The MLS off season has allowed fans time to relax and recharge from a grueling and stressful campaign. Including some extra curricular activity that is occurring in Central Ohio, but don’t be fooled.
I remember my first Columbus Crew game. I played for a small recreational team in Parkersburg, WV, and our coach arranged for us to travel to Ohio Stadium to watch the Columbus Crew play the New York/New Jersey Metro Stars.
On Christmas Day, Real Salt Lake blog RSL Soapbox gave Columbus Crew SC fans a heartfelt gift. Writer Wirtjo Von Leonard penned a love letter to Crew SC fans expressing support for the #SaveTheCrew movement. In his letter, Von Leonard talks about his connection to Central Ohio, and the importance of what a club means to a city.
On Thursday afternoon, #SaveTheCrew spokesmen Morgan Hughes spoke with the BBC World Service. He answered many questions about the history of the team and what supporters are doing to save Major League Soccer’s first club after investor/operator Anthony Precourt announced his intentions to move the club to Austin, Texas, barring the construction of a downtown stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Let’s get one thing perfectly clear, the people of Austin have never been our enemies. They are caught in the crossfire between a big private “single entity” system and devoted fans of Major League Soccer’s original club.
Editor’s note: Welcome to another addition of “Massive Memoirs.” Recently, we asked for help from our Spanish speaking community for this next piece. The response from fans was overwhelming, but we were led to Janelle Henderson and her husband Jorge.
This love letter to the “Yellow Soccer Team” is written in Spanish and followed by an English translation.
One thing is for certain, love for the Columbus Crew knows no bounds.
Last week, video journalist Sean Kelly announced he was in the process of producing a #SaveTheCrew documentary with the help of Ball Street media.
“The film will tell the fans’ stories of following The Crew from its creation in 1994, and the ups and downs that come with a total devotion to your club,” said Kelly in a letter to Save The Crew.
Since its inception, the Save The Crew campaign has been a total team effort. It can be tough to keep everyone in line with so many moving parts, but the campaign has forged ahead to create many memorable moments.
Another moment comes to us from Columbus, OH and Jenny and Mark Lundine. Their 8 and 10 year old children looked for a way to make an impact, so they took to social media. The children hope to sell as many Save The Crew yard signs as they can to aid the campaign.
It seems like Natalie has a great career in marketing ahead of her!
— Jennifer (@jplundine) November 9, 2017
As the producer of #SaveTheCrew: The Fans v The System, I would like to take a moment to let all soccer fans know what to expect of this documentary when it is released on Wednesday December 6 (we’re not sure at what time, we’re still finishing it!).
The October 17 revelation that a founder member and cornerstone of Major League Soccer history was in danger of being relocated out of state is a travesty for fans of The Crew and for soccer fans generally. As I am currently resident in Columbus, I saw the emotions play out in real life and in real time.