MLS Cup 2020: Crew Alumni Reactions, Pt 3

As I work on more pieces, here's yet another batch of alumni call/text/email reactions to the Crew's three-goal destruction of the defending champion Seattle Sounders. Some of these are edited down from much longer conversations. ROBERT WARZYCHA (1996-2002, assistant coach 2002-2008, head coach 2005, 2009-2013) "The Crew really played well. Zelarayan was great. He’s always … Continue reading MLS Cup 2020: Crew Alumni Reactions, Pt 3

MLS Cup 2020: People I’m Happy Were There– Andy Zartman

Instead of wallowing over the fact that I could not attend MLS Cup 2020 for multiple important reasons, I have turned part of my focus toward telling the stories of some of the people I am happy could be there in person. First up was Savannah Bee, and her tale of Crew fandom which had … Continue reading MLS Cup 2020: People I’m Happy Were There– Andy Zartman

MLS Cup 2020: Crew Alumni Reactions, Pt. 2

Another batch of alumni reactions from all the calls, texts, and emails that followed the Crew's 3-0 stomping of the Seattle Sounders in MLS Cup 2020. Some of these are condensed versions of much longer conversations. TONY TCHANI (2011-2017) "I think it was a good game and the boys played well. I couldn’t have been … Continue reading MLS Cup 2020: Crew Alumni Reactions, Pt. 2

Crew’s Woes Familiar…But Possibly Legendary

When the shocking news broke Thursday evening that the Columbus Crew would be without the services of top-tier contributors Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos due to positive COVID-19 tests, many Ohio sports fans surely experienced a heavy dose of déjà vu. Sure, the specific circumstance of their absences is unique to these strange pandemic times, … Continue reading Crew’s Woes Familiar…But Possibly Legendary

A Crew Win Would Be Great for the Present…and the Past

Today’s Eastern Conference Final between the Columbus Crew and New England Revolution highlights an interesting dichotomy. Professional athletes need to have short memories. They focus on the task at hand, which is of the utmost importance to them. Fans, meanwhile, have long, institutional memories. For them, games may have years of additional emotional meaning beyond … Continue reading A Crew Win Would Be Great for the Present…and the Past

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