By Zachaery Hatcher, Founding Partner of 3-1-Crew Chicago
When I moved to Chicago in 2013, I assumed the city was big enough that a club or group already existed for every imaginable interest. It’s not uncommon to see Ohio State and Ohio University apparel around my neighborhood, so I was surprised and disappointed to find myself watching Columbus Crew SC games alone at a bar. It was not until the 2014 playoffs that, after watching yet another game by myself in the back room of a bar, I noticed a fellow Crew fan had been watching the same game with his mostly disinterested roommate in the front room. I approached the two friends, introduced myself, and with a handshake, 3-1-Crew was born. I’m happy to say we’ve come a long way since, and we’ve learned valuable lessons along the way. Continue reading Easy as 1, Crew, 3: Start a Supporters Group in Your City
By Zach Klein
On December 28, 2018, the City of Columbus and State of Ohio filed to dismiss our lawsuit against MLS and Anthony Precourt to make way for new ownership to take control of the Columbus Crew. But it was a long journey to get there for myself and our legal team.
After supporting the #SaveTheCrew movement in its earliest days as Columbus City Council President, I realized I was in a unique position to do so much more when I became the City Attorney in January 2018. And we picked up the fight right away in the City Attorney’s Office. Continue reading My #SaveTheCrew Journey – Zach
The official ownership kickoff happened Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at an event in downtown Columbus with MLS commissioner Don Garber, Columbus civic and business leaders, and both the Edwards and Haslam families from our new, locally-based Crew ownership group. Some of us were there and it was very special to see our community efforts pay off with an all-new Columbus Crew that’s built on our special history and features deep Ohio roots.
It’s an inspiring time to be a Columbus Crew fan and this is poised to be a season-long celebration of the hard work that our entire community put in—hard work that now puts us in a better position than ever to be the model MLS team. Continue reading Bright New Day
You are one of the 12,330.
You are a renewer.
You took a few years off.
You are a first time season ticket member.
You are infectiously excited.
You are joyfully passionate.
You are so radiantly warm that the winter’s cold doesn’t even get past your beaming smile.
You can’t wait to tell everyone you know.
The Crew can’t wait to see you at Mapfre Stadium on March 2, 2019.
Continue reading Fulfilling our Pledges
SAVE THE CREW TRANSFERS SEASON TICKET PLEDGE INFORMATION TO COLUMBUS CREW FRONT OFFICE
Columbus, Ohio — Today, Save The Crew began a new era of partnership with the front office of the Columbus Crew by transferring our final, carefully vetted Project 2019 season ticket pledge list to new ownership. Continue reading Save The Crew Transfers Season Ticket Pledge Information to Columbus Crew Front Office
By Jo Rodgers
On our first visit to the Van Buren Shelter, the very first task we were given was to slice hams. A bunch of hams. We were told to cut the slices nice and evenly, about ¼” thick. It sounds simple, but you should have seen our slices. A few were beautiful; most were a lopsided parallelogram of meat. Ms. Nadine told us that the shelter desperately needed a slicer, and obviously we agreed, but that it was simply not a priority item in their budget. Continue reading A Slice of Nadine’s Crew
COLUMBUS CREW SAVED AS DEDICATED FANS MAKE HISTORY
Columbus, OH — This is a story that will be passed down for generations. Today will be forever remembered in the lore of the Columbus Crew as the day that Columbus stepped up and #SavedTheCrew.
With local team ownership, the Crew is tied to Columbus forever. With Dr. Edwards a part of our Crew family from the beginning, we welcome the extended Haslam and Edwards families to our Crew family. Continue reading Columbus Crew Saved as Dedicated Fans Make History
WEEKLY RECAP: COMMUNITY UPDATE
Save The Crew Updates
Judge Brown’s ruling
The show must go on! The PSV/MLS motion to dismiss was denied. Judge Brown released over 50-pages explaining his reasoning and stated, “planting oneself in the seats of the sports team’s home venue imbeds a common root that unites and sprouts a forest of fans growing from the same soil” [#RespectYourRoots #SaveTheCrew]. The next phase in the case is the discovery phase. However, with a sale close, it is likely that the course of the case will change soon. Continue reading Weekly Recap 12/12/18
Editor’s Note: We received permission to share a special thank you on the blog from Tasha Ryals, coach of KIPP Columbus Soccer. Thank all of you who helped KIPP Columbus and Hilltonia Middle School achieve their goals as some of our 2018 #CommunityAssist partnerships. Also be sure to get your items to the Holiday Donation Drive by December 6. More details are at the bottom of this post. Continue reading Community Assist : Kickin It With High School Soccer
WEEKLY RECAP: COMMUNITY UPDATE
Save The Crew Updates
Columbus Crew Player News
The Crew exercised the contract options on eight players from the 2018 roster and reached a new contract agreement with defender Lalas Abubakar. The Crew exercised the options of goalkeepers Jon Kempin and Ben Lungaard; defenders Alex Crognale, Connor Maloney, Gaston Sauro and Josh Williams; and midfielders Luis Argudo and Niko Hansen. The team continues to work with Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys to complete a deal for defender Milton Valenzuela. Unfortunately, the club declined options on goalkeeper Logan Ketterer; midfielders Ricardo Clark, Mike Grella and Cristian Martinez; and forward Adam Jahn. They will all be missed. In addition Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen seems all but certain to complete a move to Manchester City, and may even be loaned elsewhere for the 2019 campaign. Continue reading Weekly Recap 11/28/18