Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Soccer World Is Yours (6.3.2015-Edition)

The best part of Tuesday's match for New Zealand's U-20 Goalkeeper Oliver Sail

I'm not too convinced Julian Green will be the world phenom Klinsmann expects him to be. But, Gedion Zelalem will be somebody. A lot of players on this U-20 team will be (alright, could be):


And everyone talks about CCV, Hyndman, Rubin, and Zelalem...
But, I think Paul Arriola is a bit underrated or overlooked in the hype of the others. I think he's a hell of a player. I like his frame and he has a little bite to his game. And could make the jump to U23s with a lot of these other guys (Rubin, Hyndman, Zelalem, CCV, etc.). I think he may be a guy that surprises some people (in a overseas, across the Atlantic type of way) in the future.

In addition, who is this little engine that could Desivio Payne? Payne against New Zealand was a baller and appears to be a delightful wing back for the future (if he sticks with the US). We always could use more of those, and to be honest he may be moving up that (slim outside back) depth chart real quickly.

It's nice to be impressed with a US performance every once in a while. All these guys could do some great things. If I was Klinsmann I would've enjoyed that.

**A lot of people are focusing on the symbolism of the open back door in this image, I'm focusing on those fresh kicks.
Pretty fly, felt shoe game, for a 79 year old.

**New York Cosmos vs. Cuba, why was this on ESPN?

I flicked it on and preceded to fall asleep several different times, drooling on myself. It was a good nap inducer.

.25 cents a ticket for this one, you think they could up the ticket prices to provide for a grounds crew and maybe a few stadium improvements... No wonder Osvaldo Alonso and half their team always makes a run for asylum/citizenship at the Gold Cup.

Rough looking national team stadium... And that's alright, but at least put more work into the pitch. It looks like what my local rec league would play on.

Very surprised Raul's creaky old ankles held up on that.

**The Columbus Crew play the Philadelphia Union in the quest for their first away win. Things to likely happen: Kamara will score, somebody will get red carded wearing yellow, will give up a win with a late goal.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

6.2.2015: Why Crew Fans Are So Grateful For Kei








KEI KAMARA.. It's fair to say there hasn't been a Columbus Crew striker in a very long time that has been this prolific.

At one time the Columbus erector set overflowed'eth with fantastic strikers that did what forwards were supposed to do, score. We had Stern John (55 appearances, 44 goals), Brian McBride (161 appearances, 62 goals), Jeff Cunningham (182 appearances, 62 goals), and even at times a motivated Edson Buddle (106 appearances, 42 goals).

Since then it's been rough, when it comes to prolific.

There's been your loveable and often effective; but, not extremely prolific strikers like Alejandro Moreno (74 appearances, 20 goals)..

Your semi-respectable in the numbers department, but not so much in anything else, strikers like Andres Mendoza (40 appearances, 15 goals).

Then we've had those "big name" strikers, like Sergio Herrera, that well never played a league game and were not so "big name" after all (1 appearance, 0 goals).

In the curious case of Sergio Herrera, awkwardly, the coach decided he was god awful after he signed him. So bad in fact, he wouldn't tarnish his reputation by giving him more than a minute of playing time. Ouch.
 
 
Except we did. We had a first round draft pick and didn't give him a chance. Released him before the season. A draft pick who ended up eventually scoring for the Nigerian national team.

We've had strikers with some bright spots. The Bash Brothers, Jason Garey and Steven Lenhart, who were fun. Had their ups and downs. But, could've been better in front of goal.

28 goals in 146 appearances between them wasn't enough. Yet, there's much, much worse strike rates as you will soon see.


Robert not happy..

We've had guys that you thought might become prolific.

But, just ended up being prolific strippers (69 appearances, 16 goals).











*Sorry for this, lol. Actually liked Renteria. Maybe he has a modeling career.


Or just ended up having prolific speed and hair (45 appearances, 13 goals).
Or who were, despite talent, prolifically inconsistent like Jairo Arrieta (67 appearances, 17 goals).
 
We've had other guys such as Bundesliga 3 star Ryan Coiner (3 appearances, 0 goals), who people probably don't even remember.

And then guys who were supposed to make an impact like Ryan Finley (14 appearances, 1 goal), but couldn't even make that impact for the Dutch Lions (4 appearances, 0 goals). *Probably should just stay away from Ryan's (see Ryan Junge as well).

There's been Jamal Sutton (9 appearances, 1 goal) and Marcus Storey (12 appearances, 0 goals).

There's been German fifth division star Jacob Thomas (28 appearances, 2 goals).
 
There's been Ohh-man Vargas (11 appearances, 1 goal).

Oh, and how do you forget the MLS stalwarts/answers to all our problems, Nico Hernandez (5 apperances, 0 goals) and Andy Herron (18 appearances, 4 goals).

The Andy Herron "Not So" Collective Card
 
Then there was everyone's favorite Star Wars character look-a-like, Joseph Ngwenya (25 appearances, 5 goals):
 
Finally, who can't forget everyone's favorite record breaker, Ante Razov (7 appearances, 1 goal):
 
 So, take a minute to be thankful Crew fans.

Monday, May 4, 2015

5.4.2015: [VIDEO] One Minute Breakdown of Crew SC vs. DC United



A quick one minute breakdown of the moments that defined the Crew's 2-0 loss this Saturday against D.C. United:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

4.29.2015: [VIDEO] One Minute Breakdown of The Crew vs. Philly Game


Philadelphia keeper McCarty does some acrobatics to try to keep up with Kamara (Sam Fahmi/Massive Report).

Doing these one minute breakdown's of games from now on; Because who really has the attention or time to listen to me (or anyone) for thirty minutes. It's a little bit of a work in progress because my video editor kept cutting off portions of what I was saying. But, trying to keep them lighthearted and fun:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

4.28.2015: [Video] Crewture Remix of the 4-1 Crew Victory over the Union


Thanks Thoma Gol (Pic by Sam Fahmi/Massive Report)

Took some videos from the game, and paired it together with some highlights, Massive Report pictures, and some Yellow Claw music. Enjoy:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2.25.2015: Rivalry Snub

From Major League Soccer:


No Columbus vs. Chicago on the list, or on a backup list here. But, NYCFC vs. New York Red Bull can be considered the BEST rivalry even though they have never played a game? Is Major League Soccer retarded?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2.11.2015: Robert Kristo's Trial In Italy Successful

Crazy I can now call this place home #laspezia #cinqueterre #italy

A photo posted by croatiannation7 (@croatiannation7) on

The 6'4 Robert Kristo won't be heading in goals for the Columbus Crew this season, instead his devastating aerial ability (as mentioned by his new coach) will be on display at 7th place Serie B side Spezia Calcio.

In a way though, Columbus Crew can look at it (and Berhalter mentioned in a way he is) as an extended loan; as in most cases, eventually every American player ends up back in Major League Soccer.

Kristo won't be looking at it that way though.

And if there was one player not to bet against, it looks like this guy.

Kristo was confident that he was going to Italy, that his trial would be successful, and he would be signed. That's an excellent sign of his mental character. Very determined kid.

You hope for great success in Europe for a young American player such as Kristo. But, if he finds himself with the wrong coach or team in the future, Columbus may be an attractive option.