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

Through Josh’s Eyes: Aidan Morris

AIDAN MORRISAge at MLS Cup: 19Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 11Starts: 3Minutes: 450Goals: 0Assists: 1 The homegrown Crew Academy product and last-minute starting MLS Cup midfielder has already been mentioned prominently when Josh spoke about the lead-up to the MLS Cup 2020 and then when he walked us through the game itself. … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Aidan Morris

Through Josh’s Eyes: Youness Mokhtar

YOUNESS MOKHTARAge at MLS Cup: 29Hometown: Utrecht, Netherlands ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 19Starts: 10Minutes: 805Goals: 3Assists: 1 After signing with the Crew in the summer of 2019, Youness gave the Crew another skillful winger who liked to cut inside, much in the way that Pedro Santos does. In 2020, the Crew offset that pair of … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Youness Mokhtar

Through Josh’s Eyes: Jonathan Mensah

JONATHAN MENSAHAge at MLS Cup: 30Hometown: Prampram, Ghana ALL COMPETITIONS IN 2020:Games: 28Starts: 28Minutes: 2550Goals: 0Assists: 1 The Crew signed Mensah as a designated player in 2017, by which time he had already appeared in two World Cups for Ghana, including the Black Stars' run to the quarterfinals in 2010 Mensah's early performances in Columbus … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Jonathan Mensah

Through Josh’s Eyes: Grant Lillard

GRANT LILLARDAge at MLS Cup: 25Hometown: Hinsdale, IL A former homegrown player of the Chicago Fire, the Crew acquired Lillard in a mid-August trade with Miami. The 6'4" centerback didn't make any appearances for the Black & Gold in 2020, and as Josh will point out, the transition to a new team/city in the middle … Continue reading Through Josh’s Eyes: Grant Lillard