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Is duka playing this week? That would be huge if the crew got him back.The crew hasn't played yet this year with a predominately healthy starting lineup. It sucks luke rodgers wasn't granted a visa since I always enjoy his style of play for new york. I'm going with a 3-2 win for the crew. I'll say renteria,mirosevic,and finley with the goals.
Danny O’Rourke missed the Crew’s past two games because of an ankle injury, which neither he nor anyone will else will say much about. He tweaked it two weeks ago, and team insiders suspect the injury might be more mental than physical. Injuries have limited O’Rourke to 23 games the past two seasons. After the defender participated in two full practices in a row this week, coach Robert Warzycha was asked if that was a good sign for a game on Saturday against Philadelphia. “Next question,” Warzycha said.
The second Gaven goal was WOW!
The Crew marked the 13th anniversary of the opening of Crew Stadium earlier this week. It was noted by the Columbus Dispatch in their on-going Bicentennial column that features an historic event on each calender day: Columbus Mileposts | May 15, 1999: Country’s first soccer-specific stadium opens and by the Dispatch's Crew blog: Crew, Fans Reflect On Anniversary.Just prior to that 13th anniversary, the Houston Dynamos opened their new stadium. Which is the latest in a string of great new soccer-specific venues for Major League Soccer. Houston's stadium broke new ground because it's the first of these new venues located in their city's downtown district. More about it from the Houston Dynamo website and from wikipedia.Those two events got me thinking about just how far Major League Soccer has come as a league in those 13 years. In 1999, there were only 12 MLS teams. And only the Columbus franchise was playing in a soccer-specific stadium. Now in 2012, there are 19 teams. And only three of those teams are not playing in places that were either built or renovated as soccer-first venues. Crew Stadium was built for $28 million in 1999. Now MLS is getting brand new stadiums like a $200 million New York Red Bulls stadium in 2010, a $120 million Philadelphia stadium in 2010, a $200 million Kansas City stadium in 2011, and now a $95 million Houston stadium. The present and future of MLS looks good.
^ Don't forget that for the 2002 season MLS contracted two teams to go down to 10 total. At the time it really looked like the beginning of the end. So, if you look at the situation from that nadir it is really amazing to where they have come. I still wish the playoff format just took the top 4 teams from each conference but that is a debate for another time (like after the second NYC team is added).
Columbo, here up in Cleveland we seemed pretty close to getting a team. If we actually do, I'm interested in what you think the dynamic would be? It would seem a natural rivalry, but then it struck me that there is no modern example of a Columbus/Cleveland sports rivalry that I know of. It could be interesting. p.s. Happy anniversary Crew
Quote from: surfohio on May 18, 2012, 12:31:34 PMColumbo, here up in Cleveland we seemed pretty close to getting a team. If we actually do, I'm interested in what you think the dynamic would be? It would seem a natural rivalry, but then it struck me that there is no modern example of a Columbus/Cleveland sports rivalry that I know of. It could be interesting. p.s. Happy anniversary CrewI might be the worst person to answer this because I really don't get into the whole "bitter rivalry" thing - so I might be downplaying this. But I'm not sure Columbus/Cleveland would develop into a Cleveland/Cincinnati or especially a Cleveland/Pittsburgh type sports rivalry. As far as NFL, MLB and NBA fandom goes, Columbus feels like "Cleveland South" at times. Partially because of Clevelanders who have moved into Central Ohio and partially because of the bandwagon effect, there are tons of Browns, Indians and Cavs fans here. Heck, Columbus' AAA baseball team is even the farm team for the Indians. But like you said, there is no modern example of a Columbus/Cleveland sports rivalry. So maybe it would develop into a rivalry if they played head-to-head games. But it just doesn't seem natural to have one. However, if Detroit got a MLS team . . . now that seems more natural.
I really would expect the 20th MLS team to be in NYC. Maybe Detroit, but probably not the Florida area. While that is a big soccer market and has a good number of fans they are mostly immigrant fans. Where they are supporting the teams their fathers supported (like Barca and Madrid or the National teams of South American countries). MLS has done a much better job of including the Latino population in their fan bases (Chivas and Houston have done particularly well), but Florida is just a weird place fan wise all around, look at all the trouble Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami have filling a stadium. Actually it's just a weird place period.
The NY is still the odds on favorite. They seem to be scared of Florida. I think Arizona, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, a New South city are possibilities. There are consistent rumors that D.C. may move to Baltimore if they can't get a new stadium soon. I don't think they would be opposed to a fourth Canadian team (Calgary perhaps).