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From Business First of Columbus, 4/9/07:

 

 

GM hoping changes on field, office help Crew in stands, bottom line

Business First of Columbus - April 6, 2007

by Jeff Bell

Business First

 

Columbus Crew General Manager Mark McCullers thinks the soccer club is headed for improvement on and off the field when it opens a new season April 7 at Crew Stadium against the New York Red Bulls.

 

Read more: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2007/04/09/story12.html

 

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Hey, a Cleveland connection:

 

COLUMBUS -- In the midst of their bid to return to the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Columbus Crew on Thursday made a landmark announcement that could have much more long-reaching effects on the club. The Crew have named Glidden, an ICI Paints brand, as the presenting partner of Ohio's Major League Soccer club.

 

More: http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20071004&content_id=121300&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

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MLS notebook: Ohio State player taken second in supplemental draft

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 2:54 AM

By Shawn Mitchell, The Columbus Dispatch

 

A month after leading Ohio State to its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament championship game, forward Xavier Balc reportedly faltered at the Major League Soccer draft combine, so much so that he was not selected in the four-round SuperDraft last Friday.

 

More: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/crew/stories/2008/01/25/mls0126.ART_ART_01-25-08_C3_SB95HO7.html?sid=101

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Crew negotiating fee for Celtic forward

Wednesday,  January 30, 2008 - 3:07 AM

By Shawn Mitchell

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio -- The Crew has spent more than a year searching for a player to score goals in the numbers that Stern John and Brian McBride used to in the 1990s, when the team was a regular contender and blessed with world-class soccer talent at bargain-basement prices.

 

More: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/crew/stories/2008/01/30/crew30.ART_ART_01-30-08_C3_BJ97123.html?sid=101

 

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Soccer: Polish striker rebuffs Crew for Greek team

Saturday,  February 2, 2008 - 3:02 AM

By Shawn Mitchell, The Columbus Dispatch

 

The Crew's long search for a proven goal scorer will continue after Polish striker Maciej "Magic" Zurawski broke off negotiations without warning and accepted a deal yesterday with a Greek club.

 

More: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/crew/stories/2008/02/02/crew02.ART_ART_02-02-08_C1_9F982O4.html?sid=101

 

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Crew: Beckham, a no-show a year ago, on home schedule again

Friday,  February 8, 2008 - 3:02 AM

By Shawn Mitchell, The Columbus Dispatch

 

A visit from David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy and two Thursday night games to be televised by ESPN2 will highlight the Crew's 2008 home schedule.  Beckham did not play in Columbus last season because of an injury, but is scheduled to visit Crew Stadium on Oct. 4.

 

More: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/crew/stories/2008/02/08/crew_sked08.ART0_ART_02-08-08_C7_G599V77.html?sid=101

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To be truthful.. I've driven past the crew stadium and have never thought about seeing a game there.. drove past it last weekend and seen there doing an addition or something..

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Crew braces for crowd

At least 2,300 Toronto supporters expected

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 7:36 AM

By Shawn Mitchell, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

The Crew and Toronto FC are not yet rivals.  But with more than 2,300 Toronto fans expected in Crew Stadium for the season opener Saturday, the emphasis is on yet.

 

More: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/crew/stories/2008/03/27/crew27.ART_ART_03-27-08_C3_EI9OQ0E.html?sid=101

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View Live Crew

Columbus Alive

March 27, 2008

By Bryan Bullock

 

It may not feel much like spring, but shin guards and short shorts are officially back in season. And when the Columbus Crew kicks off with a home opener Saturday, soccer fans will rally at Ruby Tuesday before, during and after the game.

 

More: http://columbusalive.com/?sec=food&story=alive/2008/0327/n-clock.html

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Crowds help propel Crew to win

Club looks sharp on both ends in win over Toronto

 

By Nathan Linton / MLSnet.com Staff

 

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Crew got their 2008 campaign off to a fantastic start, downing Toronto FC 2-0 in front of a raucous crowd at Crew Stadium. Adam Moffat netted his first MLS goal in the first half and Alejandro Moreno tallied his first of the year in the second half while the Crew defense held on for the shutout.

 

More: http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20080329&content_id=146177&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

 

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I guess when your team sucks, all you can do is be disorderly. Ask Browns fans prior to last year, lol.

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Would knew Canadians could be so rude?  There goes the popular stereotype of all Canadians being polite.

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Toronto FC fans are positively rabid. This is the club's second season. They played poorly last year, but sold out every single game. The Crew has been around for 12 years, and if they've had 12 sellouts, it'd be a miracle. 

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Crew 4, Chivas USA 3

Crew able to hang on through a wild finish

Sunday, April 13, 2008

By Shawn Mitchell, The Columbus Dispatch

 

About 15,000 seats, give or take, went unfilled in Crew Stadium last night. About the same number of soccer fans might be kicking themselves today after missing the most wildly entertaining game played by the Crew in years.

