WE DID EVERYONE! Jimmy Haslam and the rest of the Haslam family, along with the Edward's family will become the owners of the Columbus Crew in January of 2019!! Guys I just wanted to just say thank you for all the people who supported the movement since this started last. Anthony Precourt shall continue his push to get Austin a team. I'm so excited to see what happens with the Crew's future and what the new owners have in store for us. A new stadium,coach and possibly a new playing style is all coming soon! #SavedTheCrew #ForColumbus #GloryToColumbus.
Welcome to the black and gold family Joe! Crew SC sign goalkeeper Joe Bendik who has played for Orlando,Toronto and Portland in his career making a total of 170 MLS appearances. This signing means Bendik is possibly Steffen's replacement for the second half of the season. Is this a good signing for the Columbus Crew?
He's coming back! Crew SC sign Milton Valenzuela on a permanent deal! Valenzuela was on loan in 2018, but now has sign a permanent deal.
Report: According to multiple reports, Guillermo Barros Schelotto has left Boca Juniors and is reportedly the number one target for Columbus Crew. Other reports coming out of Argentina has mentioned that he’s already negotiating with Columbus Crew to become the next manager. Barros Schelotto has managed Lanús & Boca Juniors. During his playing career, he played a total of 118 games for Columbus Crew from 2007-2010.
The new Crew SC have plans to build a 20,000 capacity downtown stadium by 2021! And to turn our current stadium (Mapfre stadium) into a sports complex. From what I've heard the new Crew SC owners is reportly investing 645 million into the project! So excited for the Crew's future and this image of our new stadium is incredible. WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK!? Comment below!
Zack Steffen us set to join Premier League giants Manchester City in July of 2019. Which means he will play half a season for Crew SC in 2019. The report is supossed to be around 7.5-10 million dollars. Which breaks a league record! Good for you Steffen!
. Now that Gregg Berhalter is the new USMNT coach its time for the Crew to look at their replacement at the head coaching position. Crew SC have reportedly interviewed two replacements and those people are current assistant head coach Josh Wolff. And former Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter. Now lets compare these two coach's to see who could be the better fit for Crew SC.
Caleb Porter: there are many positives for Porter, who really didn't have much of a playing career, but has had a successful coaching career so far. Porter, who has won MLS Cup 2015 with Portland AGAINST Columbus which is a painful memory to all
Columbus fans. And reach the playoffs three times out of his five seasons. But Porter has had tremendous success at the NCAA level with the Akron Zips who are based in Akron, Ohio. Porter, who coached Akron for seven seasons and went to the playoffs six times. won the NCAA championship in 2010. and finishing his college career 119W-18L-17D. So its safe to say Porter is no stranger to winning, And coaching young players. Porter has also coached Crew SC captain Wil Trapp who also played for Akron in 2011-2012. So there are a lot of positives for Porter, the few negatives come from his ego at times. For example, when coaching Portland, Timbers played a match against the Revolution in when Porter did not use one sub during the whole match. Porter apparently told the sideline reporter to tell the Revolution bench that he doesn't need to make a sub because of the way they were playing. Revolution would then go on to score and the final score would be 1-1. This caused frustration among the Timbers fanbase at Porter who's ego got in the way of three points, and his ego costs them points more then one time in 2017. Porter last year coaching just so happen to be 2017. This could be the Crew's only concerned of hiring Porter is that his ego could get in the way of results. But he does have a very good coaching record and has won championships at multiple level. Caleb Porter is a very interesting head coaching candidate for Columbus Crew SC.
Now, The Crew's current assistant coach Josh Wolff is very hard to judge because he has never been a head coach. Wolff who played for Sporting Kansas City (twice), D.C. United and Chicago Fire. And also played for the USMNT national team. Wolff served as the assistant coach for DC United for 2012-2013 season. And became our assistant from 2013 to now. Wolff took over for one game for Columbus in 2017 after Gregg Berhalter was suspended for one game. It was a Wednesday game vs rivals Toronto FC. In which the Crew were defeated 2-1 after two late goals by Tosiant Ricketts. Looking back on that match, Wolff made bad substitutions and put subs that should've been put on 20 minutes earlier like Niko Hansen. The Crew also had a bad shooting night which isn't Wolff's fault but a loss is a loss. That's really the only negative Wolff has on his coaching young coaching career. Wolff does provide new ideas that maybe Gregg didn't let him do under him. And we can see Wolff's version of our system which could be very exciting. No one has also gave Wolff a chance as the head coach of a team so why not give him a shot?
