Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Fans Just Waiting for What's Next

Columbus continues her directly downward trajectory after last weekends loss to last place Colorado Rapids. It's hard to describe how bad the situation is for the Crew this year. They are 2nd to last in goals for and have lost 8 of their last 9.

There is something in MLS worse than a bad run of results, however. And that's lack of interest. In my 10 years covering the team, I've never seen it this low. Fans aren't mad, or sad, or anything. There's some hangover from last year, but after picking our heads up after this last embarrassing loss what we see now is an empty void in all directions. Fans not giving a shit also means that casuals are probably completely checked out. As summer approaches, the stadium will look better as far as butts in seats, but it is always that way win, lose or draw.

2.27Los Angeles FC15104136112534
1.92Houston Dynamo127232013723
1.86Seattle Sounders FC147522417726
1.79LA Galaxy148151917225
1.71Philadelphia Union147342415924
1.67DC United157441914525
1.62Minnesota United136342118321
1.58New York City FC124711613319
1.54Atlanta United136251411320
1.50New York Red Bulls146352116521
1.46Real Salt Lake136162021-119
1.40Montreal Impact156361723-621
1.31Toronto FC135262322117
1.31San Jose Earthquakes135262024-417
1.29FC Dallas145361819-118
1.21Chicago Fire144552118317
1.17Portland Timbers124261723-614
1.17Sporting Kansas City123542322114
1.13Vancouver Whitecaps154561619-317
1.07Orlando City144371921-215
1.07Columbus Crew155191422-816
0.87New England Revolution153481532-1713
0.79FC Cincinnati143291125-1411
0.62Colorado Rapids132292032-128

Crew fans just seem to be waiting on what's next. Nobody really seems to care if Caleb Porter should be canned or not. That's probably the best way to look at it because the team's front office likely does not have the resources to fire and hire right now.

Let's call it a sort of "Crew Purgatory." The team sucks, they are deconstructing the roster at the moment and there's no news on the proposed stadium (that the Haslem's claimed would have shovels in the ground, like, now, when they were blowing smoke up #savethecrew butts last year).

Major League Soccer is specifically designed for this sort of run by a team TO NOT happen. Yet it is happening at the most inopportune time for the team. All they had to be is competent. The lowest bar possible for a team coming off two strong seasons and bringing back most of the same players.

What I get is that there is a lot of rebuilding inside the organization. While I don't think there was any sort of purposeful sabotage by Anthony Precourt and friends leaving town, I do feel it's becoming clear that there isn't a lot of urgency by the new group to fill that hole. The Haslem's are likely busy with NFL goings on and the incredible resurgence of the Browns and Dr. Pete Edwards, self-proclaimed steward of the team, seems to be more a crossbreed Frankie Hejduk and Morgan Hughes on social media than anybody in operations.

Crew fans don't know what's next (besides losing). Another misstep in a decade of missteps. Hopefully, that changes soon.

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