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Thursday's Practice Pitch Updates

With only two days left before the Crew take to the field again at Columbus Crew Stadium, the Black and Gold were continuing their preparation for the New York Red Bulls.

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The Columbus Crew headed to their home stadium for practice today in preparation for Saturday's home clash with the New York Red Bulls.

Practice was winding down as the media entered, with players working on little things on their own or having a bit of fun. Several players were playing soccer tennis, while the goalkeepers worked on the placement of their kicks and the like.

Conversation with Gregg Berhalter

  • Asked about the Red Bulls' 4-0 win over the Houston Dynamo, Berhalter said it was a great performance, calling it one of the stronger performances of the year by any team in the league. He said they will analyze the game and give a scouting report to the players.
  • In terms of what has changed for New York, who didn't register a win their first six games, Berhalter said their attacking movement was good in the Houston game. He believes they are coming together a little bit more now.
  • Berhalter said he doesn't think it's in the Red Bulls' DNA to come in and bunker like previous opponents at Columbus Crew Stadium. He called them an attacking oriented team and believes the match could be great if both teams look to play.
  • When asked about being in the midst of playing four Eastern Conference opponents, Berhalter said all Eastern Conference games are big games, six points games. He said they are attempting to set their mark in the Eastern Conference even though it won't be easy.
  • Berhalter called making a decision on the lineup, with Bernardo Anor missing through suspension, difficult. He said they will find the right solution and that players are itching for playing time. He called it a chance to give guys minutes when they want them.
  • In terms of Dominic Oduro out wide, Berhalter said he thinks he can absolutely do that job. He called him a smart and dynamic player who can contribute in a good way regardless of whether he is up top or out wide.