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Twitter Reacts: 2018 Supporter’s Summit

Supporters and front office met for the first time to discuss the state of Crew SC.

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When a club is eliminated from the playoffs it allows fans and players a chance to decompress and unwind from a long season. This hasn’t been the case for Columbus Crew SC.

It’s been a long and frustrating offseason ever since Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl leaked a story in mid-October that Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt was looking into relocating the club to Austin, Texas in 2019.

Since that announcement there have been several developments.

A documentary about Crew SC was released, a grassroots campaign was born in #SaveTheCrew, and several businesses stepped up to support the cause of keeping soccer in Central Ohio.

On Monday evening, fans had the opportunity to speak with sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter and President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane at the annual Supporter’s Summit.

The attendance for the event was limited to 200 participants and all of the tickets were claimed in approximately 15 minutes. The supporter’s groups requested the meeting be relocated to allow for a bigger crowd. That request was reportedly denied by the front office to keep the event consistent with previous seasons.

Supporters took to social media to inform those who weren’t fortunate enough to get a seat in the meeting what was going on.

Things started off well as supporter’s caught up after the offseason. The various supporters groups of Crew SC announced they were unifying and selling a single Nordecke membership, rather than various singular memberships. This was a huge development, but many awaited the Q&A with Loughnane and Berhalter.

Some fans remained optimistic about re-opening the lines of communication with the Crew SC front office.

Fans engaged with President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane and proceedings began to degenerate.

Regardless of the proceedings fans can agree they still have to cheer for the Black & Gold.

Berhalter and his team are looking forward to seeing fans pack MAPFRE Stadium on March 10 against Montreal and want to feel a home-field advantage.