A Berry, Berry Interesting #HellisReal

Friday’s Crew game against FC Cincinnati was poised to be either Seventh Heaven or the Seventh Circle of Hell. Entering the match on a six-game losing streak, it was imperative that the defending MLS Cup champions, playing in front of their home crowd in their new stadium, proved to themselves and to the world that … Continue reading A Berry, Berry Interesting #HellisReal

UPDATE: More Warzycha Free Kicks Unearthed

One of the perils of doing reconstructive research is that you might not catch everything on the first pass. Such research is often iterative, laying the groundwork for other researchers to fill in the gaps. Such is the case with my middle-of-the-night research on Robert Warzycha's unofficial free kick goal totals since the league did … Continue reading UPDATE: More Warzycha Free Kicks Unearthed

Mr. Numbers Nerd: Crew Comebacks from 2-0 on the Road

Hi. This is going to be very to the point as it is already after 1:00am and I have to get up early tomorrow. But Friday's 2-2 #HellisReal draw in Cincinnati after falling behind 2-0 was only the seventh time in club history the Columbus Crew salvaged at least a point when falling behind 2-0 … Continue reading Mr. Numbers Nerd: Crew Comebacks from 2-0 on the Road

Legendary Lucas and His Big Apple Brilliance

It’s been a few hours and I still can’t process what I witnessed. After Eloy Room made some incredible saves to keep the Columbus Crew alive, Lucas Zelarayan stole the show, single-footedly flipping a one-goal deficit to a one-goal victory with a pair of late free kick goals. New York City FC, poised to claim … Continue reading Legendary Lucas and His Big Apple Brilliance

Hardest and Easiest Paths to MLS Cup Glory

With the Crew, Covid-willing, set to face the New England Revolution in Sunday’s Eastern Conference Final, it dawned on me that Columbus will have faced the conference’s number six, seven, and eight seeds on their way to a potential MLS Cup berth. All three teams finished at 1.39 points per game in 2020. It made … Continue reading Hardest and Easiest Paths to MLS Cup Glory

Crew and Indians: Something From Nothing

In this surreal sports summer, which, among other things, has featured Columbus Blue Jackets playoff games in August, there has been an uncanny convergence with my two traditional summer sports teams. Both the Columbus Crew and Cleveland Indians sit in first place with the best defenses in their respective leagues. For the Crew and the … Continue reading Crew and Indians: Something From Nothing

Dueling 61s: A Look at Warzycha & Higuian

On Saturday night, Federico Higuain tied Robert Warzycha's Columbus Crew record for career assists in league play, so in addition to the story I wrote, I thought it would be fun to jointly celebrate the two Crew legends by looking at their shared record while it is still shared.First, some basics. WARZYCHAHIGUAINAssists6161First assist9/22/1996 at TB(Paul Caligiuri) 8/19/2012 … Continue reading Dueling 61s: A Look at Warzycha & Higuian