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Respect Your Roots: The Making of a Massive Mural

By Chris Blain

I can barely remember a time when soccer and art didn’t dominate my entire life. When I was 5 years old, the announcement that Columbus, Ohio, would be awarded the first Major League Soccer franchise sent my household into a full-blown soccer frenzy. I’ve been attending matches since the Columbus Crew started their inaugural season in Ohio Stadium, and have continued supporting the team throughout my entire life. Continue reading Respect Your Roots: The Making of a Massive Mural

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MLS has not left Columbus behind in attendance

If you follow the debate about the Columbus Crew and its possible relocation to Austin, you’ll soon come across a skeptical viewpoint:

Columbus was a fine market when the league started, but now MLS has grown – and Columbus hasn’t kept pace.

It may be tempting to believe this, especially when the league and team ownership are circulating lists that have Crew SC near the bottom of the attendance rankings. But the data is more nuanced than that – and far more supportive of Columbus.

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Columbus beyond the Crew: 1991 exhibitions

Columbus has a pedigree as a soccer market that extends beyond the Crew or Major League Soccer.  Starting with the Columbus Magic in 1979, the capital city has played host to a number of teams and exhibitions over almost forty years. Taken together, these histories depict a city with a tradition of support for soccer – provided those putting on the games have appropriately prepared. This is part of an irregular series that explores the history of soccer in central Ohio.

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