 

More: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/04/13/crew13.ART_ART_04-13-08_C1_KE9TSB9.html?sid=101

 

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Crew 2, D.C. United 1

Washington, D.C.; Attendance: 13,329

 

• 90 minutes in one: Alejandro Moreno scored and forced an own goal to help the Crew to its third victory in four games. Columbus played a steady if unspectacular game. Bryan Namoff scored for United.

 

More: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/04/18/crew_18.ART_ART_04-18-08_C3_PG9VBOP.html?sid=101

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Good win last night for the crew. Sitting atop the east with 9 points in 4 games, i didnt really expect this good of a start. Hope they keep it up!

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Awesome game coverage from our hometown paper, uh, actually Canadian Press.


 

Alejandro Moreno's goal lifts Columbus Crew over Houston Dynamo

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alejandro Moreno scored and the Columbus Crew remained unbeaten at home this season with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.

 

More: http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5iZKsdWyaPCywLMBCJE0t2F7Pp6pQ

 

 

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Okay. Here's coverage from the Dispatch. Wait. This isn't about how great the Crew is playing this season...


 

Attendance a downer for Crew

Weather, schedule are factors in low numbers

 

By Shawn Mitchell

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

The last game the Crew played in Columbus Crew Stadium was a wildly entertaining 4-3 victory over Chivas USA on April 12. It was a buzz-building sort of game, a seesaw, action-packed affair that should have helped spread the word that the Crew, now 3-1, is off to its best start in years.

 

Read more: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/04/26/crew26.ART_ART_04-26-08_C1_D6A1MD4.html?sid=101

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They really should try to do more advertising in the SW Ohio markets. They need to sell themselves as Ohio's team. I can see a great ad of Browns versus Bengals, Reds vs. Indians and then at the end support great soccer that brings the state together, the Crew.

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Don't get me started on their advertising and promotions. Though, I can imagine a scenario where the Crew blows the doors off its ad budget and octuples the media buy and still only drags in another couple thousand. The biggest enemy of attendance is (native born) Americans' general apathy toward the sport.

 

You'd think the overwhelming popularity of organized youth soccer would translate into big interest for MLS, but it hasn't seemed to make a dent. I've heard criticisms of the US youth soccer method that, by being so intensely organized and competitive, it essentially drums all the fun out of the sport. I heartily agree. The only place I've ever seen a pick up soccer game in the park was back in Hamtramck and it was the Bosnian kids vs. the Polish kids.

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Good to finally see some success coming to the Crew.  If I know Columbus... that attendance will shoot up really quickly if they keep up their winning ways.

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Crew 0 - Toronto FC 0

Toronto coach rips into Schelotto

Crew midfielder's act wears thin on Carver in tie

Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 3:39 AM

 

TORONTO -- The Crew and Toronto FC played to a scoreless tie yesterday.  It was the Crew's grittiest effort of the season and a point earned in Major League Soccer's least hospitable stadium for visitors.

 

More: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/05/18/crew18.ART_ART_05-18-08_C1_ACA817H.html?sid=101

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Revolution 1 | Crew 0

One small misstep

Trip in 88th minute spoils well-played game, sends Crew to first home loss

Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 3:37 AM

By Shawn Mitchell, The Columbus Dispatch

 

A trip of New England midfielder Steve Ralston, ever so slight, had serious consequences for the Crew last night.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/05/25/crew25.ART_ART_05-25-08_C1_4LAA46P.html?sid=101

 

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THE GOOD NEWS:  The Columbus Crew attendance is up.

THE BAD NEWS:  The Kingfish's friends are too rowdy!  :wink:

 

Michael Arace commentary: Crew rowdies create great atmosphere, but let's not go too far

Monday, May 26, 2008 - 3:07 AM

By Michael Arace, The Columbus Dispatch

 

Prior to this season, Crew Stadium morphed from a soccer-specific stadium to a soccer-concert hybrid.  A huge stage sprouted, and it now looms like a spaceship behind the north goal, where the most ardent supporters used to sit.  These supporters, these gloriously loud and sudsy fans, had to move over to make room for Kid Rock and Dave Matthews, and they did not like it.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/05/26/arace26.ART_ART_05-26-08_C1_BTAA9SF.html?sid=101

 

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I for one am not a fan of the streamers being thrown onto the field, but i guess its something im going to have to get used to. But at the same time i hate this crap about making football stadiums "family friendly" places. Football supporters are a passionate fan base whod give the world for their club, and it shows in their support during the match. If you want a family friend setting take the kids to a baseball or basketball game where people all around wont even be in the game half the time. There is going to be swearing at these games, there is all over the world. That is whats wrong with the marketing and PR departments in MLS, they are trying to bring in the soccer moms and kids instead of going after the adult fan. Look at Toronto, DC, and Houston for prime examples of this. Those stadiums are electric and loud.....I do like what Columbus supporters groups are doing and i really hope to see it grow, from the games and videos ive seen so far this season that corner of the stadium looks awesome, hopefully you can get it to carry over into the surrouding sectios. Im currently trying to plan a trip from cleveland to come down and take in a game from the supporters section sometime soon, but working saturday nights its pretty hard to do.

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