Columbus Crew is ready for liftoff!

Excitement for the 2016 Columbus Crew SC Season Builds

The Columbus Crew SC start off their 2016 campaign today at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) on ESPN against the heartbreakers of the Portland Timbers. After a devastating loss in the 2015 MLS Cup, this rematch should be a good one. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this season!

“New” Designated Player Kei Kamara

I’m excited to have not only a healthy but happy Kamara on the squad. After holding out for the money he deserves for being last year’s co-lead goal scorer in the league with 22 goals. Can lightning strike twice? I sure hope Kamara can have a repeat performing year, the more heart-shaped hands, the better.

A Strong Core

Wil Trapp and Ethan Finlay along with Federico Higuain, Tony Tchani and Justin Meram will make for a strong midfield and front line. New names like Ola Kamara (yep, we now have two, unrelated Kamaras) and Emil Larsen will help round out the already solid returning roster.

The defense is the biggest question mark to me, with Michael Parkhurst leading the way. I think if we can get a solid and consistent backline, it will make for a fun season!

So, what happened in pre-season? A lot of ties and one loss. What does it all mean? There are a million things you could gather from the pre-season, but I always think it’s best to see how the actual season goes.

Jersey Drama

Another announcement that had everyone up in arms was the new away kit announcement. What do you think? 

The Atmosphere

I’m excited to get back to MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus! This is my fourth season as a season ticket holder and I’m ready to find my place among the multiple supporters groups! The diversity makes for an interesting Nordecke experience. A new supporters section, Capital Side Columbus, has also popped up this year.

Columbus Crew SC at Portland Timbers

I’m hoping for a good game. Portland will definitely have the atmosphere on its side for this match. I’m looking for a solid game from the midfield and especially Kamara with his new motivation.

As excited as I am for the kick-off of the season, I’m ready for the home opener next Saturday against the Philadelphia Union.

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