The greatest happiness in life is to scatter your enemy, to drive them before you, to see their cities reduced to ashes, and to see those who love them shrouded in tears.
That about adequately describes the joy of last week as the Crew took 6 points from Bridgeview F!re in 5 days. The 6pts propelled the Black and Gold into 2nd place in the East with 30pts, 5 points back of Eastern Conference leaders DC Scum and the Supporters Shield race (if I can be so bold). With Wil Trapp back in the starting lineup for the first time since the 3rd game of the year, Wednesday, in particular, was one of the most dominant Crew SC wins of the year. The 1-0 score was flattering to the suburban Sh!tcago club as their GK Sean Johnson had a heroic, if fruitless, performance in the Crew’s first road win of the season. Of course, this is what this team should be doing against the worst team in the league. Bridgeview has a team that matches their fans. Thank you Frank Yallop and Brian Bliss for all your hard work. May we see you next year.
But enough about dumpster fires, the Massive have won 3 of their last 4 and are 4-1-2 in their last 7 games. A lot is going well for the Crew right now. Wil Trapp is back, Kei Kamara is a beast, Pipa is Pipa, and Ethan Finlay is getting assists and scoring goals. However, the Black and Gold can’t afford to forget the lesson it learned in Montreal. Against Sh!tcago the team came out swinging, but that’s Shitcago, has the team really put it’s allowing weak early goals behind them? The free kick goal they allowed against the F!re doesn’t leave me feeling warm fuzzy on that front.
The Black and Gold next go up against another rival with Toronto FC coming to town on Saturday July 25 at 7:30pm. Toronto is a much different team then the one the Crew beat 2-0 on Crewsmas. Much of that credit has to go to Sebastian Giovinco. After all those years of throwing money around, the Terrible Football Team have finally found a DP worth the money. The diminutive Italian has been terrorizing MLS defenses, sitting among the league leaders in goals, assists, shots, and shots on goal. On Crewsmas day, Trapp and Mohammed Saeid were able to limit Giovinco’s impact even before the red card on Justin Morrow made everything a little easier. Does Berhalter stick with Saeid this game over Tony Tchani given how well Saeid matches up against Giovinco?
Crew SC were also able to keep Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley under wraps the first time around. Bradley will be at the Gold Cup baring a US collapse in Atlanta against Jamaica in the semifinals Wednesday night, but Altidore was sent packing from the US Squad after the group stages. In the first game, Emmanuel Pogatetz absolutely bossed Altidore all game. However, the last couple games has seen Pogatetz out of the starting lineup in favor of Tyson Wahl. Does Poga get back in the first IX for this game?
Crew Union still have a few tickets for this match left in the webstore, but they won’t last long. It’s dollar night at the stadium and this has proven to be one of our more popular requests for tickets. It’s also the last home game until August 19th as the Crew go on their annual Ohio State Fair trek. The tailgate should get going around 4pm. North High Brewing will return with a keg for members because the only thing better then $1 beer is free beer. Edit: Tickets in the Nordecke are sold out. 7/21/15
Don’t forget that AO Columbus and Crew Union will host watch parties at Fourth Street Bar Wednesday at 6pm for the Gold Cup Semifinal match and for the Final Sunday at 7:30pm.
Glory to Columbus!!!!