Week 30 Matchday 31: The Stretch Run Part II

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Can you believe there was a time when Crew SC couldn’t buy a win on the road?  4 straight road wins latter and that seems like a whole other season.  Thanks to timely defeats across the league, this road win against DC United could be one of the biggest wins of the year.  The win propelled the Black and Gold from 4th to first in the East for a night before dropping to second with NYRB’s win in Portland.  The Crew now find themselves 1pt back of NY for the East with a pivotal 6pt game two weeks from now in the wings and also 1pt back in the Supporter’s Shield race.  While the Red Bull’s and other team’s games in hand make both the East and the Supporter’s Shield race somewhat unlikely, it’s still pretty amazing this team is in this position this late in the year.  To keep themselves in the race, all the Massive need to do is something it’s not done all year, win a 3rd game in a row against Portland at home 9/26.

Portland is sitting in 6th place in the West on 41pts and are coming off a 2-0 home defeat to NYRB.  With a resurgent Real Salt Lake and San Jose making a push for the final playoff spot, they will be hungry for points on the road.  The Timbers are a team that like to keep possession and they have good attacking talent, but they struggle to score goals.  That was apparent in their game against Red Bull as they created chance after chance, but poor finishing and Luis Robles standing on his head turned them away time after time.  Regardless, this is a game the Black and Gold absolutely can win and have to win.  It’s the second to last game at Mapfre Stadium and they just can’t afford to drop any more home points.

Crew Union tickets for this match are sold out, as will the stadium, as Dollar night reigns again in Columbus.  The Crew will have temporary seating available on the stage and the FO has made this link available for members left out to get tickets.  The code is Crew Union.  The Ole Farts return with another catered tailgate for this match.  They will be serving up Shrimp skewers for all to enjoy.  North High Brewery Keg will be back as well this Saturday for Members to enjoy pregame so bring your cups.

I would also like to remind all those out there that 2016 Crew SC Season Ticket Memberships are currently available through Crew Union on our webstore.  Season Tickets are $306 and include 2016 membership in Crew Union.  That’s only $17 dollars a game, $5 less per game then day of game member tickets.  Deposits are only $20 and we offer payment plans from 2 to 6 months.  If you renew/purchase or put a deposit down by 9/25, you will have the option of purchasing Nordecke playoff tickets for $16 each and by 10/9 to secure a really cool Crew SC pint glass.  Season Ticket members are the foundation of everything we are able to accomplish as a supporter’s group so I hope you will join in.

Glory to Columbus!!!!!

Week 29 Matchday 30: The Stretch Run


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With the 2-1 win against Philadelphia, Crew SC set themselves up for one hell of a good ride for the final 5 games of the 2015 season.  The Crew now find themselves 1pt behind DC and NY RedBull for the top spot in the East and 4pts back in the Supporter’s Shield race.  Of course several teams still in the running have games in hand on the Massive, including NYRB, but the goals the team and fans thought this team were capable of achieving are still a possibility.   With 2 games against DC and 1 against NYRB the East in particular is within the team’s grasp.  As Crew SC also play 5 teams that will all make the playoffs, how the team performs over the course of these games will be a pretty good indication of whether this team is or is not championship caliber, warts and all.

The stretch run kicks off this weekend in DC against the hated United.  DC started off the year on fire which included a 2-0 victory in RFK over the Black and Gold in May. However, the team has cooled off as of late gaining only 1pt in their last 4 games and they will be coming off a mid-week CCL game on Tuesday.  DC is still a smart disciplined team that will look to clog the middle and capitalize on any Crew SC mistakes.  This of course makes them a considerable challenge as that’s the very strategy that does the Crew in every time.  This will be a game to see if Crew SC learned anything from their latest loss against Dallas.

If you would like to go to DC to support the team, you can get tickets in the away section by following this link.  The Code is “Crew”.  For those staying in Columbus, I hope you’ll join Crew Union at 4th Street Bar and Grill for our away watch party at 4pm.  Remember to bring your membership card for 20% off drinks and 25% off food.  Please don’t worry about the OSU football game before hand.  Yes there will be a lot of students there for the game and after, but 4th Street did an amazing job for us during the Philly game and will do the same for this game.  If you’re in the Cincinnati or Cleveland area, check out their bars to watch with other Crew fans. Please go here for details.

Glory to Columbus!!!

Week 26 Matchday 27: 2015 Crew SC or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Offensive Soccer


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I wrote last week that week 25 was a test for the Black and Gold as they went up against two very different opponents.  If I had to grade last week, I’d put it at a solid B.  The defending, especially in transition and on set pieces, has a long way to go to get to championship caliber.  Still, 4 pts from a two game week is a good result.

What’s easy to miss in worrying about the defense is the Massive are on a roll.  Since July, Crew SC are 5-2-2.  Now they have scored 18 goals and given up 18 goals in that stretch, but a lot of the goals against (8 total) were given up in the two loses.  For Columbus fans who for 19 years grew up with the Hardest Working Team mantra, it’s hard for us to take.  The emphasis Gregg Berhalter places on free flowing attacking soccer is just something we have never seen here.  You think back to all the great seasons the Crew have had and for the most part it’s been with stout defensive performances and somewhat of a middling offense; 2008, of course, being an exception to that.  3-2 is a score line that frankly scares us to our very core.  Yes it’s unnerving to lose a 3 goal lead at home or give up by 5 on the road, but maybe we should just go with it.  For the most part, it’s working.  The players understand the system and that chances will be given up in it, but for every mistake there is going to be 2 or 3 more opportunities for the offense to score.  To Berhalter’s credit, he’s sticking with his players through the mistakes which give them the confidence to keep going forward and fight.  If they can get it done with offense, maybe we should stop worrying and just enjoy the ride.  Maybe it will take us farther then we think.

