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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #1260 on: August 11, 2017, 03:23:14 PM »
Some further details on the top allocation spot trade with New England:  https://www.massivereport.com/2017/8/10/16128906/columbus-crew-sc-invest-in-future-with-mls-allocation-pick


-- Crew SC received $200,000 in Targeted Allocation Money for the 2018 MLS season, $200,000 in General Allocation Money for the 2018 MLS season, plus an international roster spot for the 2017 and 2018 season.

-- Columbus also moved to acquire another international roster spot for the 2017 season from the Philadelphia Union for $50,000 in General Allocation Money.  Crew SC now have 11 international spots for this season.  With the introduction of the club’s third Designated Player, Pedro Santos, and a lack of international roster spots open, this move makes sense.  Now players such as Lalas Abubakar and Cristian Martinez will no longer have to be loaned out to maintain roster compliance.
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #1261 on: August 11, 2017, 03:24:05 PM »
Opinion piece from the Dispatch on this flurry of deals made by Crew SC:

http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20170810/michael-arace--crew-scs-recent-deals-feel-like-big-upgrade
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #1262 on: August 13, 2017, 05:36:35 PM »
- GAME #25 RECAP (aka "We Got The Fire!"):  https://www.massivereport.com/2017/8/12/16139554/columbus-crew-sc-defeats-chicago-fire-3-1-ends-winless-streak-mls-2017

- VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:  https://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2017-08-12-columbus-crew-sc-vs-chicago-fire/recap


Crew SC hosted the Chicago Fire last night in a match that was looking like a must-win for the Crew.  The Crew entered the night still in 6th-place and above the Eastern playoff line, but riding a three game winless streak (0-2-1).

The Crew had two good scoring chances in the game's first 10 minutes, but couldn't convert them.  Shortly thereafter Chicago did convert their first scoring chance.  In the 13th minute the Crew backline tried to offside trap Chicago, but it failed and gave a Chicago attacker a wide open header for the first goal of the night.  --  The Crew answered with an equalizer only 5 minutes later though.  Artur blasted a long-range shot that was blocked by a Chicago defender and deflected over to Manneh, who was open at the top of the 18-yard box with no one between him and the Chicago goalkeeper.  The keeper came out to try and prevent a shot, but Manneh deftly lifted the ball over him and into the goal.

With the score tied 1-1 at halftime, the second half was tense affair.  It felt like whoever scored the next goal would win the night and that both teams were capable might be it.  But it was the Crew who broke the tie in the 73rd minute.  Against the run of play, Francis got possession and drove down the left side.  Francis maneuvered into a spot for a crossing pass.  An Ola run into the 6-yard box drew two Chicago defenders toward him and opened up a trailing run by Meram just outside the 6-yard box.  Francis' pass was deftly redirected into the net to give Columbus a 2-1 lead!

Ola Kamara added the clincher in the 87th minute when he benefited from a Chicago turnover to end up one-on-one with the Chicago keeper in the 18-yard box.  The Chicago keeper stopped Ola but in the process fouled him, which awarded a penalty-kick to Columbus.  Ola converted the PK to give Columbus a 3-1 victory.
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #1264 on: August 15, 2017, 12:53:13 PM »
I don't normally post this excellent weekly Massive Report column called "Anatomy of a Goal" that breaks down a goal from the most recent Crew game in very detailed fashion.  But since this goal was the 1000th goal in Crew history - in addition to being a real pretty game-winner - this one deserves the extra attention:

https://www.massivereport.com/2017/8/14/16141796/anatomy-of-a-goal-justin-merams-slip-in-winner-columbus-crew-sc-chicago-fire-mls-2017
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #1265 on: Yesterday at 07:03:20 PM »
Some Crew SC player updates before tonight's match at Orlando:


Ola Kamara -- A report by ESPNFC sent a chill down Crew fans when it was reported that Ola was unhappy with his current contract and would "explore moves away from MLS after the conclusion of the current season".  Below is the ESPNFC report and a Massive Report article on that report:

-- http://www.espnfc.us/story/3181583/columbus-crew-hit-impasse-in-contract-talks-with-ola-kamara-sources
-- https://www.massivereport.com/2017/8/16/16159434/report-contract-talks-between-columbus-crew-sc-and-ola-kamara-breakdown