These two are the main contenders for the next Crew SC head coaching job. But maybe we see former Crew head coach that won us MLS Cup 2008 winner Sigi Schmid? Maybe Jason Kreis? or the Crew legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto ? who do you guys want? Comment below!
Report: U.S. national team and Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen has finalized his transfer to Manchester City after completing his medical and signing his new contract on Thursday, multiple sources have confirmed to Goal and myself MLS Fanbase.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper will join the Premier League champions for a transfer fee of $7.5 milion (£6m) that could rise to $10m if Steffen reaches certain incentives. Zack Steffen unlikely to succeed in his quest to secure a UK work permit, the American goalkeeper is expected to be sent out on loan, with La Liga side Girona a leading candidate to be his next destination.
Well 2018 has been done with Columbus Crew SC a little over three weeks now, and the crew have made their roster decisions of who to keep, and who to decline. And who they choose to negotiate contracts with. In case you forget here are the players Crew SC chose to exercise their contracts.
GK: Jon Kempin
GK: Ben Lundgaard
CB: Alex Crognale
RB: Connor Maloney
CB: Gaston Sauro
CB: Josh Williams
LM: Luis Argudo
RM: Niko Hansen
While i'm happy that all these players contracts have been picked up, i maybe would've have declined Gaston Sauro or Josh Williams but im glad both veterans are staying. The only reason i would think about cutting him is because young and promises centerbacks Lalas Abubakar and Alex Crognale need to start or get into the 18. After all it will be their third year with the Crew. Now these Crew players had their contracts decline.
GK: Logan Ketterer
CM: Ricardo Clark
RM: Cristian Martinez
LM: Mike Grella
ST: Adam Jahn
Now, the Crew remain in talks with Ricardo Clark so he may return in 2019. But if not, i'm very sad to see Mike Grella And Ricardo Clark to go. Poor Grella could never get on the field because of injuries, but if the Crew can't keep Clark i would like to see the Crew sign Collen Warner who's contract was declined by Minnesota. He's getting old, and could be a good replacement for Clark.
Now in my opinion, there are four things that i think the Crew should do before the 2019 season.
1. Get rid of Pedro Santos and free up that DP spot. Santos, i love his work ethic,passing and vision. But my goodness his shooting is atrocious. After a season and a half i think MLS just doesn't fit Pedro Santos. I remember being so excited of Santos joining, but he just doesn't seem to fit very feel. 1G 6A in a season in a half for a DP just isn't good enough. Maybe we could trade him to another MLS team for some money, or we may just let him go. Santos has been a disappointment.
2. Sign another DP winger that can score/create. this is close to the most important thing the Crew need to do this offseason. Now it may be Niko Hansen time, but the Crew may consider and what i think they should, bring in a guy like Ignacio Piatti who can created chances and score. Who knows, maybe the Crew could land Piatti this offseason. (Yeah not a chance.)
3. Resign Milton Valenzulea. The 20 year old DP left back was a huge positive for the Crew in 2018,playing 33 matches and tallying up 1G and 4A. Valenzulea has probably been one of the best left backs the Crew have had in a LONG time. He's young and still improving, and is only going to get better, Since his loan has ended, with an option to buy, the Crew are gonna need to pay up the cash in order to keep Valenzulea. As Newell's Old Boys aren't going to let him go cheap.
4. Sign another young and improving goalkeeper. With Zack Steffen on on the verge of leaving for Manchester City, which for me will be maybe the biggest loss for Crew SC. Instead of Kempin in goal, we need to sign a young goalkeeper with a lot of talent. Now, if the Crew sign a veteran keeper around the age 25-30 i will be good with that. But a young talented keeper who we can sell in the future would be perfect. After all its going to be hard to replace Zack Steffen, who has accomplished so much in only two seasons.
Well these are just my opinions, all of these decisions will probably not be decided by Gregg Berhalter, who should be announced as the next USMNT head coach any day now. Now, everyone who's a Crew fan is going to miss Gregg Berhalter who has one the best coaches ever in Columbus Crew history. in my opinion, Crew should promote Josh Wolff as the next head coach. Very similar to Berhalter and probably has a few new ideas he could bring to the table. But who knows, this offseason is going to be one Crazy one for Crew SC. Well these are all my opinions, What do you guys think?! Comment Below!