use to film his son's soccer games. At times there is no audio. There is no B Roll, no interviews, no look at the commentators.

Why not take a few HD cameras down there and a few inspired people, for cheap, trust me there are a few of them in the business- I would like to think of myself as one-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfFhpMSCS_s; and have them try to get a uniformed preseason broadcast that might bring in some sponsors for MLS?

I wouldn't usually go to a Toronto F.C. fan, but this one hit the nail on the head (Loconet on Red Patch Boys Forum):
It's the year 2014. We are on the cusp of having self driving cars, we have eye wear that act as powerful computers connected to the internet, we watched a robot land on mars in almost real-time (speed of communication with a remote planet limited).

... but yet MLS/teams cannot sort out a simple video feed from Florida.

The destruction of the league will not be spending or over spending in players. It will be their goddamn potatoes for cameras and zucchinis for modems in pre-seasons.


Believe it or not MLS, the preseason is important. It's where a championship season begins, it's where fans can start formulating opinions on the offseason moves that were made. MLS fans, as well as people all over the world want to view it. But, they can't in 2014.

5. Being In Good Preseason Form, Doesn't Necessarily Relate To The Regular Season (Shocking): Toronto F.C. won the Disney Classic a few years back and went on to lose their first nine games of that season..

So, good step by Berhalter and crew, but still just a step.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014



2.13.2014: Columbus Bypassing of Laba, Continues Offseason Chain of Boring
By Ryan Kozlowski, Crewture Editor


Jermaine Defoe, Michael Bradley, and Julio Cesar to Toronto F.C., Bofo Bautista and Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA, Benji Joya to Chicago Fire, Eddie Johnson and Conor Doyle to D.C. United, Vincent Noguiera to Philadelphia Union, Gaston Fernandez to Portland Timbers..

Meanwhile in Columbus here's the big news,

Oduro, Wahl make it a point to be more vocal this year.. NO WAY!

FASCINATING.

Tell me more thecrew.com, actually can you just put up a story about Beckham's Miami Vice?

I'm not trying to be rude because I do love this team. But, for the love of Lamar Hunt could the Crew do something interesting?

At least make up a fake transfer story? Or perhaps sign a new striker just for fun?

Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt should look to keep up in MLS, or do something, anything newsworthy to push the club.

He keeps talking about changing the logo, then change it or stop talking about it.

Here's a tip. The logo isn't the big issue, the logo at the very least is different in soccer. Different is good, different is an identity, compared to the new logo which will likely be a European knock off.

And most likely designed by some crap company that doesn't get the club.

At least Columbus Crew is an American name.

The real issue at this moment is that Columbus has failed to do anything remotely interesting this offseason.

Michael Parkhurst isn't bad but everyone is aware that it would've been more interesting a few years ago.

Even Toronto F.C., this past week, tried to pawn off one of their better players from last year in Matias Laba on the Crew. They threw the Columbus Crew a softball pitch and the Crew whiffed.

Gregg Berhalter said Laba "had an average season and was in and out of the lineup." Despite most Toronto and MLS fans being impressed with Laba's play, and Laba being out of the lineup for an injury.

The Crew could've played it off as a "we stole TFC's designated player with the most potential."

Laba could've had a pretty good connection with Higuain in the middle of the park, he could've been mentored by Pipa.

Laba and Trapp could've built together as young players in the two defensive midfield positions and covered a back line that is going to be suspect.

Laba perhaps wasn't what everyone has described as one of the Crew's most pressing needs, but is he an improvement in that position? Yes. Is he better than doing nothing? Yes. Does he give us a chance to win more games? Sure.

But, he's not worth the money.

Or perhaps the Crew doesn't want to spend the money on anything?

I'm used to 7-10 players at least being connected with the Crew through an overseas rumor in the offseason. So, I wonder are they even trying? And why did we get rid of some of our better players to clear all of that cap space if there is no plan to use it?

Laba only had 62 appearances in the Argentina Primera and Argentine youth experience at 22. Who needs that? Apparently we don't.

If Columbus has something in mind instead great.

But, what is the plan?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


The Minute-by Minute Pulsating Preseason Recap of the Crew vs. Malmo
By Ryan Kozlowski
Crewture Editor

Today, the Columbus Crew received their first test to prove themselves in 2014, facing off against Ibrahimovic's former side Malmo FF.

