The Crew have returned to the practice field after a short break since crashing out of the U.S. Open Cup to Dayton. A new face has joined the ranks and others are getting back to full health. Jairo Arrieta arrived in town late last week and was unvield during Saturday's Crew Fest event for season ticket holders.
Arrieta is in camp and training, but won't be avalable to the Crew until the transfer window opens on June 27th. The team says he will be ready to play on July 8th when the team heads to Montreal.
Chad Marshall, Ben Speas, and Milovan Mirosevic are all in some stage of recovery, with Speas and Mirosevic at full speed in practice. Both will be avalable for selection when the team returns to action on June 16th.
The big news is Marshall's clearance to resume training activities. Marshall has been concussion symptom free for over a week and was cleared by the doctors for the next step of his recovery, getting his heart rate up and trying to keep symptom free.
The MLS concussion guide is very specific about returning to action after a head injury like Marshall's. The doctors will be monitoring any changes or reoccurrence of telltale concussion symptoms.
The team also told MLSSoccer.com's Craig Merz that Aaron Schoenfeld will be ready within 3 weeks.
Some players are still struggling to return. Rich Balchan's sports hernia surgeries still haven't cleared up all of his issues and he's facing an even longer layoff. Kirk Urso and Danny O'Rourke aren't training yet and Shaun Francis is still working to recover from his ankle injury suffered against Dayton.
The three week league break is probably a week or two too long for the Crew, but they certainly can use the time to get healthy. The injury list will be considerably shorter when the team takes the field on June 16th against New England. They also get a chance to bring in a summer signing and give him two full weeks to train with the team.
If there is a bright side to a big break in the midst of a hot streak, getting a break after a grueling May would be it.