De-Branding the Crew

On Saturday, the Columbus Crew benefitted from a pair of own goals to pick up a big win. That was on the field. Off the field, the club was preparing to launch an epic own-goal of its own and take a big loss, as word leaked out about a disastrous rebrand that would remove the … Continue reading De-Branding the Crew

Through Josh’s Eyes: Lucas Zelarayan

LUCAS ZELARAYANAge at MLS Cup: 28Hometown: Cordoba, Argentina 2020 IN ALL COMPETITIONSGames: 21Starts: 17Minutes: 1515Goals: 8Assists: 9 In 2017, Crew fans were told by a now-former owner that they needed to respect his ambition. In 2020, the Crew's new ownership group took a different approach by actually demonstrating honorable ambition. They took a quick break … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Lucas Zelarayan

Through Josh’s Eyes: Gyasi Zardes

GYASI ZARDESAge at MLS Cup: 29Hometown: Hawthorne, CA 2020 IN ALL COMPETITIONSGames: 26Starts: 25Minutes: 2183Goals: 15Assists: 5 Gyasi Zardes accomplished a lot in 2020. With his 12 regular season goals in the COVID-shortened season, he became the first player in Crew history to lead the club in goals scored on three separate occasions, doing so … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Gyasi Zardes

Through Josh’s Eyes: Vito Wormgoor

VITO WORMGOORAge at MLS Cup: 32Hometown: Leersum, Netherlands 2020 IN ALL COMPETITIONSGames: 2Starts: 2Minutes: 107Goals: 0Assists: 0 On March 1, 2020, Vito Wormgoor took the field in Columbus in his expected starting role as Jonathan Mensah's center back partner. He played a terrific game as the Crew beat New York City FC 1-0, despite Vito … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Vito Wormgoor

Through Josh’s Eyes: Milton Valenzuela

MILTON VALENZUELAAge at MLS Cup: 22Hometown: Rosario, Argentina 2020 IN ALL COMPETITIONSGames: 24Starts: 22Minutes: 1902Goals: 0Assists: 3 After missing the entire 2019 season due to ACL surgery, the Crew's young left back rebounded spectacularly in 2020. Like 2008 left back Gino Padula and I joked in December, the common ingredients for a Crew MLS Cup … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Milton Valenzuela

Through Josh’s Eyes: Andrew Tarbell

ANDREW TARBELLAge at MLS Cup: 27Hometown: Mandeville, LA 2020 IN ALL COMPETITIONSGames: 10Starts: 9Minutes: 859Record: 5-3-1Goals Against Avg: 0.73Shutouts: 4 It's not often that a backup goalkeeper has a such a crucial on-field role for a championship team, but Andrew Tarbell rose to the occasion. When Eloy Room missed time during the season with an … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Andrew Tarbell

Through Josh’s Eyes: Pedro Santos

PEDRO SANTOSAge at MLS Cup: 32Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal 2020 IN ALL COMPETITIONSGames: 26Starts: 26Minutes: 2231Goals: 8Assists: 8 Pedro Santos signed with the Crew in August of 2017 as Designated Player, but it was in 2019 that he took his game to another level. That year, he scored 11 goals and added 6 assists, becoming the … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Pedro Santos

Through Josh’s Eyes: Eloy Room

ELOY ROOMAge at MLS Cup: 31Hometown: Nijmegen, Netherlands 2020 IN ALL COMPETITIONSGames: 19Starts: 19Minutes: 1691Record: 11-3-5Goals Against Avg: 0.90Shutouts: 8 Eloy Room first appeared on Crew fans' radar during his string of heroic performances in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup with Curacao. He seemed like an exciting candidate to fill the void left by Zack … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Eloy Room

Through Josh’s Eyes: Krisztian Nemeth

KRISZTIAN NEMETHAge at MLS Cup: 31Hometown: Gyor, Hungary ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 5Starts: 2Minutes: 193Goals: 1Assists: 0 Krisztian Nemeth had a uniquely brisk journey on the Crew's 2020 championship timeline. He signed on October 5. He debuted on October 24. He scored an 84th minute game-winner against Philadelphia on November 1. He became an MLS … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Krisztian Nemeth

Through Josh’s Eyes: Darlington Nagbe

DARLINGTON NAGBEAge at MLS Cup: 30Hometown: Lakewood, OH ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 19Starts: 18Minutes: 1574Goals: 2Assists: 1 This sums up Darlington Nagbe pretty well: University of Akron? Championship. Portland Timbers? Championship. Atlanta United? Championship. Columbus Crew? Championship. In three of those four instances (all but Atlanta), he won the title with Caleb Porter as his … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Darlington Nagbe