So You Saw The Crew Union Columbus Shirt on Red Band Society

This is a beginners guide to Crew Supporters Union for those who came upon us from one of our shirts making a cameo in Fox’s new show Red Band Society.

What is Crew Supporters Union?

Crew Supporters Union is the largest supporters group for Major League Soccer‘s Columbus Crew.

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Around in various forms since 2000, the Crew Supporters Union was officially organized and named in 2006. Though the group is based in Columbus, the Crew Supporters Union has membership outside of the Central Ohio metropolitan area with local chapters that regularly carpool to matches from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Detroit, and Louisville. When the Crew is on the road, you can find members at their headquarters 4th Street Bar & Grill located just one block from Crew Stadium. CSU is a volunteer controlled 501(c)(7) organization that is not only dedicated to supporting the Crew and soccer in Central Ohio but actively engages in charitable causes. It is also proud member of The Columbus Idea Foundry, and they are widely recognized for their shirts released through their partnership with HOMAGE.

Why is there a Crew Union shirt on Red Band Society?

That’s a great question, we’ve heard one of the writers is from Columbus, but that’s all we know.

You can watch the trailer here:

How do I get one of those shirts?

This shirt holds a lot of sentimental value to our members, especially our members that have been with us since the beginning. This was the first shirt our group debuted in 2010. By pure coincidence years before HOMAGE ever had a brick and mortar store,  one of our members introduced us to a recent Ohio University graduate starting a t-shirt business out of his parents’ basement. We had no idea that young man would go on to establish a highly successful and nationally known clothing brand. And they had no idea our group of a few dozen fans would grow to an organization of nearly a thousand members.

Since then, HOMAGE has opened two stores, with a third about to open in Cincinnati, and struck deals with ESPN, NCAA, and even MLS, with our partnership producing another nine shirts. But to our early members, nothing will ever top this shirt that many of us were wearing when the Crew lifted the 2008 MLS Cup.

Due to the prolific output of other Crew Union and Crew shirts, HOMAGE retired this graphic in Spring 2014. We were able to secure one last printing this Summer, and we will sell them at our tailgates either this Fall or next Spring.

You can see our shirt this year below and check out HOMAGE’s current selection of soccer shirts in their webstore. We also have shirts available at our tailgates.

Crew Union HOMAGE

All of that is Awesome, Now How Do I Join Crew Supporters Union?

You can join us every Columbus Crew home game by purchasing tickets with us in the Nordecke at Crew Stadium. 2014 memberships are still available as well!

Photo Credit: Sameh Safaa Fahmi/Massive Report

Photo Credit: Sameh Safaa Fahmi/Massive Report

2015 Nordecke Season Tickets With Crew Union Now Available

2015 Crew Season Tickets in section 101 of the Nordecke with Crew Union are now available in our webstore. With season tickets through Crew Union you get all the benefits of buying through the front office plus some additional exclusive benefits including your 2015 Crew Union membership.  The sale of season tickets will end 3/13/15 and only individual tickets will be available for sale.



  • Includes all 17 regular season MLS matches and 1 special game tickets (Opponent and Date TBD)
  • Includes a 2015 Crew Union membership
  • Will receive a Columbus Crew issued membership card if purchased by 2/28/15 loaded with their season tickets and an online account allowing you to
    • Print your tickets at home
    • Make payments to your account
    • Transfer tickets via email to a friend
    • Exchange tickets
  • Additional benefits granted by the Crew to the Social Membership Community



  • Includes 10 regular season MLS matches of your choice
  • Includes a 2015 Crew Union membership



  • Deposits will be accepted until 2/28/15 and can be applied to either a half-season or full-season ticket package.  All purchases after 2/28/15 must be paid in full.
  • A Crew Union representative will contact you once the deposit has been placed to discuss payment plan options.

Please contact us with any questions

2014-2015 Crew Supporters Union Premier Fantasy League

Be the next Ted Lasso and win the Crew Union Premier Fantasy League.

Joining the league couldn’t be easier. Simply use this link and you’ll be added automatically after you’ve entered the game:

You shouldn’t need the league code, but just in case here it is: 1929785-433450.

Fourth Street for Premier League

With the Premier League kicking off Saturday we want to remind everyone Fourth Street Bar & Grill will again be opening early for all Premier League games.

This weeks premier league games:
Saturday, August 16th
7:45am Manchester United vs Swansea City (NBCSN)
10:00am Leicester City vs Everton (NBCSN)
10:00am Queens Park Rangers vs Hull City (Live Extra)
10:00am Stoke City vs Aston Villa (Live Extra)
10:00am West Bromwich Albion vs Sunderland (Live Extra)
10:00am West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur (Live Extra)
12:30pm Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (NBC)

Sunday, August 17th
8:30am Liverpool vs Southampton (NBCSN)
11:00am Newcastle United vs Manchester City (NBCSN)

Monday, August 18th
3:00pm Burnley vs Chelsea (NBCSN)

See everyone Saturday for Premier League and then Crew vs LA!

Help Crew Union Bring the Nordecke Cup Home

The 2014 Nordecke Cup is set for Saturday, July 26. Will you help Crew Union win back the title?

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it is a 7v7 co-ed tournament that pits teams from the various supporters groups against each other. Much like its international equivalent, the World Cup (maybe you’ve heard of it), it begins with group play before advancing to the knockout stages. Every team is guaranteed at least three games. The tournament is open to players 18yr+ of ALL skill levels (seriously, all are welcome, do not be shy just because walking from the tailgate to the stadium makes you winded). CSU season ticket holders get first priority. And most importantly, this is your chance to play on the hallowed pitch inside Crew Stadium (three fields are set up width-wise across the stadium).

If you are interested in playing please submit the following information to Ben at bhoelzel[@] (in this format please) with “Crew Union- Nordecke Cup” in the subject line:

Season Ticket Holder: Yes/No
Self-assessment skill-level: 1 through 5 (1 being the best – 5 being Sebastian Rozental)
Preferred Position:

*You may also submit a name or two of the people you would like on your team. We will try to accommodate requests, but cannot guarantee it.

**Not going to lie, every year there seems to be a struggle to get enough ladies on all of our teams. If you are a guy sending in a Request to Play and you know a couple ladies that might want to play but are not sending in their own requests, let Ben know. He may contact you closer to the date if we need more ladies.

CSU Partnership with Columbus Brewing Company

We’re proud to announce our new partnership with Columbus Brewing Company! CBC has been brewing world class beer in Columbus since 1988 and we couldn’t be happier to have them as our partner.

They also just won a Gold Medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup in Denver for their Uncle Rusty Imperial Red Ale!

Photo Credit: John ClemAs you already know our 2014 membership package includes a mug that includes beer at select tailgates this year. As part of this deal we’ll always be serving fresh from the brewery Columbus Brewing Company beer. We think this is extremely exciting and can’t wait to pick up kegs from CBC on Saturday mornings.

For more on Columbus Brewing Company please go check out their website, you can also find them on facebook and twitter.