However, there was quick follow-up from Ola Kamara denying that ESPNFC report.  As was pointed out, Ola is in the second season of a four-year contract, and is reasonably well-paid by MLS standards.  However, Ola is also tied for fifth in MLS with 12 goals this season, and his 28 goals over the past two seasons rank him tied for third alongside Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco.  So although the Crew aren't required to amend his current contract, there is justification to do so.  And it sounds like that's the direction both Ola and team are headed toward over the off-season.  Not in an Ola's-going-to-hold-out sense, but a lets-do-something-within-the-2018-salary-structure sense:

-- http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20170817/crew-sc--ola-kamara-says-focus-is-playoffs-not-contract
-- https://www.massivereport.com/2017/8/17/16163858/ola-kamara-isnt-focused-on-a-new-contract-but-on-making-the-playoffs-columbus-crew-sc-mls-2017


Kekuta Manneh -- As Manneh was replaced in the second half of the Crew victory last weekend over Chicago, he was noticeably limping.  An MRI confirmed a left ankle sprain after he apparently rolled it during that game.  Manneh has been resting the ankle this week and will not be available for tonight's Orlando game:  http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20170815/crew-cuts-crew-sc-awaiting-mannehs-mri-results


Justin Meram -- Meram will be on the Iraqi national team's roster for their two upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.  The two upcoming matches are on Aug. 31 against Thailand in Bangkok and Sept. 5 against the United Arab Emirates in Jordan.  MLS will take a two-week break during this international World Cup qualifying window, so Meram shouldn't miss any upcoming Crew games:  http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20170817/crew-cuts-meram-to-return-to-iraq-national-team-for-upcoming-world-cup-qualifiers


Artur -- 21-year Brazilian midfielder Artur is having a dazzling debut season with Crew SC (despite a painful broken wrist injury suffered earlier this year).  He was signed on loan from Brazilian giant Sao Paulo in February.  Since then, Artur has been settling well into a new country, a new league, and new team.  However, his future with Crew SC is uncertain.  Because Artur is playing so well, circumstances might not allow him to return for next season.  Sao Paulo might ask too high a price for Artur to return to Crew SC in 2018, or an international team might outbid Crew SC for his services in 2018, or Sao Paulo might want him for their own team in 2018:  https://www.massivereport.com/2017/8/17/16165000/after-six-months-artur-is-settled-in-columbus-on-and-off-the-field-crew-sc-mls-2017


Pedro Santos -- The Crew's newest DP player has his visa issues sorted out and is available for tonight's game at Orlando.  Santos has been practicing with the team this week and would likely fill in at right wing (particularly given Manneh's injury).  Although its unlikely that Santos would go the full 90 minutes:  http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20170818/crew-sc--pedro-santos-federico-higuain-could-play-at-orlando

Federico Higuain -- Higuain is reportedly ready to return for tonight's Orlando game after missing six weeks because of a sprained knee.  During Higuain's absence the team switched from a 4-2-3-1 to 3-4-2-1 formation, which takes away Pipa's central attacking midfielder position.  If Higuain does play tonight, will he switch to right wing (potentially splitting game time with Santos for this week) or will Berhalter switch back to the 4-2-3-1 lineup with Higuain back in the lineup:  http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20170818/crew-sc--pedro-santos-federico-higuain-could-play-at-orlando


Gaston Sauro -- Now here's a name we haven't heard in a while.  Sauro was a key central defender for the Crew during their 2015 MLS Cup run.  But his follow-up 2016 was injury plagued.  Then Sauro got news that his injured left knee was much more serious than originally thought.  His knee required a total cartilage replacement.  And that required a donor match before surgery could be performed.

It took five-months before a cartilage donor match became available and on March 4 he underwent cartilage transplant surgery.  That surgery carries a recovery timetable of 10 to 12 months.  Six-months after the surgery, he is beginning physical rehab work.  However, the injury is so severe, doctors are giving the 27-year-old only a 50-50 chance to return to professional soccer.  After being placed on the season-ending injury list for 2017, Sauro's contract with Crew SC is up this year, but it also includes a club option for the 2018 season.

Below are a couple of excellent articles from the Dispatch on Sauro's injury journey and his wait for a cartilage donor match, a situation he made public this season in a commercial for the medical donor group Lifeline of Ohio:

-- http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20170816/crew-sc--gaston-sauro-recovering-from-knee-injury-that-cost-him-season
-- http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20170816/crew-cuts-how-gaston-sauros-lifeline-of-ohio-commercial-came-together
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