Crew Beat Toronto to Open Disney Pro Soccer Classic

Al Messerschmidt

A Glauber goal gives the Crew a 1-0 win.

The Crew secured a 1-0 win in preseason action over Toronto FC today behind a Glauber headed goal. The win takes the team's record to 3-1-0.

Columbus put out a strong starting lineup. With the first game less than a month away, Robert Warzcha continue to build fitness and penciled in the strongest squad avalable. Federico Higuain captained a side that included new signings Dominic Oduro, Matias Sanchez, Glauber, and Agustin Viana.

The Crew looked solid in the opening minutes. The Sanchez/Viana central midfield helped maintain possession and strung quite a few passes together. The back line held Toronto at bay, but thier inexperience together showed as Glauber, Viana, and Sanchez were forced into fouling in dangerous spots.

The offense quite as dynamic as last year's yet, but there are some bright spots. Higuain is quickly becoming a leader of the team. He recorded an assist on a corner, but he also worked well with both Ben Speas and Oduro on both wings and dropped back to pick up the ball. He's in mid season form.

Speas also showed promise that 2013 might be his breakout year. He's has much more awareness on both defense and offense. He still will float in and out of games, but he's seizing the opportunity to earn the starting nod at left back.

The Crew will be at full strength when they face off against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday. Jairo Arrieta missed the game due to his call up with the Costa Rican National team, but has already joined the team in Orlando. Eddie Gaven will be arriving early next week after the birth of his second child.

Presason results don't necisarily translate into regular season form, but it was another solid result. The first choice defense hasn't allowed a goal and the new signings have three more games to get to know each other. The full squad will be together on Monday and no one has gotten hurt. It's about all that can be expected.

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