There were a couple Crew winners in game one, such as;
-Rookie Fifi Baiden,
-the front four attackers in the second half, that were playing a bit harder,
-Steve Clark who impressed and has a commanding presence in the box,
-and also Matt Lampson, who showed that the number one goalkeeper position isn't yet predestined for Clark.

There were also some newcomers and veteran faces that could've debuted 2014 a bit more impressively, with a bit more footballing grace.

However, it's game one, and all-in-all there are positives to take from this first preseason kick.

Mainly, A clean sheet. A win.

But, also a thankfulness. A thankfulness that no one on the current Malmo squad can jump on a mistake like Zlatan can.

Without checking out the score, here are my thoughts from the action.

Pre-game Lineup: Gregg Berhalter is mixing veterans with younger players to start off this pre-season game. Not exactly unheard of or different from Warzycha.

A "everyone show me what you have and let's not worry about starters yet" approach. Or maybe a "let's have some balance and not get blown out" approach. Whichever, nothing really revolutionary for the start of MLS preseason, unless perhaps if you write for a MLS club.

6'6 center back Patrick Slogic could add some massive height to the defense, interesting to see him get a go to start the preseason; Especially next to Parkhurst, who just got off of World Cup camp.

Baiden and Sweat are interesting to me, especially Baiden who impressed in the game I saw at UC Santa Barbara. Seen both in person as a Producer of college games this Fall.

Malmo, defending Swedish champions, going with mostly starters (according to announcer) as they prepare for the second half of their season. My first thoughts going into this was uhh-oh.

Who produced this game? Producer of this game should've move the scoreboard a bit further up (perhaps out of the center of the action). Also, if you can have a scoreboard like that, it's a tricaster livetext or similiar program and it's rather easy to add a clock to your scoreboard. So, on both accounts, pretty amateur MLS.


MLS also rocking the not so good SD camera. It's not too much for one used HD Panasonic camera. They couldn't find one in Florida?



A lot of these non-televised online feeds, that goes for Columbus's Open Cup feeds (which often go offline), could be better from MLS.

MLS needs to step up their preseason production by a lot (and it could be done easily and more consistently). A lot of overseas people check these out and I could barely make out what was going on this game (just would look more first class with some consistency). Yes, it was foggy, but with some HD cameras, it wouldn't have been that awful.

Anyway, to the action.



4': Ben Sweat showing some speed and footskills early on, on the left. Still trying to earn a contract per announcer. But, may have more attack to him, perhaps a little less confidence defensively compared to left back Tyson Wahl. But, good move there to start.

6': If Baiden can continue to show his promise, might have an improvement at DM if you wanted to stick him in their as a duo with Trapp.

8': Finley and Anor trying to get some nice combination play going, but fizzles out as quickly as it was thought about.

9': Sweat got burned by Rosenborg on the right side, not a good angle, caught out of place early on.

11': Nice job by Ricardinho of Malmo working a one two on the Crew's right back Barson and right midfielder Jimenez. Crew looking a bit slow in defense, and Jimenez a bit sluggish, first game habits hopefully don't continue defensively for some.

13': When talking about being aggressive offensively, not sure what the point of playing Finley alone up top, on an island, is?

If the Crew scores a goal it's going to obviously be in the second half with more creative forces such as Oduro, Arrieta, and even Meram.

14': Crew defense getting burned again on Malmo dummy play in front of 18. If Malmo cared to score they could have a couple.

15': Baiden is looking like a player who can be useful this year. I like his center of gravity, speed, fast decisions so far.

18': Baiden with a great ball over the top. Doing what a good DM does, not holding too long. In and out, and switching the attack.

21': Bad mistake there from Baiden, bad place to give up the ball and have a foul created. An example of why it's way too early to formulate opinions of rookie greatness.

23': Nice save by Lampson, could we get a replay? no, ok.

25': Sweat and Slogic participating in about 15 seconds of defensive comedy, finally clear it out for a corner.

27': Finley with a smart run down the right side, not sure why he is over there as the one striker, but good ball to Baiden creates free kick opportunity.

30': Crew not looking so bright creatively up top.

31': Nice feet and switch by Federico Higuain to Ben Sweat. Instead of doing what a good left back does and trying to beat a defender and get down the line. Does a Simon Elliot-back pass, receives the ball back from Baiden, and on his second attempt passes it to Malmo's right back. Totally wastes Higuain's chance by failing to get up the line fast when there was still some surprise there.

33': Jimenez with a stupid foul at midfield. Not a very impressive opening so far from him, looks out of sorts.

