Week 21 Matchday 22: Build a Bonfire

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.  EditTickets 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!!!!

July 26 Crew SC Foundation FootGolf Classic


Crew Union recently purchased two foursomes in the Crew SC Foundation's FootGolf Classic in Newark, OH. Please go to this link for more information


For those that don't know what FootGolf is, it's basically Golf, but with a Soccer Ball and larger holes. We have decided to break off those two foursomes into 4 spots representing 2 people each (You and a partner of your choosing). 1 spot was raffled at the Away Watch Party July 11th and 1 spot was raffled off to Crew Union Season Ticket Members. This raffle is for 1 spot for Crew Union members.

If you are interested in entering this raffle please fill out the form below by 8pm Wednesday, July 22. We will draw a name that night and contact the winner of the raffle to get information on the person they would like to bring with them as their partner.


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Week 20 Matchdays 20 and 21: Bridgeview Week

Chicago_470x345Crew SC vs Chicago Fire Nordecke Tickets July 19th

So back to the drawing board for Crew SC after more early goals and another road defeat for the Black and Gold against Montreal.  While there had been signs that the Crew were entering the second half of the season ready to become the team they are capable of being, there were equally signs a game like this could be coming.  While the team hadn’t been punished for it over the past four weeks, they did show a penchant for giving up weak early goals.  Against a team that likes to sit back and counter like Montreal, that’s a recipe for disaster.  However, for good or bad, week 20 gives the Massive no time to dwell on this past game, as two games against the vile team from Bridgeview loom.

The week starts off with the Crew traveling to the Sh!tcago suburb for a Wednesday 8:30pm game and then return to Columbus for the home leg on Sunday July 19th at 5pm.  The F!re come into the two games last in the East just like they were when we last saw them at Mapfre Stadium.  Bridgeview is coming in with a bit of confidence beating a depleted Seattle team 1-0 on a stoppage time goal.  Sound familiar?

Can Crew SC finally win one away from Mapfre?  Can they keep from giving up the first goal?  Can they get the 6 pts this week?  Who knows with this team, anything is possible.  Although if they could find a way to get it done, nothing would be sweeter then beating that vile putrid sad sack of a team twice in 2 weeks.

Join Crew Union at 4th Street Bar and Grill for our away watch party on Wednesday. As always, Tickets for the July 19th Shitcago match are on sale in the webstore.  The tailgate will kick off about 2pm.  We’ll have a North High Brewery keg available for members.

Glory to Columbus!!!!

Week 19 Matchday 19: Impact Take 2

Chicago_470x345 Crew SC vs Chicago Fire Nordecke Tickets July 19th

July 4th certainly provided some fireworks for Crew SC thanks to a total team effort against New York RedBull lead by Ethan Finlay and Kei Kamara.  This was the type of game that a supporter really gets up for.  Two teams, evenly matched, going end to end in a proverbial 6 pointer.  The Black and Gold won the 3 points to propel themselves to 2nd in the East and keep the momentum swinging upward with their second straight home win.  With Wil Trapp getting back after a long injury layoff and Cedrick Mabwati arriving in town to hopefully bolster the attack, one can’t help but feel the second half of the season is going to be special.

In order to keep the party going, the Massive is going to have to do something it hasn’t done by winning a road game as they next head to Montreal July 11th at 8pm.  In their first meeting, the Crew found themselves at their lowest point in a stretch of games where nothing went right.  Montreal came into Columbus and took it to the Black and Gold all night, winning coach Frank Klopas’ first road victory for the Impact since joining the side 2 years ago.  That result has done nothing for the Impact’s season as they continue to sit second to last in the East on 18pts.  The Crew on the other hand as gone 2-0-2 since that game.

This is a game the Crew simply should win and have to win to keep this string of positive results going forward.  It’s not going to be easy, however.  Montreal is a team that always gives Crew SC a hard match especially in Montreal.  Their counterattacking style and team speed is something that just gives the Massive fits.  Still if this team is going to show the caliber of play they are capable of and continue to move up the table, it’s these kinds of teams they have to exploit.

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.  Tickets for the July 19th Shitcago match are on sale in the webstore as well.

Congratulations to the Women’s National Team on their 3rd World Cup Championship.  Carli Lloyds 3rd goal is easily 1 of the top 10 goals I’ve ever seen; Men’s or Women’s.  Here all three of them are in all their glory.  Hopefully some of that World Cup magic can be passed on to the Men’s team as they begin Gold Cup play this month.

Glory to Columbus!!!!

Week 18 Matchday 18: The Second Half

NY_470x345 July 4th Crew SC vs NYRB Nordecke Tickets

I took a couple weeks off to recharge and what a two weeks it’s been.  Crew SC tied LA, advanced in the USOC by beating USL side Richmond, got their first win since May beating New England in their first come from behind win, and got a good road point against RSL coming back twice from a goal down.  While the team still is having defensive lapses, the Black and Gold are starting to look like a team coming out of a slump heading into the second half of the 2015 season.

Before the second half of the season can start, the Massive must travel to Orlando to face the expansion side in the Round of 16 of the US Open Cup June 30th at 7:30pm.  The last round was broadcast by USSF on YouTube.  There’s been no word if they plan to do the same with this round, but if they do, we’ll let you know.  The two teams have played twice already this year with the Crew winning at home and drawing on the road.  Orlando will come in the more rested team having not played last week.  Both sides will have league games Saturday, so it should be interesting to see if the managers throw out the first teams or save it for league play.

If the Crew are to improve on their first half standing, the month of July will be a critical stepping stone with 5 games all against Eastern Conference opponents; 3 of which are home games.  The month kicks off on Independence Day against NY Red Bull at Mapfre Stadium at 7:30pm.  NY, which sits at 23pts and 4th in the East, and Columbus last meet in March.  NY dominated the Crew in a 2-1 home defeat.  Since then, the Red Bull have followed somewhat the same path Crew SC has.  Sometimes they show the promise they had early in the season and sometimes not.  Like the Black and Gold, they are starting to show signs of breaking out.  It should be a hell of a good game against two teams evenly matched.

Tickets are still available in the Nordecke for this match, but they won’t last long.  The tailgate will get going about 4pm for the match at the megatailgate spot.  North High Brewing will be on hand for members.  The Ole Farts will be back for another catered tailgate serving up hamburgers and hot dogs to celebrate America.  Then after the Crew serve up fireworks in the game, they’ll serve up fireworks after the game too.  Should be lots of fun so I hope you’ll join us.

Glory to Columbus!!!!