Week 14 Matchdays 13 and 14.

SHOP: 6/6 MONTREAL NORDECKE TICKETS

Orlando didn’t go as planned.  For the second week in a row Crew SC leaves 2pts on the table after the 89th minute.  Don’t get me wrong, 2-2 away down a man for over 60 minutes is not a bad result.  Overall the team performed much better in the same circumstance they found themselves in the last road game where they gave up 2 goals against San Jose.  I think Berhalter certainly made better choices this game for the Black and Gold to handle the challenge of being down a man.  Still those 4pts certainly could have come in handy later in the season.

The good news is there’s no time to dwell on what could have been for the team as they have a two match week.  The team travels to Philadelphia Wednesday June 3rd at 7pm and then heads home to face Montreal June 6th at 7:30pm.

This will be the Crew’s second meeting with Philly, beating them at home 4-1.  The Union just aren’t a good team offensively or defensively. Baring another red card this really should be the game the Black and Gold get their first road victory.  Anything less couldn’t be called anything but a disappointment.  Fourth Street will have the game as always.

The June 6th home match is the first meeting with Montreal this year.  They’ve played less games then any other MLS team as they were given a lighter early schedule for their CONCACAF Champions League run.  They made it all the way to the final and were 30′ from being the first MLS team to claim the region’s club title before subcumbing to the MXL side.  Their MLS campaign hasn’t gone as well so far at just 2-4-2.  The Impact is a talented group that is capable of giving the Crew problems defensively. Their biggest problem is they leak goals in the back.  Despite how bad they’ve been, Montreal has always been a side that gives the Crew problems, so expect a good match.  Still this is also a game that if the Massive doesn’t get the full 3pts from it will be a disappointment. Match tickets for the game are on sale in the webstore as always.

The tailgate will begin about 4pm.  The Ole Farts will be back for another catered tailgate serving up pulled pork. Also there will be a keg of wonderful North High Brewery Beer for members to enjoy so bring your cups.

Glory to Columbus!!!!

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.