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Tuesday's Practice Pitch Updates with Berhalter Audio

The Crew were back to work on Tuesday after the disappointing 2-0 lost to the Impact over the weekend.

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The Columbus Crew's hot streak came to an end on Saturday with a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Impact so the Black and Gold were back at training on Tuesday morning.

After rain and lightning forced the Crew to end the session early, the team gathered inside to watch film before lifting.

Conversation with Gregg Berhalter

  • The Crew head coach was asked about treating the Montreal game as a blip on the radar. He said if you don't play a good game, you can lose to anyone in this league and said the Impact are not a team you must beat, pointing out they aren't bad at home. He said they analyze the tape and move on.
  • Berhalter was asked about Romain Gall's call up to the U.S.A. U-20 national team and said it was great. He said they think he's a young, dynamic player with a good future and this call up validates that.
  • After watching the tape of the game, Berhalter noticed the following things: the team could have played between Montreal's lines better, they could have moved the ball quicker, and the outside backs could have gotten forward more. He did like the attitude and that the Crew took the game to the Impact, especially early on.
  • Berhalter said they won't make any unforced changes for the next game (Wil Trapp and Tony Tchani are both suspended due to yellow card accumulation) as those players have earned the right to play on after one letdown.
  • Berhatler said the suspension to Trapp and Tchani may be a good time for other players to get a chance. He listed Kevan George, Daniel Paladini, and even Eric Gehrig as potential replacements in the midfield.
  • Asked if George will be a center back down the road, after going to the Dayton Dutch Lions on loan to learn the position, Berhalter said he thinks he can do both positions. He said the versatility helps him to stay on the team.
  • Berhalter said it's rest and refocusing for Trapp and Tchani.
  • Asked about ball movement, Berhalter said it prevents the opponent from getting organized and they let Montreal get organized too easily. He said it's going to be challenging playing against any team with eight players behind the ball, but to break it down you have to be in good positions and move the ball quickly.
  • After stating over the last few weeks that every game is a final, Berhalter was asked how they treat it now that they didn't get the result. He said they move on and learn from the game. "We've got 8 finals left and ideally we'd like to come out on top on more of them than less."
  • Berhalter was asked about the firings at Toronto FC and said he didn't want to comment too much on it. He said if Ryan Nelson had to be fired, he was glad it was Greg Vanney who replaced him, someone who Berhalter is familiar with from his playing days.
  • Berhalter said there wasn't much to update on the player acquisition front. "Working along."
  • Berhalter said Augustin Viana is still a couple of weeks away from fitness after a calf injury.