2020 Regular Season Expectation Poll

Discussion in 'Columbus Crew SC' started by Big J 0526, Jan 13, 2020.

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Where will the Crew finish in the standings after the season is complete?

This poll will close on Feb 29, 2020 at 1:56 PM.
  1. Crew win the Supporters Shield!!!

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Crew finish 1st in the East but do not win the Supporters Shield

    0 vote(s)
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  3. Crew finish 2nd in the East

    11.6%
  4. Crew finish 3rd or 4th in the East and secure at least one home playoff game

    60.5%
  5. Crew finish 5th, 6th or 7th in the East, making the playoffs

    27.9%
  6. Crew finish outside of the playoffs (Doooooooom)

    0 vote(s)
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  7. Crew win the Queso McDouchenozzle Wooden Spoon Award

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  1. Big J 0526

    Big J 0526 Member+

    Columbus Crew SC
    United States
    Sep 8, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Self explanatory. I think we would all agree our expectations are higher than last year, when just having a team was good enough.
     
  2. Hamburgler03

    Hamburgler03 BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Before I answer, is this counting toward the Grouchy (tm) points or is this just some side show poll?
     
  3. Big J 0526

    Big J 0526 Member+

    Columbus Crew SC
    United States
    Sep 8, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    its a little disrespectful to call it a side show, but no it does not apply to grouchy points
     
  4. Ch(Elsey)

    Ch(Elsey) Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    May 2, 2003
    Green, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am going to wait to give my non-expert and purely speculative opinion once we get closer to the season.
     
  5. KHT_Crew

    KHT_Crew Member+

    Mar 29, 2003
    Queen City, OH
    Then why even have a poll?

    Crew Lose By 2.

    Too many new pieces not to have the 'need to gel' period early on. Still scared about how the team's potency would drop if Zardes picks up any kind of injury. Not thinking we will threaten for Supporters Shield but hopefully get into the playoffs comfortably.
     
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  6. TRUJDUB

    TRUJDUB Member+

    Nov 22, 2015
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    As of now i see us in the 5-7 spot but after the preseason maybe I’ll change my mind but i think anyone voting 3-4 or up is being extremely generous
     
  7. POdinCowtown

    POdinCowtown Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 15, 2002
    Columbus
    I voted 3rd or 4th. Drinking the kool aid.

    I agree it depends on Zardes staying healthy but we were a good team the last third of 2018 and adding Zelarayan should help considerably.
     
  8. hangthadj

    hangthadj Member+

    A.S. Roma
    Mar 27, 2001
    Beacon, NY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    All I've read is that we have had a stellar offseason, we have new owners, and we were a top team in the league once we had all the players available.

    Yet I am in the vast minority saying we'll finish higher than third.

    Cowards. Keyboard commandos. Paper tigers. All of you.

    Embarrassing.
     
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  9. kgilbert78

    kgilbert78 Member+

    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    United States
    Dec 28, 2006
    Cowlumbus, OH
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Guess I'd rather be pleasantly surprised rather than massively disappointed.
     
  10. KCbus

    KCbus Moderator
    Staff Member

    United States
    Nov 26, 2000
    Reynoldsburg, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I went with 5th.

    I like us on paper. But we’ve made enough changes that you have to wonder about chemistry. How well will things work, and how long will it take to get there?

    Plus, NYC, Atlanta and Toronto haven’t switched to the Western Conference, and they’re pretty good.
     
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  11. AC30

    AC30 Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    Columbus OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    I predict we will make the playoffs.
     
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  12. Ch(Elsey)

    Ch(Elsey) Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    May 2, 2003
    Green, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    When do they stop being called new owners?
     
  13. TRUJDUB

    TRUJDUB Member+

    Nov 22, 2015
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    2022 perhaps
     
  14. TRUJDUB

    TRUJDUB Member+

    Nov 22, 2015
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Clearly there is something in the kool aid perhaps Bez added some Canadian Mist
     
  15. hangthadj

    hangthadj Member+

    A.S. Roma
    Mar 27, 2001
    Beacon, NY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    I'm hopeful this is the season they can be upgraded to "moderately successful ownership group."
     
