Thursday, May 16, 2019

Poster Attic!




Our poster site is still growing and I even added an original Crew illustration. I may add more in the future, we'll see.

For the time being the focus of this little eCommerce site is the following:

1. American Art (Colonial - late 19th century)
2. Early Christian Art (as early as I can find)
3. Original Works (mostly created by myself and my wife)

I have some late 19th century European in there as well, but that is basically where the focus is. The goal is to keep it very simple, tight and all about discovery. If that little voice in your head says "hey that's pretty cool," then I'm happy.

The site is in a kind of beta. If you have any questions, you can email me at info@posterattic.com.

Finally, if you are a little uncomfortable buying from a new, month old site - head on over to our eBay store where you can find over 400+ positive reviews and customer feedback. All the products on Poster Attic are there as well.

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Here are a few recent additions to the original art category:

Monday, May 13, 2019

Crew Realities Setting In

Now that the season is about 1/3 of the way in we can take a step back now as the fog of the early season has lifted. In some regards, it is a little more fun than in the past because there are more teams and therefore it is easier to say "well, this team is great and this team sucks" with a little more certainty than when there are fewer teams.

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PPGTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts
2.25Los Angeles FC128312982127
2.11Houston Dynamo96121710719
2.00Seattle Sounders FC116412013722
1.92Philadelphia Union1272323121123
1.92DC United127231711623
1.83LA Galaxy127141816222
1.70Atlanta United10523128417
1.64New York City FC114611512318
1.60Toronto FC105142217516
1.55FC Dallas115241614217
1.54Montreal Impact136251519-420
1.36Minnesota United114341918115
1.33Chicago Fire124441913616
1.27New York Red Bulls114251614214
1.23Columbus Crew135171218-616
1.18Real Salt Lake114161520-513
1.09Orlando City113351317-412
1.09Vancouver Whitecaps113351114-312
1.00San Jose Earthquakes113261422-811
1.00Portland Timbers103161321-810
1.00Sporting Kansas City102441919010
0.92FC Cincinnati123271018-811
0.85New England Rev.133281431-1711
0.18Colorado Rapids110291630-142

With that, let's get to...

CREW REALITIES

1. LAFC has a really good team. Despite the post-game comments by Crew HC Caleb Porter saying the team is improving and were in it, they were not. LA was on the road, didn't have much trouble scoring the opening goal and sort of just held serve until Columbus rolled over and LA dropped another couple goals on them.

2. PORTER ADRIFT
It's pretty clear that Porter came into the season wanted to play a similar style as Gregg Berhalter. And guess what? It worked! A strong start to the season was the result. The problem with what Berhalter did is that it takes constant care and getting buy-in from players. AKA hard work and a fair higher understanding of the game, which comes from experience (particularly outside of MLS). Porter doesn't have that. So once a couple losses came he decided to switch it up and go his own way. More direct and using speed (the signing of MLS speedster vet David Accam) to get behind defenders. To each his own - and Porter has a right to do whatever he wants as coach, but the league has moved on from this type of play. He'll nab one here and there, but it is not sustainable over a season. Meaning; Mid-to-low table finish.

3. NO GOALS
Crew are 2nd to last in goal scoring out of 24 teams. Only Cincy is behind them. Again, Porter seems to be working on some masterplan that apparently takes 6 losses out of 7 games, but there is no excuse, absolutely none, to be this low in the league. Also, look at NYCFC as an example of switching things over. They stayed disciplined - it was a rough start to the season but we see the fruits of that labor now.


Finally, I know I'm beating up on Porter this season. I've never met him personally and I'm sure he's a good guy. The community is small here so if people are voicing displeasure from dark corners of the city he probably hears it. That said - something isn't quite right. Even when at Portland and he won a Cup it was there. This sort of thing manifests itself in public ways. You could see it when he couldn't get the U-23's to the Olympics (losing to Canada and then not being able to beat El Salvador) and then when he purposely went after Bayern in an All-Star Game (so bad Pep refused to shake his hand afterward) and again when he abruptly left Portland with no other options and in the same year he signed a new long term deal with the team.

