2018 Season Roster Thread

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  1. kgilbert78

    kgilbert78 Member+

    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    United States
    Dec 28, 2006
    Cowlumbus, OH
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, but that's gotta be a bucket list item for almost any player.... Congrats to him, no matter the score.

    Heck, I'd have given almost anything to play one second for a pro team.... Had to settle for scoring two goals at Crew Stadium in one of those jersey auction deals.
     
  2. TrueCrew

    TrueCrew Member+

    Dec 22, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Opoku should be playing. Haven't sighted Martinez in a while either.

    I will say what I said earlier: our wing olay is so dreadful we should play 352. If the wings are Afful & Valenzuela, we lose nothing offensively. And at least Mullins gets on the field.

    Of course, Abubakar has been terrible of late. Mensah, Sauro, Williams could work.
     
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  3. zman31

    zman31 Member+

    May 5, 1999
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The fact that we play a 4-2-3-1 and none of us have any confidence in any of the guys that could play the 2 attacking wide positions at this stage of the season is damning.
     
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  4. DOGSO

    DOGSO Member

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    Jan 24, 2018
    Columbus, OH
    Pretty sure Opoku has been, or was, out with a lower leg injury. Not sure the time frame for return.
     
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  5. kgilbert78

    kgilbert78 Member+

    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    United States
    Dec 28, 2006
    Cowlumbus, OH
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In a side note to the Williams article, the Dispatch reported that Abubakar has gotten his green card.
     
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  6. POdinCowtown

    POdinCowtown Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 15, 2002
    Columbus
    Good timing for him.
     
  7. SLSHOT01

    SLSHOT01 Member

    Columbus
    United States
    Oct 26, 2017
    Galion, Ohio
    Hopefully he gets he brain back now too. He's had a bit of a rough patch when it comes to decision making and positioning at the back lately.
     
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  8. Flyer Fan

    Flyer Fan Member+

    Apr 18, 1999
    Columbus, OH
    I saw yesterday that Steffen was nominated for the goalkeeper of the year award, which is cool. And then I saw the early part of the article: "Columbus Crew SC Goalkeeper Zack Steffen has been nominated for the Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year award, alongside 20 fellow MLS goalkeepers." That just made me laugh. There are 23 teams, but 21 goalkeepers nominated for this award. I suspect Orlando City's goalkeeper is one of the missing two.
     
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  9. zman31

    zman31 Member+

    May 5, 1999
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Did you play goalkeeper for an MLS team this year? Yes
    Did you start more than half your team's games? Yes

    You're nominated!
     
  10. hungariansteven

    May 29, 2012
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    I play goalie for a men's over-thirty rec league. Do I get nominated for this award?
     
  11. Flyer Fan

    Flyer Fan Member+

    Apr 18, 1999
    Columbus, OH
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  12. hardhead

    hardhead Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 19, 2008
    NEO
    Club:
    Columbus Crew


    Grella likely out for the rest of the season.
     
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  13. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Oh no.
     
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  14. Draghignazzo

    Draghignazzo Member+

    Feb 24, 2007
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Surgery performed by future boss. Strange times indeed.
     
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  15. puttputtfc

    puttputtfc Member+

    Sep 7, 1999
    I'm curious to see what that bill would look like.
     
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  16. hungariansteven

    May 29, 2012
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    "I'm sorry, but it appears Dr. Edwards is out of network now"
     
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  17. TRUJDUB

    TRUJDUB Member

    Nov 22, 2015
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    After we win tomorrow and crash out of the playoffs, this offseason will be critical. Hopefully things become official and our new owner/s make some major moves.

    I want a aggressive Atlanta United approach
     
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  18. TrueCrew

    TrueCrew Member+

    Dec 22, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So, the question then becomes, whom to protect & whom not?

    Auto protect = 2. Crognale (HG), Opoku (GA).

    No brainers = 3. Steffen, Trapp, Zardes.
    Near locks = 3. Mensah (I), Afful, Valenzuela (I).
    Likely = 1. Artur (I).

    After that, it gets tricky pretty fast. Does Pipa play another year? Is Meram worth keeping? Abubakar? Sauro on a discount? What about handy vets like Williams, Jimenez, & Clark? Mullins? Sosa? Argudo? Do not see anyone beyond those 10 as even a potential keeper.

    Personally, I think we need an offensive makeover.
     
  19. TrueCrew

    TrueCrew Member+

    Dec 22, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    By my count, we now have:

    Only 6 international players; Mensah, Santos, Valenzuela, Artur, Sosa, Martinez.

    Green cards: Pipa, Afful, Sauro, Abubakar.
     
  20. puttputtfc

    puttputtfc Member+

    Sep 7, 1999
    We are an expansion team so we draft from other rosters. Duh.
     
  21. hungariansteven

    May 29, 2012
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew

    I disagree with Mensah. Not because he hasn't played great this year, but because I have a hard time seeing an expansion team picking up a CB who makes 800k a year. And if they do pick him, it is a position of the most depth we have.

    It's just Cincy jumping in for 2019, With their additions, I doubt they would take pipa for 1 year. I wouldn't protect him. I would also leave Santos and pray he gets taken.

    So, Trapp, Zardes, Steffen, Milton, Afful, Abubakar, J9, Niko, Mullins, Artur, Sosa
     
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  22. zman31

    zman31 Member+

    May 5, 1999
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You're thinking along the same lines as I am.

    I protect: Steffen, Trapp, Meram (half sentimental, half because he has value), Valenzuela, Zardes, Sosa, and Argudo. Crognale and Opoku auto protect if I understand the rules.

    I'd dare a team to take Mensah, Santos or Pipa. Throw in your favorite of the un-protected guys to make up the numbers. It really doesn't matter. I've said before, in the past it's been easy to name the full list and have 2 guys you'd love to protect dangling in the wind. This year, i can barely find 6 guys I'd be glad to see back next year.
     
  23. jairadballerina

    jairadballerina Member+

    Sep 15, 2004
    C-Town
    Any of our guys have No Trade clauses? I thought there was a rule in the past where they have to be auto protected.
     
  24. hungariansteven

    May 29, 2012
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Correct
     
  25. SLSHOT01

    SLSHOT01 Member

    Columbus
    United States
    Oct 26, 2017
    Galion, Ohio
    Including Steffen on this list depends on what his future plans are. As one of our lower paid players, he is due a massive new contact or a trip back to Europe.

    If he wants to stay in the states we should meet whatever salary demands he might have for sure, and protect him.

    If he wants to go to Europe, don't waste a protection slot on him.

    Possibly the most important thing in this process though... Who gets to choose who to protect? An outgoing coach? An outgoing owner? A prospective owner that hasn't closed the deal yet?
     

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