The Massive Report travel budget didn't stretch to covering the Crew Reserves game against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, but there is certainly some things to take away from Ricardo Iribarren's lineup and the 3-2 loss in Montclair , NJ.
There were a few changes from Tuesday's win against Chicago. Bernardo Anor, Wil Trapp, and Aaron Schoenfeld started in place of Justin Meram, Tony Tchani, and Ryan Finley. Meram was missing from the proceedings as he tweeted he was back home enjoying Michigan's tournament success with the rest of the Meram clan. Tchani apparently made the bench, but didn't play. He took a serious shot to the head on Tuesday, and after initially shaking it off, he was subbed for Shawn Sloan.
Tchani's situation is confusing. He may have hoped to play in the game, but failed a late fitness check. He took quite a shot and that always leads to concussion tests. Flying can exacerbation the situation and after feeling good all week, he may have run into trouble on the trip out. Meram's absence is also a bit odd. He has been on the periphery of the 18 in recent weeks and his chief competition, Schoenfeld, Finley, and Finley all played. Perhaps this is another injury situation.
Matias Sanchez is still on the outside, looking in. He got another 74 minutes before being pulled when the Crew were two down heading late into the game. Barring injury, he's still likely the fourth option central midfield after Agustin Viana, Danny O'Rourke, and Tchani. After seeing him in limited action, he hasn't done anything wrong, just hasn't beaten out the starters.
Anor, likely playing left wing, got another 55 minutes as he tries to build fitness in his attempt to return to the first team rotation. He's still likely needing more time before he shows up in the 18. Trapp played the full 90. He was one of the most impressive players last Tuesday in Chicago so it's not a surprise that he gets the start. He'll likely struggle to get playing time with U-20 World Cup looming this summer, but he has serious talent.
Many were uncomfortable when Konrad Warzycha made the team this year, but he's been a couple steps above solid as an attacking midfielder. He's gotten two goals, but beyond that his movement on offense has been very good. Not sure if he's ready for the 18, but he's certainly earning his spot with the reserves.
Dan Withrow is the last Crew player yet to see action in a league or reserve match. He hasn't played as Matt Lampson has gotten all the reps.