34': Higuain and Trapp try to get something going in the midfield. First time I've seen some life in the midfield, some pass and move.

35': Lampson was looking good until that throw went right to a Malmo midfielder for an uncontested shot for the Malmo player from 30 out. Malmo kind of sucks up top with finishing, or don't really care to. Not making the most of some sloppy plays in the back from Columbus.

This first half lineup from Berhalter doesn't make a ton of sense, not much cohesion, but guess Gregg didn't want it to get away from them second half by having a top heavy first half lineup.

36': Jimenez with a nice win, and then transferring it into a Crew attack. Hopefully he can build something with that play. As a player after a bad start, it's all about trying to do one thing right, and build it into five good plays, then ten.

36': Crew do nothing with Jimenez's win, way way way too slow in transition. Would like to see some of these guys on the bubble to start or to make the team, to take some chances when there 70 yards from their own goal.

38': Ben Sweat has space down the left and is afraid to attack it as this first half goes on. I guess he doesn't want to make a mistake.

38': Slogic almost gets killed with his pace over the top. Barson with a nice cover. Perhaps they could convert Slogic into a Jan Koller.

39': I like that Baiden is willing to try things, compared to what Sweat has done in this first half.

41': Nice tackle by Wil Trapp, quietly doing some good things, looking obviously more confident than a lot of the rest of this eleven.

42': Nice work by Anor, Jimenez, and Higuain. Finley finally gets a touch and falls down.. Ugh, make a move, make something happen. A big striker like that shouldn't fall down with such ease.

43': Nice clear by Lampson to Barson. Despite one distribution, solid start for his battle with Clark.

First half lineup:
Lampson (6.5)- Solid saves, some nice distributions, but one very bad one. All in all showing he isn't going quietly in the night for that starting spot.
Barson (5.5)- Wasn't noticeable with his mistakes, except being caught out once. But, that was more of Jimenez covering and them both getting beat on a one two, with Barson more inside. Was crucial covering for Slogic on a couple of occasions. Had some other nice decisions to start attacks as the half went on. Not a bad start.
Slogic (3.5)- Slow, almost beat a few times. Not terrible for an undrafted rookie, but Malmo should've been able to take advantage of him a bit more.
Parkhurst (5.5)- Had some nice decisions to start attacks, like a good ground ball that went 30 yards and Higuain muffed early on. Didn't catch my attention much one way or the other. But, gets credit for a first half clean sheet stuck between Slogic and Sweat. Would actually like to see his class at left back, Parkhurst might be more of an attack option out there compared to anyone else we have. He is a smaller guy, has good feet, wouldn't be averse to take MLS guys on out there.
Sweat (3.5)- He's afraid he's going to make a mistake. Would like to see him attack the space he received on the left side multiple times, instead he kept passing it back to Baiden. Make some moves out there offensively and let Baiden and Parkhurst cover you. Finally got down there and got a cross off in the last minute.
Baiden (6.5)- For a rookie a solid first half for Columbus. Has confidence, willing to take people on, thread a needle with a ball. Doesn't hold onto it for too long, in and out, doing what a DM should do.  But, on the other hand, terrible giveaway and foul, that gave Malmo a real chance. Overall though promising for Columbus, they could use a few more new guys like this.
Trapp (6)- Did some things well, made some good defensive tackles, got some attacks going and knew when to join into attack. Nothing remarkable, but a good first run out. Trapp seemed to have a good understanding with Baiden for a first game. They covered decently well for the backline.
Jimenez (4.5)- Just kind of sloppy and out of sorts. Got burned on a one two that Malmo should've took better advantage of. Had a couple unnecessary fouls at midfield. Started slow. Had a nice tackle later on, and then got more involved with Higuain and Anor.
Anor (5)- Did some nice things with Higuain, but all in all didn't get enough touches in the first half. Fed Finley well, but the few things Anor and Higuain created died with Finley, Sweat, or others.
Higuain (5.5)- Had some great flashes, and conducted most of the limited combination play in the Crew midfield. But, sometimes needs to take it more upon himself to change a game, or Berhalter needs to give Higuain more of an ability to change things in game because a lot was not working offensively in that first half.

Could've done more to connect with Finley.

