The Columbus Crew, mainly their reserves, fell 2-1 to Indy Eleven in a scrimmage on Tuesday afternoon. The manager, Gregg Berhalter, took time after the friendly contest to talk to the media. Here is what he had to say.
- Berhalter was asked about the performance of Emanuel Pogatetz, who played for 60 minutes in the scrimmage. He said his leadership and communication were all there, but he's still a little rusty and is still working on his fitness.
- He said they wanted to push Pogatetz's minutes today. Before the game the staff was hoping between 45-60 and they got 60, which is a good sign. Berhalter said it was also good to help him learn how the team plays. He said they will evaluate him the rest of this week but the center back could be in position to play this weekend.
- Of Josh Williams who played for the first time in months, Berhalter said it was a positive performance. He said it will be a big boost to the team if he comes back.
- Berhalter said Crew Academy player Ben Swanson did well, as well as the other Academy players. He pointed out the midfield in the second half had a 15-year old, two 17-year olds, and a 19-year old and was excited about the future there.
- Berhalter said they are right in line with their expectations with Swanson. He said they want to figure out the right way to develop him. It's a conversation with his parents about what's the best for him. He will be training with the team indefinitely. He said he's someone who could contribute in the short term.
- Berhalter joked that Kelechi Iheanacho, who is training with the team until he can return to Manchester City when he turns 18, was questionable with a hamstring injury. That's why he didn't play in this scrimmage. Kelechi worked on the other field with a trainer throughout the game, while keeping an eye on the match.