Seven Crew loanees were available to Dayton Dutch Lions FC when the USL PRO side opened its season on Sunday night against the New York Red Bulls Reserves. All but one made it onto the pitch. It was of little use. All of Berhalter's horses and all of Berhalter's men couldn't help Dayton win. The Red Bulls Reserves charged over the Dutch Lions by a final score of 3-0 at Red Bull Arena. This is a summary of what the Crew players did "down on the farm."
Ryan Finley (F) - Finley started at center forward in the Dutch Lions' 4-3-3 formation. The boys in orange had a difficult time getting the ball to him in space, and Finley was having a rough go trying to create for himself. A decent left-footed attempt at the top of the box late in the first half was deflected high and wide. Finley came off in the 64th minute.
Kevan George (D) - He played the full 90 at left center back and was largely unimpressive. A gaffe in the first half should have led to match's opening goal, but the RBNY attacker couldn't finish. The second goal of the match did come when Marius Obekop slipped a through ball between George and Shane Smith to Eric Stevenson, who buried the ball into the top of the net. George's mark was able to head home the third goal on a corner kick.
Aaron Schoenfeld (F) - Schoenfeld came on in the 53rd minute. He had a couple of touches at the beginning of his shift, then he mostly disappeared. A heavy touch in the box ended a promising chance for the Dutch Lions to get on the board. Shoenfeld picked up a caution in the 88th minute.
Matt Walker (M) - It was surprising to see him in the match because he's been nursing an injury, but Walker was a spark off the bench in the 64th minute. He had the best chance of the night, finding some space in the right side of the box. He tried to beat the keeper to the far post, but the shot went just wide.
Kingsley Baiden (M) - Baiden entered the match in the 64th minute. He was issued a caution in the 74th minute for a dangerous tackle from behind. It was the most memorable part of his performance.
Ross Friedman (D) - He played the final 20 minutes of the match at right back and was not forced to demonstrate his ability as a defender. Friedman did push up and involve himself in the attack, which is something the technical staff at Dayton likes to see.
Brad Stuver (GK) - Stuver was available, but was held out in favor of Matt Williams. Dutch Lions Head Coach Sid van Druenen speaks highly of Stuver's ability to play the position, but is uncomfortable with the chemistry that has yet to develop between he and his teammates in Dayton.
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