Week 13 Game Day 12: Heigh-Ho Heigh-Ho It’s on the Road We Go.

Games like last Friday show the cruelty of this game and why it’s so compelling. A team can dominate another and lose, play poorly and win.  A tie can feel like a great win or a crushing defeat.  Above all else, a match can be turned on it’s head in an instant.  So went the 2-2 tie against Sh!tcago.  Up 2-0 and looking everything like another Mapfre Stadium victory, a fluke bounce right after the 2nd goal gave the F!re a goal and the confidence to push forward for the equalizer.  Ultimately, the Black and Gold couldn’t get the third goal or stop the wave of attackers from a 94′ goal to tie it up.

What’s most concerning is this is the fourth game in a row where the Crew have given up two goals.  A defense which was once one of the tops in the league has now fallen to one of the worst.  For Crew SC to move up the table, it will need to get back to the stout defensive performances we’ve become accustomed to seeing since Berhalter’s arrival.  And there’s no time like now as the Massive move into June with a couple of winnable road games followed by 3 straight home matches.

It all starts Saturday May 30th in the Crew’s first trip to Orlando.  In order to get back on the right foot the Crew is going to have to do something it hasn’t done all year; win a road game.  The first encounter for the sides at Mapfre resulted in a 3-0 win for the Crew. However, after a couple good results, Orlando is showing signs of shaking off the expansion tag as they learn to play together.  The Crew SC defense was able to hold Kaka to zero shots in their first encounter and it’s going to take another team effort like that to hold Orlando at bay at home.  The Black and Gold will also have to do something it’s only done in one of five road games this year to win, score goals.  It’s going to be a challenge, but this is a game a good team finds a way to get 3 points from.

There’s going to be a good contingent of Crew SC supporters at the match in Orlando, including yours truly.  If you want to make last second plans to attend the game with us, this link was made available to Crew fans.  The code is CREW.  If your staying in Columbus, Crew Union will of course be at 4th Street Bar and Grill for the game.  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.

Also tickets are still available for the Valencia match tomorrow and all of June’s home games are now available in the webstore as well.

Glory to Columbus!!!

Week 12 Matchday 11: Piss on the F!re!!!!!

Another road game, another road loss for the Black and Gold.  The season is young still, but the 0-3-2 road results are troubling especially when one considers that 4 of those 5 games Crew SC also didn’t score a goal.  SJ should have been a game that the Crew controlled considering how dominate this team is capable of being.  However, from the opening whistle they were a step behind and eventually it cost them a man and the result.  Oh well, Crew SC’s next two road games are against Orlando and Philly back to back so hopefully they can get off the schneid there.

Then again, who cares about road games when Sh!tcago is coming to town Friday May 22?  #HateWeek was used for Seattle a couple games ago; lets be real though, who cares about Seattle really?  If there is a hashtag for this week, I’d say it has to be #DisdainWeek.  Disdain is about the only emotion I can conjure up for that joke of a team.  Last week Sh!tcago up a man and up two goals allow expansion side NYCFC to tie them 2-2. HaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!

Don’t get me wrong there is talent on the F!re that I respect.  Harry Shipp is a fun player to watch, as is DP David Accam.  The rest of the roster isn’t that bad either.  They don’t lack talent, they just don’t play particularly well as a team.  Now the bastards have the unenviable task of playing a pissed off Black and Gold team, at home, where we’ve been demolishing team after team.  I’d pity them if I didn’t have so much disdain for everything that city and club stand for.

This is the type of game I circle on my schedule when it comes out every year.  This is true hatred, born of many years of struggle.  This is build a bonfire, better dead then red, this is Piss on the F!re.  These are the games that define us as a supporters’ club and as the Nordecke.  If you feel like I do, there’s still a few Nordecke tickets available in the webstore for the match so you can show them just how much disdain you have for them too.

Glory to Columbus!!!!!!