It's possible he marches to the beat of his own drummer. He's had great success in coaching. At Akron and in Portland, so he knows how to win. Just something doesn't feel right in Columbus. Who knows, maybe he gets a player or two this summer and they turn it around.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

FC Cincy Dismiss Coach

Alan Koch has been let go after just 11 games into FC Cincinnati's 1st MLS season. President and general manager Jeff Berding said in a team release:

“After a series of recent issues and a team culture that had deteriorated, we determined that it’s time to make a change to return a club-centered focus to the team... We have not come close to maximizing the talent we have in the dressing room this year, nor have we seen a foundation being built that will set us up for success this year and into next year."

There are precisely 2 things to pull out of this statement.

1. CLUB-CENTERED
I believe Cincy is sensitive to the fact that they gave up everything neat about having a soccer team in order to have the "privilege" of playing in MLS. Summed up here:



2. MAXIMIZING TALENT
FC Cincy's roster is not very good. At the start of the season, I had their starting XI ranked 10th in the East (only above Chicago Fire and Orlando) with an average bench. Right now they are about where I expected them to be, sitting at 11/12 in the East.

The Eastern Conference is filled with some very average teams this year, but I don't think it is all that unreasonable to think anything better than last is a pretty good bar to get over with this roster.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Five In a Row, Lost

Columbus dropped yet another on Saturday night to bring their string of games lost in a row to five. It could get worse before it gets better as two strong LA teams head to town this week.

On the overall table, the Crew are now 15th and have the second-worst goal scoring rate in the league, which Caleb Porter seems to be doing nothing about.

It is looking very likely that this streak could reach 7 games before this time next week, so look out for some new stadium news or something to that effect to lift fan's spirits.

One last thought here is that I do believe that the team should be looking past Porter at this point. Not just the results, but it's just not clicking right. Gregg Berhalter is the new standard in Columbus. When he was brought in you could feel the energy as well as some team togetherness. With Porter, things are... like leftovers. At the start of the season, they heated up okay in the microwave but might need to be tossed out now.

This isn't to say Porter is a bad coach. Sometimes it's just not a good fit or situation.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

...and another Crew loss


We are at four in a row here in Columbus. Not a common feat for this team. It's never happened in the "modern" era of MLS - meaning, not in the last ten years.

Apparently, this forced a 1.5-hour "leadership council" meeting earlier this week. Caleb Porter might not be on any sort of hot seat within the organization, but he is on my hot seat. It's just not clicking in Columbus.

Among other things, and outside the abysmal last month, when interviewed by the Columbus Dispatch and asked who is on the leadership council he said that it was "top secret." It's not though. With the roster still remarkably similar to last year, we can just go back to the council Gregg Berhalter openly listed.

Here's seven of them:

Ricardo Clark
Zack Steffen
Hector Jimenez
Federico Higuain
Wil Trapp
Josh Williams
Jonathan Mensah

Who knows number eight, Meram maybe. What difference does it make and why would it be top secret info to anyone over the age of 10 years old. Regardless, having over a third of your roster tripping over each other on some sort of 5th century BC Greek Council is nuts, man.

Anyhow, Crew are now officially bottom half. Outside of 2016, you have to go back to Robert Warzycha years to get 1.30 points per game with a negative goal difference of nearly half what the team has scored.


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PPGTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts
2.44LA Galaxy9711158722
2.30Los Angeles FC107212681823
2.29Houston Dynamo7511158716
2.00Seattle Sounders FC95311812618
1.89FC Dallas9522149517
1.86Toronto FC74121913613
1.70Philadelphia Union105231510517
1.70DC United105231310317
1.70Montreal Impact105231214-217
1.56Minnesota United94231815314
1.33Orlando City93331314-112
1.33New York City FC92611112-112
1.30Columbus Crew10415811-313
1.25Sporting Kansas City82421915410
1.14Atlanta United722368-28
1.11Real Salt Lake93151116-510
1.00Chicago Fire92341213-19
1.00New York Red Bulls82249908
0.89San Jose Earthquakes92251219-78
0.88Portland Timbers82151119-87
0.80FC Cincinnati10226816-88
0.80New England Rev.102261019-98
0.67Vancouver Whitecaps9135712-56
0.22Colorado Rapids90271224-122