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Dec 4, 2017
Massive Report Podcast: One final time in 2017

Massive Report Podcast: One final time in 2017

Crew SC were one goal shy of hosting MLS Cup and we break it all down. Welcome to another edition of the Massive Report Podcast; brought to you by our friends at Land Grant Brewing Company and Old North Arcade. Join Bart Logan, Ralph Schudel, Alex Stanek and Sam Fahmi as they discuss all of the happenings with Columbus Crew SC. In this week's episode we discuss: Crew SC lose to Toronto FC Don Garber doesn't know how to navigate through traffic Jozy Altidore taps into the clutch gene he couldn't quite find during World Cup qualifying Roster talk Favorite moments of 2017 We will see you...
Dec 4, 2017
Multifaceted Columbus Crew SC looking to be even more flexible in 2018

Multifaceted Columbus Crew SC looking to be even more flexible in 2018

Gregg Berhalter is planning on more tinkering for next season. If Columbus Crew SC was to be described by someone who followed Major League Soccer closely over the last few years, it is likely that this person would mention the team’s unwavering commitment to its favored 4-2-3-1 formation and possession style. Indeed, from the moment Gregg Berhalter took over as head coach, prior to the start of the 2014 season, until the end of 2016, the Black & Gold started only two of its 109 MLS matches in a different formation according to WhoScored.com. In 2017, though, the team showed more of a...
Dec 1, 2017
Artur’s future with Columbus Crew SC still up in the air

Artur’s future with Columbus Crew SC still up in the air

According to Gregg Berhalter, the Brazilian’s destiny might be sealed in the next weeks. Columbus Crew SC’s roster for 2018 started to take shape this Friday as the club released the list of players who had their options picked up for the upcoming season. However, what is perhaps the biggest question surrounding the Black & Gold’s offseason is still unanswered: Will Artur return next year? The 21-year-old midfielder had his option picked up by the club but his permanency in Columbus is tied to an agreement between Crew SC and São Paulo FC, the Brazilian club who loaned him, that...
Dec 1, 2017
Columbus Crew SC exercise options on nine players for 2018

Columbus Crew SC exercise options on nine players for 2018

The Black & Gold have the core of their roster returning next season. Columbus Crew SC’s season came to an end one game sooner than the team liked following the 1-0 loss to Toronto FC in leg two of the Eastern Conference Finals. With 2017 now officially in the books, Gregg Berhalter and Crew SC have moved on to the offseason and that means getting the 2018 roster prepared. On Friday, Columbus announced the club exercised the contract options on nine players: defenders Lalas Abubakar, Harrison Afful, Connor Maloney and Josh Williams, midfielders Artur, Mohammed Abu, Niko Hansen and...
Dec 1, 2017
2018 FIFA World Cup draw: How to watch; live updates

2018 FIFA World Cup draw: How to watch; live updates

We know who is in, but now we find out who will play whom and when. The United States will not take part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and that is a shame, but that does not mean the world’s most popular sporting tournament won’t be exciting. We are six months away from the World Cup kicking off and on Friday morning, we get the drawing of teams placed into the groups they will compete in to begin the tournament in mid-June from Russia. The draw will take place live from Moscow. Each of the 32 team is seeded using the FIFA world rankings before the draw in order to keep balance in the...
Nov 30, 2017
Columbus Crew SC looking to build on the 2017 experience

Columbus Crew SC looking to build on the 2017 experience

Every step of this year will help the club to come back stronger next season. Columbus Crew SC is still with heavy hearths as the team had its second MLS Cup run in three years stopped, this time by Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference Finals. The 1-0 defeat at BMO Field on Wednesday ended the dream, but did not erase the accomplishments the Black & Gold achieved in 2017. Last season, at this same time of the year, Crew SC was on vacations for over a month as the team failed to reach the playoffs for the first time under head coach Gregg Berhalter’. The Black & Gold bounced back strongly...
Nov 30, 2017
Anatomy of a Goal: Jozy Altidore’s Season Ender

Anatomy of a Goal: Jozy Altidore’s Season Ender

This week, we look at the Eastern Conference Final’s winning goal. Welcome to the Anatomy of a Goal, where each week we dissect one goal (or near goal) from Columbus Crew SC‘s previous match. For the final Black & Gold match of the 2017 MLS season, we take a look at Jozy Altidore’s 60th minute give-and-go goal that put Toronto FC up 1-0 as part of the aggregate win by the same score over Crew SC. Here’s a look at the finish from the Toronto striker. While Columbus ceded the majority of possession to their Trillium Cup rivals, the Black & Gold dictated the pace of the game for much...
Nov 29, 2017
Game Grades: Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC

Game Grades: Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC

Checkout how the Black & Gold players performed in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Finals. Columbus Crew SC said farewell to the 2017 MLS season as the team suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Toronto FC in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Finals. It was a close game, as in the first leg, and the Canadians took advantage of one opportunity to book their places in the MLS Cup Final for the second straight year. See how each of Crew SC’s players rated in the match: Zack Steffen (8.5) – Crew SC’s goalkeeper was again superb, keeping the team alive in the game by...
Nov 29, 2017
Crew’s season comes to a halt in Toronto

Crew’s season comes to a halt in Toronto

Black & Gold out of playoffs after falling 1-0. The fairy tale 2017 playoff run is over after the Columbus Crew couldn’t break through the Toronto defense, falling 1-0 behind a Jozy Altidore goal. The Black & Gold fell 1-0 on aggregate over the two leg series. Columbus came out in a surprise 3-4-2-1 with Pedro Santos as the left wingback. Justin Meram and Federico Higuain played as two central playmakers. The switch caused Toronto a little confusion early before they settled in with some possession. The Crew would get the first good chance of the game in the 21st minute and it was on the...
Nov 29, 2017
Andrew Ginter, Alex Fischer write a letter to Anthony Precourt, MLS with plans to keep Crew SC in Columbus

Andrew Ginter, Alex Fischer write a letter to Anthony Precourt, MLS with plans to keep Crew SC in Columbus

The cards are on the table for the Columbus side of #SaveTheCrew. When the #SaveTheCrew movement began, it was a group of fans doing everything within their power to help keep the soccer team they support in the town they reside. What this group didn’t have at the time was the help of powerful people with the ability to make something happen. That has changed. Since Anthony Precourt announced the possible relocation of Columbus Crew SC to Austin, TX, the movement has grown. Not only has there been support from clubs across the country, even the globe, but Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther and...
Nov 29, 2017
Massive Predictions: Eastern Conference Final - Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC

Massive Predictions: Eastern Conference Final - Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC

For either Columbus Crew SC or Toronto FC, Wednesday night will be the last game of 2017. For the other, it will mark the beginning of a 10-day stretch that builds to hosting the MLS Cup Final on Dec. 9. The Black & Gold and TFC head into the second leg of the Eastern Conference Final at BMO Field level on aggregate at zeroes. Crew SC knows that going into Toronto won’t be easy, but also that one away goal could change the complexion of the tied. TFC understands it was the best team in Major League Soccer this year and all it has to do is win at home — something the side did 13 times...
Nov 28, 2017
Report: São Paulo wants Columbus Crew SC’s Artur back in 2018

Report: São Paulo wants Columbus Crew SC’s Artur back in 2018

According to the Brazilian media, Crew SC can buy the midfielder’s rights until Thursday. The future of Artur with Columbus Crew SC might be set soon as a report from Brazil claims that São Paulo FC plans on having the 21-year-old midfielder back on its roster in 2018. According to GloboEsporte.com, the Brazilian club’s front off wants the player to the return once his loan contract with Crew SC expires at the end of the current season. The report also says that the Black & Gold have an option to buy Artur’s rights for an undisclosed amount, but has to exercise it until Thursday,...
Nov 28, 2017
Massive Report Podcast: North of the wall

Massive Report Podcast: North of the wall

Crew SC and Toronto head into one final clash for the right to represent the Eastern Conference in MLS Cup Welcome to another edition of the Massive Report Podcast; brought to you by our friends at Land Grant Brewing Company and Old North Arcade. Join Bart Logan, Ralph Schudel and Alex Stanek as they discuss all of the happenings with Columbus Crew SC. This week: Leg one recap against Toronto FC Security issues and long lines plague MAPFRE Stadium (again) #SaveTheCrew earns a sellout! Morgan Hughes reveals some damning information about Major League Soccer What's wrong with American...
Nov 27, 2017
Columbus Crew SC to miss Artur in the second leg of the Eastern Finals

Columbus Crew SC to miss Artur in the second leg of the Eastern Finals

With the Brazilian suspended, Mohammed Abu is likely to get the start in Toronto on Wednesday. In the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Finals, Toronto FC had to deal with the absences of two of its most important players in Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore. When Columbus Crew SC meets the Canadians again next Wednesday, it will be the Black & Gold who will be missing a key player. Midfielder Artur is suspended for the match due to yellow card accumulation. The Brazilian was shown a yellow card in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs against Atlanta United and booked again in...
Nov 27, 2017
Report: MLS offers Columbus opportunity to get into expansion race

Report: MLS offers Columbus opportunity to get into expansion race

Morgan Hughes reported what he’s bee told happened in theNov. 15 meeting in New York. The Save The Crew movement became an inspiring grassroots campaign that has evolved daily since news broke that Columbus Crew SC Investor-Operator Anthony Precourt and his ownership group were exploring the possibility of relocating the club to Austin, TX for the 2019 MLS season. What began as a small movement of local supporters, quickly evolved into something massive when approximately 2,000 Black & Gold supporters held a rally on the steps of City Hall. Aided by business owners, local celebrities,...