Monday, August 12, 2019

MLS Table, Crew

Columbus is on their best run since the first few weeks of the season after a draw with Cincinnati last weekend. In their last six games, they have managed 9 points. 11 other teams are on a better run. While that still isn't great, it does put them back in "hey we are average" range, verses "we are hot garbage."

2.29Los Angeles FC24174365254055
1.73Philadelphia Union26136748381045
1.68Atlanta United25133943301342
1.65New York City FC23108541311038
1.63Seattle Sounders FC2411673834439
1.58Minnesota United2411584235738
1.58San Jose Earthquakes2411584136538
1.54LA Galaxy24121113136-537
1.54Real Salt Lake2411493532337
1.50DC United2610973432239
1.48New York Red Bulls25114104338537
1.48Portland Timbers2310493834434
1.44FC Dallas2510693631536
1.36New England Revolution259793744-734
1.32Toronto FC2596103941-233
1.27Montreal Impact26103133647-1133
1.20Orlando City2586113334-130
1.20Houston Dynamo2593133541-630
1.17Sporting Kansas City2477103743-628
1.15Chicago Fire2679103837130
1.08Colorado Rapids2475124149-826
1.00Columbus Crew2675142739-1226
0.92Vancouver Whitecaps2659122645-1924
0.72FC Cincinnati2553172557-3218

Obviously, with just 8 games remaining, the playoffs are out of reach. I expect the rest of the season will be pushing for a positive "the team is improving" narrative that helps grease the rails for season tickets next year.

It's going to be a hard sell, in my opinion. Wherever I work, I tend to be the "soccer guy." My latest job (well, most of my jobs) has me working with a very large group (think 100s). There are casual sports fans that might go to a game or two as well as "Ohio sports guy" that is curious.

They are not enthusiastic about buying a ticket.

Something that popped up in a conversation recently that happens quite a bit is the "quality" aspect of the game. Anyone that has a passing interest in the sport mentions how it looks like high school (or rec league).

Last weekend's game was a terrible advertisement for MLS/Columbus Crew. The game was not good! It's funny and perhaps ironic that the biggest criticism I hear about going to Crew games is the level of play and not the stadium experience. In my decade of writing about this team and being the token "soccer guy" at work, nobody with passing interest in the Crew has ever been critical of the stadium or experience.

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