Week 11 Matchday 10 Do you know the way to San Jose?

I was bad and took a week off.  It’s hard to get motivated to write after a lose to a despised rival like DC.  Thanks to the Crew’s performance against Seattle last Saturday, that game has been erased from memory and good times are back again at 1 Black and Gold Blvd. And what a match it was.  The DC game showed how cruel this game can be; this game is why you keep coming back regardless.  Two great teams, playing to their very best, leaving everything on the field.  No matter the result it would have been an entertaining game, but the 3-2 result favored Crew SC and it makes it all the more sweet.

I want to mention the huge contribution of the artists of #tifosweat who put out another masterpiece this game.  Every game just gets bigger and better.  I got a chance to paint with them last Friday.  It was a great experience and I strongly recommend you go at least once to help out.  Where else do you get to help out tremendously talented artists realize great art?  If your interested in getting on their mailing list email tifosweat@tifosweat.com.

Speaking of huge contributions, we want to thank the Ole Farts for yet another successful catered tailgate and our partner North High Brewing for the beer.  The Ole Farts next tailgate is 6/6.

The Black and Gold next take on San Jose Earthquakes in brand new Avaya Stadium Saturday May 16, at 10:30pm.  San Jose is 4th in the west on 10pts.  I have to admit, I don’t know much about how they play as I think the only game I’ve seen was their opening match in Avaya against Sh!tcago.  The Quakes feature US Internationals F Chris Wondolowski and D Clarence Goodson and Argentine M Matias Perez Garcia.

I hope you’ll join Crew Union at 4th Street Bar and Grill for our away watch party.  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. If you live in other areas and go to a bar to watch away games with Crew fans, please contact us and let us know.  We’d love to add your group/bar to our list so fans know where to get together to watch games.

Also Sh!tcago F!re 5/22 and Valencia 5/27 tickets are available in the webstore

CSU Partners with North High Brewing

We’re proud to announce our new partnership with North High Brewing! North High has been brewing world class beer in Columbus since 2011 and is the first and only Brew on Premises establishment, where the customer is the brewmaster.

As you already know our 2015 membership package includes a cup for beer at select tailgates this year. As part of this deal we’ll now be serving fresh beer from North High Brewing at all weekend tailgates the rest of the year. We think this is extremely exciting and can’t wait to pick up kegs from North High on Saturday mornings.  We couldn’t be happier to have them as our partner.

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

Week 9: Matchday 8 On the Road Again

Columbus has a message for you MLS.  If the previous week’s 3-0 demolition of Orlando City didn’t convey it, then certainly the complete obliteration of Philadelphia 4-1 this week announced it loud and clear.  Crew SC is good and working toward greatness.  As this excellent article from MLSsoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle illustrates, the Black and Gold have the perfect players for the style they play with the ability to turn possession into production.

The Massive next turn their attention to DC United at RFK Stadium Saturday May 2, at 7pm.  It’s a classic six pointer for Crew SC as they look to continue to climb the standings in the early season.  The scum have started the 2015 season strong with a 4-1-2 record which finds them tied for 1st in the East.  DC is an experienced balanced team that knows how to get results. They don’t score much, don’t give up much, and fight for everything.  A perfect team to hate.  They feature forward Fabian Espindola, back from his 6 game suspension for being a gigantic douchebag, Kettering, OH native Chris Rolfe, and Akron alum and US international Perry Kitchen.  For a more in depth analysis from a well respected pundit of all things DC go here.

If you’re thinking of going to DC for the game, follow this link for tickets.  The code is “CREW.”  For those supporting from Columbus, I hope you’ll join Crew Union at 4th Street Bar and Grill for our away watch party.  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. If you live in other areas and go to a bar to watch away games with Crew fans, please contact us and let us know.  We’d love to add your group/bar to our list so fans know where to get together to watch games.

Also, the May home games against Seattle and Chicago have been added to our web store.

Glory to Columbus!!!!!