Finley (3.5)- Got one significant touch all first half, after some nice play by Anor and Higuain. On his one touch, one on one with a defender in the box, just fell down and hoped for a penalty with very limited contact. If he's not getting involved, either he needs to collect the ball deeper in midfield and hold it up to connect more with Higuain. Or Higuain needs to move further up into the attack and Baiden/Trapp could push up a bit more. Instead neither him or Higuain did anything to remedy the lack of yellow in the opponents 18, nor did they seem to do much communicating (partly because they were so far away from each other).

I understand that Berhalter was probably using Finley as the one striker to hold things up, while Jimenez, Higuain, and Anor joined the attack. But, if the Crew ever play with one striker there better off with someone who can creatively hold onto the ball like Meram or even Oduro (in a different way). Finley has more of a use in a two striker system, where he can be that striker to create havoc and pounce on chances with his strength in a more congested box. Not a great idea offensively for the first half.

Not entirely Finley's fault, the top four just wasn't the greatest mix and a lot of strikers work better in a two man system.

47': A lot more going on already between Meram, Speas, Oduro, and Arrieta. If anyone is surprised.

49': Producer forgot the scoreboard this half, oh well, tough thing to remember.

50': Nice outlet by Steve Clark to Dominic Oduro, trying to make a good first impression. And Oduro not missing a step from last season it seems, nice turn, run, and cross to Arrieta. Malmo's defense has just a bit more to deal with this half.

52': Nice cross by Meram, nice start by Arrieta, getting a goal in his first minutes after a stop/start 2013.

Formation makes a lot more sense with this second half group up top.

55': Clark with another solid distribution to Meram. Before that not bad hold'em up play by Friedman, but a lackadaisical giveaway by George.

56': Friedman with a nice header back to Clark.

58': Meram doing an excellent job tracking back defensively. As a fourth year guy he deserves more of a chance than he received under Warzycha.

59': Nice job by Ben Speas in midfield, this whole group is looking a lot more confident and on the same page with what they're doing. Not surprising with all being much more familiar with each other.

And, well, that's all I have for the second half as the saved feed on youtube skips from 60th minute mark to stoppage time, but Clark looks impressive and so does the front four of that second half formation.

I would be almost tempted with putting that front four as is, and then perhaps putting Higuain next to Trapp behind them, putting Parkhurst and Francis on the outside, and signing someone at center defense to pair up next to Williams.

The Crew may be alright in midfield, but still think they could use one more central defender and striker from overseas. If they could just get those two things, with there cap space that there not looking to use, there more of a playoff contender then. Hope I'm wrong, just not overwhelmed with some of our defensive options.

Thursday, January 9, 2014



Where the player signings have lacked the panache of Toronto F.C. and a lot of other MLS clubs; The Columbus Crew are stockpiling on a group of coaches well known in MLS and U.S. National team circles.

Gregg Berhalter, Josh Wolff, and Pat Onstad are big names to most American fans (even if Onstad is, well, Canadian).

To be fair, they're all more well-known than the former staff of Warzycha, Lapper, Iribarren, and Bliss.

Whether that leads to something other than being interesting, is yet to be seen.

But, either way, all the stars seem to be oddly on the Crew's coaching bench.

That impressive list of names now includes a lesser known in Dutch coach, former midfielder Robert Maaskant.

Maaskant, a former teammate of Berhalter, has 15 years of overall coaching experience.

Maaskant has mostly made his living in the total footballing of the Netherlands. But, lately has branched out into Eastern Europe and the U.S.; with Wisla Krakow, Dinamo Minsk, and the Texas Dutch Lions.

The Texas Dutch Lions connection is interesting, if it may mean nothing or is just by coincidence.

Either way, it probably didn't hurt Maaskant.

Dutch seem to like to deal with Dutch, so I wouldn't be surprised if Maaskant is involved with the communication end of the Crew-Dutch Lions partnership in some way.

Maaskant was on the payroll of Dutch Lions F.C. owner Mike Mossel in 2012, who the Crew just inked a partnership with (snuggled here in between Berhalter and McCullers).


Maaskant's Houston Dutch Lions of the PDL finished with 5 wins, 9 losses, and 2 ties in 2012.

Maaskant's Dutch Lion stint (in the soccer wilderness of PDL) probably wasn't the highlight of his coaching career; which included a Polish title with Wisla Krakow and UEFA Cup appearances with NAC Breda and Dinamo Minsk.

Yet, to be honest Maaskant has a much more extensive (and well impressive) managerial career than Gregg Berhalter, wonder how that plays out? 

Either way, it's good to have someone in the club with a longer resume on the coaching side of things. Maybe that longer resume, with more stops, will lead to some Crew signings?