SAFE SPACE: For those who want to express Enjoyment about the 2015 Season AND the Cup Run.

Discussion in 'Columbus Crew SC' started by Belgrano, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. Belgrano

    Belgrano Member

    Mar 5, 2014
    Club:
    Columbus Crew


    I may be out of my mind for doing this in the current critical climate, but here it goes.

    I enjoyed this season. A lot. I think we proved a few things. We're one of the best teams in the league. We became one of the most exciting squads for a neutral to watch. We grew an identity. People seriously examined our players and our coach and pictured them leading the USMNT, and other national teams. We sold out lots of games and set attendance records. The rebrand has been a huge f*cking success. We won the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, we beat the hottest team in the league in Montreal. We beat the Supporter's Shield winners. We got to the final. And now, our players and fans have every reason to expect more good times ahead.

    Now a few days removed from Sunday, I feel good, goddamn it.

    So please, share something that made you happy about this past year, or something you're looking forward to with this team. Haters don't hate in the safe space.
     
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  2. 110toyourleft

    110toyourleft Member+

    Jan 27, 2007
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There were a couple of times that I rode my bike to and from the games. I blew by traffic upon exit (I heard traffic is bad getting out of the stadium, but that is a topic-non-grata for this thread), the warm summer winds keeping me cool as I pedaled home. It was great.
     
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  3. NUFC Fan

    NUFC Fan Member+

    Apr 8, 2007
    Cbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Awareness is up. Coworkers, family, random grocery employees, and teachers at my son's daycare asking about the team and playoffs.
     
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  4. the_rickler

    the_rickler Member+

    Feb 9, 2013
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Anyone click on this thread and think "I don't belong here"?
     
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  5. CrewV Man

    CrewV Man Member+

    Aug 18, 2011
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I can easily say that this season there were some truly awesome games. They are now in my top 10. 5-0 against DC, delicious. 3-2 over Seattle, beating the Fire in Bridgeview! Beating Montreal in AET. Beating NYRB. It was all so much fun.
    I still love the new logo and I am proud to wear it.
    I love this year's kits. I have never bought a jersey until after the season; this year I did.
    Loved talking to every guy on the team. Kei on Twitter is always hilarious.
    Speaking of Twitter Sorcerer Pipa and Fake Gregg Berhalter are great too.
    And finally win or lose there is no place I would rather be on a lovely summer evening than Crew Stadium watching the Crew.
     
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  6. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    As I was reading this, Radiohead came into my mind.

    But anyway, before the game, I was thinking as long as we didn't get blown out, I'd be proud of the situation. With very few exceptions, the season was a huge success. There were certainly some positive surprises, both on and off the field.
     
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  7. 110toyourleft

    110toyourleft Member+

    Jan 27, 2007
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not with that bullshit attitude you don't. More rainbows and butterflies please.
     
  8. KHT_Crew

    KHT_Crew Member+

    Mar 29, 2003
    Queen City, OH
    Is there a Safe Word?

    Good year, better than expected finish from where the season started. Good core established with younger players and great mid-year pickups that we will have (hopefully) for the full season next year.
     
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  9. the_rickler

    the_rickler Member+

    Feb 9, 2013
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Honestly this was a great season. I'm still sad about losing the cup at home. Who would have thought in July or August that we would be playing in the final?
     
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  10. Crewster

    Crewster Member+

    Jan 28, 2005
    Worthington
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Who would have thought, at just about any point in the season, that we would host the final?
     
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  11. Hamburgler03

    Hamburgler03 BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Anyone who is not happy with the season as a whole is an idiot.

    With moving to Atlanta:
    1. I got to see more games on tv than in a long time
    2. I am stopped routinely while wearing Crew gear down here with people not just recognizing that I have on something soccer related, but instantly know it's for the Crew. A lot of people passing me with "Go Crew"
    3. Some of the performances this year were the best I've ever seen the team play
    4. The entire playoff run until the final was spectacular
    5. Rule of 5
     
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  12. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yep, amazing season no doubt. I have complete faith in GB and AP going into next year. I certainly hope some roster moves are made and we don't stand still while everyone improves, but like I said, GB and AP have been legit so far. The last year alone, look at our new players:

    1) Kamara
    2) Cedrick
    3) Afful
    4) Sauro
    5) Saeid
    6) Jack Mac

    Yeah, we kinda got lucky that Mix decided not to come here (jesus f*cking christ what a massive bullet we dodged there haha) and Steiny turned out to be a bit of a dud, but no one is 100% perfect. Really looking forward to next season.

