Roster Decisions Loom As Season Opens

Kyle Hyland looks like he's made the team. - USA TODAY Sports

The Crew roster looks about set with less than a week to the opener.

The season opens on Saturday and the Crew are currently at 34 players on their preseason roster. The team will have to make four more cuts by Friday, March 1st to meet the roster compliance. Most of the spots are set, but there are a few battles at the periphery of the squad.

The Crew will carry three goalkeepers. Andy Gruenebaum and Matt Lampson are sure to make the team. The battle for third 'keeper is between draftee Daniel Withrow and trialist Samir Badr. It's all but certain that Withrow won the battle. Withrow was on the bench for the Urso Memorial match and Steven Goff announced Badr had been cut.

The Crew is thinnest on the back line. There are seven players on the depth chart and Kyle Hyland, Reed Matte, and Jordan Gafa competing for spots. Gafa and Matte haven't featured for the first of second team in preseason while Hyland has impressed the coaching staff and started the Urso match. Hyland is making the team.

The last couple spots up for grabs will be filled by midfielders. The team released the several trialists at striker earlier in preseason, including Sercan Güvenışık. The team brought in trialists Cody Calafiore and Konrad Warzycha to compete with draftee Shawn Sloan.

Warzycha has featured in most of the team's games this preseason and appears another good bet to make the team. The surprise is Shawn Sloan who was a gamble in the Supplemental Draft. He impressed Brian Bliss in a post season conference tournament and the Crew took a risk. He's kept hanging around and landed as a starter yesterday. He's likely sealed up the last roster spot.

Locks:

GK - Matt Lampson, Andy Gruenebaum

Defense - Tyson Wahl, Josh Williams, Glauber Berti, Eric Gehrig, Chad Marshall, Chad Barson, Drew Beckie

Midfield - Danny O'Rourke, Tony Tchani, Bernardo Anor, Matias Sanchez, Justin Meram, Dominic Oduro, Eddie Gaven, Ethan Finlay, Ben Speas, Wil Trapp, Kevan George, Agustin Viana,

Forwards - Ryan Finley, Aaron Horton, Federico Higuain, Jairo Arrieta, Aaron Schoenfeld

The Bubble:

In: Goalkeeper - Daniel Withrow, Defender - Kyle Hyland, Midfield - Konrad Warzycha, Shawn Sloan

Out: Reed Matte, Jordan Gafa, Cody Calafiore, Samir Badr

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