  16. KHT_Crew

    KHT_Crew Member+

    Mar 29, 2003
    Queen City, OH
    It's because you are a romantic and a dreamer until the rubber hits the road when the season actually starts up so we can see what this team looks like on the field. Then the bloom is off the rose...

    And I am surprised that you are thinking higher than third given that the one major position, head coach, is not changed from last year.

    The start of the season will say a lot or be excused a lot... We start with the top team from the East in 2019 before playing #2 West 2019 (and 2019 MLS Cup champions), #3 West 2019, Nashville, and the other 2019 MLS Cup finalist (Toronto). These new players will be tested early so hopefully we get a good look at who they are.
     
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  17. hangthadj

    hangthadj Member+

    A.S. Roma
    Mar 27, 2001
    Beacon, NY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    I am a romantic, thanks for noticing.

    I think NYCFC takes a pretty significant step back next year. Atlanta is what they are, but without Nagbe, and we match up well with them. And I don't expect great leaps forward from Toronto, Philly, DC, or Red Bulls. The chance for a significant leap in the standings is there.

    The nice thing about that difficult start to the season is we also have 4 of the first 6 at home. Hit the ground running.
     
  18. Ch(Elsey)

    Ch(Elsey) Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    May 2, 2003
    Green, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Now that is the ol’ hang we know and love.
     
  19. hangthadj

    hangthadj Member+

    A.S. Roma
    Mar 27, 2001
    Beacon, NY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    The classics never die.
     
  20. TRUJDUB

    TRUJDUB Member+

    Nov 22, 2015
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    I think we might start fast like we did last year myself. What they need to do is be consistent and play better with squad rotation , hopefully avoid the injury plague of 2019 and have a lil more hunger. I think last year when things went bad we lacked a on field leadership that the entire team bought into. This team hopefully has a new attitude and perspective .
     
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  21. Big J 0526

    Big J 0526 Member+

    Columbus Crew SC
    United States
    Sep 8, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    the general of the sunshine brigade hath spoken!
     
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  22. hungariansteven

    hungariansteven Member+

    May 29, 2012
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    I predict we make the playoffs and perform better in the postseason than our playoff seed indicates.
     
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  23. Ch(Elsey)

    Ch(Elsey) Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    May 2, 2003
    Green, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Still a proud rider of the Zardes Hype Train.
     
  24. BigStern

    BigStern Member

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    Oct 2, 2018
    Columbus by way of Lima
    I was tempted to vote a 3rd/4th place finish but until I hear some stories about chemistry in Training Camp or see it for myself in the Tucson Cup matches, I'm going to stick in the 5th through 7th range. An improvement to be sure but I think there will be room for growth. I like Steven's prediction of making the playoffs and outperforming the seed.

    And I think this poll will provide an interesting look at the initial BS mood until we all blow our Grouchy Points by drinking the koolaid made by the 2020 Tucson Cup Champs. We appear to be a tentative group for now.
     
  25. Minnman

    Minnman Member+

    Feb 11, 2000
    Columbus, OH, USA
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Just for kicks, this was the line-up from our last pre-season match vs. FCC last February:

    Steffen
    Jimenez Mensah Sauro Francis
    Trapp Artur
    Santos Higuain Meram
    Zardes

    Afful came in for Jimenez in the 61st minute.
    Robinho came in for Meram in the 75th.

    Obviously losing Valenzuela in pre-season was huge. In any event, that was pretty much our best 11 (or 13; swapping in Afful as a starter and using Jimenez as a sub). A common third sub would probably be Williams. Our bench was pathetic.

    I know that we have a lot of unknowns this year. But the new guys have some pretty decent (some far more than decent) pedigrees, and reputations for being productive professional footballers. And we have legitimate competition at many positions. In general, it's hard to argue that we're anything but vastly improved over where we were 12 months ago. I'll be a bit anxious until I get an update on Valenzuela's status. Still, this roster is world's better than it was going into 2019.
     
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