    On a personal note, next year will be year two for the wife and I being STHs. She didn't like soccer at all when we first met, typical American 'soccer is for pussys' type shit. But she slowly got into it, we'd make the drive from Dayton a couple of times a season to go to games. Then we moved up to Cbus in late 2014 and went to 4 or 5 games. She enjoyed it and suggested we get season tix.

    To see her transformation this year from, at best, casual Crew fan to a pretty loud supporter at games has been stunning. At the beginning of the year I said I'd love to have season tix in the Nordecke, she wasn't really down with that. By the end of the season, she wanted to renew our season tix, and move them from 103 to the Nordecke (which we did). She's a full-on chant screaming flag waving Crew (SC) supporter now. I seriously have four people/groups of people to thank for that:

    1) Gregg Berhalter
    2) Anthony Precourt
    3) The players (Pipa and Kei especially)
    4) The fans

    All of these people have made an absolutely amazing product to behold live at Mapfre (Crew) Stadium. Thank you to all of you, let's do it again next year!!
     
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  13. THOMA GOL

    THOMA GOL BigSoccer Supporter

    Yokohama F-Marinos
    Jul 16, 1999
    Paradise of the Pacific
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Unlike Bridgeview, and to be honest, several other MLS clubs, Columbus is doing a quality job running itself as a proper soccer club where results matter more. Upper echelon in the league's all-time regular season records. :thumbsup:
     
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  14. Robbo Crewfan

    Robbo Crewfan Member

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    Jan 21, 2007
    C-busite in Indiana
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This.

    Until maybe the last few minutes of the home playoff leg vs. the pink cows. But even then, there was that nagging thought of all those late '90's playoff heartbreaks and missing the final...
     
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  15. Draghignazzo

    Draghignazzo Member+

    Feb 24, 2007
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    The season was very frustrating until we solidified the back with Afful and Sauro and Trapp returned healthy. Watching beautiful attacking soccer be pissed away in the back was painful. But since the Summer transfers on it was a magical ride. Top 3 seasons all time for me, possibly second and I can't wait for 2016.
     
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  16. Nostradumass

    Nostradumass BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 5, 2007
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Bolded for truth. It's been a long time since I felt like the owner and the manager were strengths of the club, but that sure is true right now (at least until we lose a game in Florida in February).
     
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  17. CybrSlydr

    CybrSlydr Member+

    Jun 30, 2013
    Beverly, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The only real complaint I think I could level at 3G after this year is a perceived inflexibility/stubbornness when it comes to our formation. I really think MacInerney was under-utilized this year. It's nice to see that he's not the "unnecessary tinkerer" type constantly changing things around, but I still think when you land a talent like Jack, you find a way to work him in more.
     
  18. josiahp

    josiahp Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    No no no, you're doing it wrong. We're saying things we like, not things we don't like.

    I liked Meram defending better as the season went on. I think we have the two best fullbacks in the league. I can't wait for next year!
     
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  19. CybrSlydr

    CybrSlydr Member+

    Jun 30, 2013
    Beverly, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    D'oh... My bad. Habit and all that...
     
  20. TKyle

    TKyle Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    Dec 28, 2014
    Wuuuthington, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Echo of all of the above.
    I'd like to praise all of the great changes at the stadium. Dumping Sodexho and getting better concessions was a good move, but even better was bringing in the unique food vendors/trucks. Hot Chicken Takeaway, Schmidt's, the Falafel truck, the stir-fry noodle place behind Nordecke, etc.
    And the local beers. Great idea!
     
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  21. Draghignazzo

    Draghignazzo Member+

    Feb 24, 2007
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    The stir fry noodle place is hit or miss. Sometimes it's really good others it's undercooked and a salt lick, but they have Margaritas! That's my kind of fusion cuisine.:D
     
  22. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, they go a bit crazy with the soy sauce sometimes, seemed that way at the final.
     
  23. TKyle

    TKyle Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    Dec 28, 2014
    Wuuuthington, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hey, knock it off with the negativity. This is supposed to be a positive thread!:D
     
  24. Draghignazzo

    Draghignazzo Member+

    Feb 24, 2007
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    That was not negative. It was a poignant observation. I also said it can be really good and they serve margs.
     

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