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Got five minutes? Brief yourself on the latest Crew news.

American Soccer’s Forthcoming Clash for the Future

Former USMNT leading scorer and San Jose Clash star Eric Wynalda is a candidate for USSF (United States Soccer Federation) President not because he wants to, but because he feels like he has to. His words. At a National Soccer Town Hall held at the Fawcett Center this past Sunday evening moderated by former player and current soccer writer Jon Townsend, Mr. Wynalda demonstrated his deep proficiency of the American soccer system with insightful ideas and anecdotes for the youth game, officiating, promoting our women’s stellar soccer teams and the multi-faceted professional game here and, equally important, abroad. His views connected on a personal, relatable level that made me (and surely others) feel like, for the first time, a major power broker of U.S. Soccer could be “one of us.” On the paramount Columbus Crew relocation issue, Mr. Wynalda, sporting a gifted #SaveTheCrew scarf from an audience member, said a sit-down with Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt and MLS Commissioner Don Garber “might be my first meeting” to applause throughout the auditorium. His words, at this point, seem like the right ones to lead American soccer to a promising future as the pivotal USSF presidential election looms on Feb. 10 in Orlando.

Crew SC Moves (NOT That One)

Columbus Crew SC has signed Eduardo Sosa, a 21-year-old Venezuelan midfielder, and speculation is that Señor Sosa will join Columbus to learn from and then succeed the 33-year-old Argentine maestro in the middle Federico Higuaín. And as rumors swirl of star players Ola Kamara and Justin Meram reportedly expressing interest in leaving the team, perhaps this South American youngster arriving in central Ohio is the fresh spark the Crew SC needs to reclaim control on the pitch.

Awesome News Alert: A locally sponsored #SaveTheCrew jersey will be arriving (no specific date given) to help ease the indecision of many fans who want to support the team, yet are torn between purchasing the team’s new black kit and not wanting to put any merchandise dollars into Anthony Precourt’s pockets. This news was announced at the State of the Crew event this past Saturday hosted at the Land Grant Brewing Company and attended by leaders and members of the aforementioned movement. Ladies and gentlemen, the battle to keep the Crew in Columbus is proving to have no off-season, which is the reality of all true soccer cities, of which Columbus is and forever will be.

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Moderator and Senior Writer at These Football Times Jon Townsend (left) and former USMNT forward and USSF presidential candidate Eric Wynalda (right) wearing a #SaveTheCrew scarf given to him by an audience member during the Q&A at National Soccer Town Hall at the Fawcett Center

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Columbus is a frontrunner to host return of the NHL in proposed plan

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With some teams telling players to report for workouts on May 15, the future of the current NHL season is still anything but certain. For now, it seems hockey commissioner Gary Bettman is eyeing a a plan to finish out regular season play by centralizing games at four locations. According to a report from the New York Post, Columbus and the facilities at Nationwide Arena are among the frontrunners being considered to host one of these proposed "quadrants," should the NHL resume play this summer.

Hockey blog thehockeywriters.com offers a deep-dive into the many factors that have put Columbus on the short list of candidates for this modified NHL season, including the abundance of hotels in the area of Nationwide Arena, the more-than-adequate facilities of the arena itself, and the encouragingly low number of Covid cases in Franklin County.

While it's still way, way too early to say whether or not this plan will move forward, it's encouraging nonetheless to see Columbus recognized as a frontrunner for the return of national televised sports. Just don't count on sitting in the stands with 80k of your fellow fans anytime soon.

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Memorial Tourney gets mid-summer date but will fans be allowed?

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It may be a little early to break out the polo shirt and comfy walking shoes, but the good news is that one the city's most visible sporting events will be held this year after all. The big question remains: will Gov. DeWine allow fans to attend?

Thursday, the PGA Tour announced The Memorial Tournament will play the week of July 13-19 at Muirfield Village Golf Club and feature an increased field from 120 to 144 players. The invitational’s one-time expanded field size allowance will provide additional playing opportunities for touring professionals in light of the TOUR’s reduced schedule.

“This is an unprecedented time in our world, as well as the world of sports,” said Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus. “I can’t emphasize enough the message related to doing your part by social distancing and helping our nation and world by slowing this pandemic. But while we all need to come together and be strong, we also need to be understanding and flexible."

Recognizing Governor DeWine’s Ohio Stay at Home order and public gatherings ban guidelines currently in place, the Memorial will proceed with an understanding that its operation may require alterations. The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide will continue to offer patron badges, enhanced with a special offer that includes honoring original presale badge rates – starting at $185 for a weekly patron badge – and a complimentary $20 merchandise card (limit one per order, per household) redeemable at all on-site golf shops during Tournament week.

The Tournament plans to monitor the State of Ohio COVID-19 regulations and will employ changes relative to patron access if needed. If it is determined that the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide will be staged without patrons, a full refund policy will be implemented.

“This has been a couple months we would soon like to forget, but hopefully we can make this a summer to remember," added Nicklaus.

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Goodbye Yellow and Black? Columbus Crew could change name

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With the announcement of the new downtown stadium in the post-"Save the Crew" era, the future of Columbus Crew SC seemed secure.

Now, a report from The Dispatch is once against casting doubt on the club's continued existence—at least in its current form. According to "sources close to the Crew’s front office," management is giving serious thought to changing the team name, colors, and logo by the time the new stadium opens in the summer of 2021.

For commentary on the situation, including a statement from a team spokesperson, read the full rundown at The Dispatch.

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