How about our mid-season additions?  Cedrick Mabwati, Jack McInerney, and Harrison Afful have made their presence known since being added to the roster.  Mabwati added the tying goal against NYCFC in a beautiful give and go play with Kei Kamara and his quick footwork lead to the foul for the tying goal against Sporting KC.  McInerney supplied the game winning goal against KC with a classic JackMac goal.  Jack is a true #9 and offers a change of style to that of Kamara off the bench.  Afful has solidified the right back spot in his two starts and offers a mirror image of Waylon Francis for defenses to worry about.  For a team that went close to 2/3rds of the season without a goal from the bench, they’ve gotten 2 in the last 2 games all from players they brought in mid-season.  I’d say our Sporting Director deserves a round of applause and we haven’t even seen Gaston Sauro yet.

So now the Crew head into week 26 August 29th at 4pm with a second chance against NYCFC.  In the first game against the expansion side Wednesday, a lot of focus was placed on the big names coming to town, but it was Kwadwo Poku they just couldn’t stop.  After coming back from two unanswered Poku goals to tie it up, the lightning came and the delay killed the momentum of the game, ending it at a 2-2 tie.  This game starts a stretch where the Crew find themselves on the road for 5 of their last 8 games. Road points are going to be critical for this team as they move toward the post season.

NorOnTour will be taking a Bus and we expect to have a pretty solid group of traveling supporters at the game.  If you would like to get a ticket in the away supporters section please contact Mike Lennon at mike.lennon@nycfc or 1(212)738-5844.  For those staying in Columbus, I hope you’ll join Crew Union at 4th Street Bar and Grill for our away watch party at 4pm.  Remember to bring your membership card for 20% off drinks and 25% off food.  If you’re in the Cincinnati or Cleveland area, check out their bars to watch with other Crew fans. Please go here for details.

Glory to Columbus!!!

Week 25 Matchdays 25 and 26: The Test

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In week 25, Crew SC faces a two match week which will test the team against teams who are polar opposites.  With the bye week come and gone, we now get to see if this week has done anything to solidify the defense and incorporate the new signings into the squad.

In the first of two meetings with expansion side NYCFC the Black and Gold face a side that has a lot of high priced talent that is still trying to find its way.  Offensively, NYC brings  alot of notable names to the table with David Villa, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, and Mix Diskerud.  In an interesting twist perhaps their best attacking player has been an unknown signing from NASL side Atlanta Silverbacks, Kwadwo Poku.  Defensively, the team has been a train wreak which isn’t all that unusual for an expansion side.  City haven’t exactly put all the big and little puzzle pieces together yet, but with a 3-1 victory over league leading DC United last Thursday, perhaps they are showing that they can.

The Black and Gold find themselves playing NYCFC at an interesting time for both clubs.  Columbus has their own defensive problems and against a team with the offensive options of City that could be a problem.  Of course with the amount of chances the Crew are able to generate, NY’s defense could be in just as much trouble.  This is an important test for Crew SC.  City is a team the Crew can beat, maybe even should beat, but they must stay focused for the full 90 minutes.  Against the kind of offensive talent NY is able to bear, they can score at any moment as DC United found out last Thursday.

The second game of the week offers a completely different challenge.  Kansas City is a top team in this league.  They are a top team offensively.  They are top team defensively.  The high press they employ is just the kind of thing that gives our team fits.  Sporting are every bit an MLS Cup contender and could even be in position to win the domestic treble.  This game is a chance for the Black and Gold to test themselves against the very best MLS has to offer.  And it’s the first of many to come for Columbus as the final two months of the season come to a close.  Of the final 10 games for the Massive, 6 are against teams which currently have more points.  If the Crew are to make the playoffs or better, it’s going to have to compete against the best to get it done.

Tickets for the Wednesday game are sold out at this time, but tickets for the SKC game are still available.  The tailgate on Wednesday will begin at around 5:30 to 6:00.  As it is a weekday game there will not be a keg available for members.  Ticket pick up at the tailgate for Wednesday will be by 7 PM.  After that time tickets will be taken to will call.  Saturday the tailgate will begin around 4 PM.  The Ole Farts will be back with another catered tailgate.  They’ll be serving up ribs this time.  There will be a keg of North High Brewery Beer for members to enjoy as well.  All are invited to enjoy and bring a dish to share with everyone.

Glory to Columbus!!!!

2016 Crew SC Season Tickets Now Available

2016 Crew SC 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 2016 Crew Union membership.


  • Includes all 17 regular season MLS matches and 1 special game ticket (Opponent and Date TBD)
  • No black out days for trades (subject to availability)
  • Includes a 2016 Crew Union membership with membership items
  • Discounts on additional Nordecke day of game tickets for friends and family
  • Discounts on CSU Merchandise
  • Priority access to all NorOnTour Trips
  • Reimbursement for Away Game ticket purchases through NorOnTour Link
  • Will receive a Columbus Crew issued membership card 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 to Crew Union
  • Additional benefits granted by the Crew to the Social Membership Community


  • A Crew Union representative will contact you once the deposit has been placed to discuss payment plan options.

Please contact us with any questions