Columbus Crew is a Major League Soccer team based in Columbus, Ohio. The club is one of the ten charter teams that has existed since MLS's inaugural season in 1996. Mapfre Stadium, where the club plays its home games, was the first ever soccer-specific stadium built for an MLS team with a seating capacity of 19,968, relatively small compared to some MLS stadiums built since, but hey, you gotta start somewhere.
Anthony Precourt acquired the team on July 30th, 2013, and later rebranded the club from Columbus Crew to Columbus Crew SC with a new logo. On November 6th, 2013, Precourt hired Greg Berhalter as manager and first Sporting Director in club history. In 2014, the team set club attendance records for most cumulative attendance and for most sellouts.
Fast forward to October 17th, 2017...
"It is my intention to move the team to Austin, Texas for the start of the 2019 season." --Anthony Precourt
"BOO! Columbus is the team's home! We will fight you!"--Columbus Crew Fans
In a nutshell, the "Modell Law" is a piece of Ohio legislation that was enacted back in 1996 after Art Modell, then owner of the Cleveland Browns of the NFL, decided to move the team to Baltimore, Maryland. The law prohibits sports teams that benefited from public facilities or financial assistance from relocating to another city without a six-month notice, and without first attempting to sell the team to a local ownership group.
The 2018 season is already underway, and the story picks up after Columbus Crew SC has played their first five matches.
Supporters Shield Standings:
Columbus Crew Stats:
April 2, 2018
I've been watching MLS regularly since the Galaxy signed a decent TV deal around the time that Beckham joined the team. Coverage was spotty before that and nationally televised games are still limited, but I can honestly say that the league has come a long way in just the last few years alone (since Portland joined in particular). I suppose it helps to have a local team that you can watch regularly. I would be seriously PO'd if the Galaxy relocated.
The bad start was by design (I simmed through the preseason and the first month of play). I don't think it will be so easy for the Crew to move (and I hope they don't, they're an original club). In all fairness, there are two sides of the story I'm discovering as I read more about it. Columbus Crew have been losing money and MLS doesn't want another failed club (there have been a few), but I personally think Precourt is the wrong owner that hasn't done his part to connect with the community. Garber and MLS should recognize that.
Will be a difficult season as I've added more manual settings. I'm still not good enough for full manual so I have semi-assisted crossing whereas in the past I only used manual passing and shooting. MLS doesn't generate the kind of revenues that some other leagues in this country do, so I understand their concern for markets that lose money. Precourt is a douche, however, and looks like he didn't even try since he purchased the team (interesting history on that, which I'll touch upon later). MLS needs to vet its ownership better and chose people or entities that are closer to the community and not 2,000 miles away.
Trust me, Columbus is not taking the move well. The history of the Cleveland Browns move was interesting. Cleveland fought back and got their team back. Hopefully Columbus will prevail in the end.
"There's been a lot of rumor and innuendo regarding our commitment to youth development. With the help of Curt Onalfo, I would like to change that perspective." --Chester Lee
- Columbus Crew bolster their senior Academy with 17 year old Victor Gagnon, a technically gifted midfielder who has been a part of the Columbus Crew SC Academy since the age of 12.
I was going to edit a video for the DC United match, but it was so boring and bad, why bother.
Which is the problem?
Team is suffering a confidence issue due to lack of ownership commitment and a sudden coaching change. That being said, the team has a solid back line and keeper, and Chester will build upon that. There are only 2 strikers on the roster and the team plays conservatively by default. It might take a few games to figure out some stuff. Target right now is that sixth and final playoff spot (or better). Would have been nice to go farther in the cup to play some reserves, but it wasn't a priority (Anthony Precourt could give a crap ).
Something wonky with the way the game registers shots. How do I have only one shot on target when I have two goals with two assists?
Big 2 wins as others have said, important to get those points and climb the table, confidence is high now
Thanks, the match graphics are a culmination of some things I've learned how to do in Excel. I spent some time over the summer improving what I've done in the past. The initial design was (re)created from scratch using shape and chart objects, but the values, team logos, and (I finally figured out how) the team colors are updated by a custom user form, so I don't physically have to modify the graphic for changes. It took a lot of time to create but takes very little time to update. The team has pulled itself up from the basement it shared with Chicago, but we do have an extra game played , so our position in the table might be inflated. Still, we're right there.