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Tuesday Practice Pitch Updates: Wright-Phillips, Losses, Home Leg

It's game week for Crew SC with the Eastern Conference Final beginning on Sunday.

After the off weekend and Monday off the Columbus Crew SC players and coaches were back out at the EAS Training Center in Obetz on Tuesday morning.

It appeared to be a good and intense training session as the players were determined to put in the work to be ready for the New York Red Bulls Sunday evening. Those that aren't away on international duty worked in a small-sided game as the media entered the compound.

Once training was finished, head coach Gregg Berhalter spoke with the reporters on hand.

Conversation with Berhalter

  • On the Red Bulls, Berhalter called them a good team. He pointed out the obvious when saying they were the Supporter's Shield winners and the best team in Major League Soccer this year. Admitted it will be difficult for Crew SC.
  • Asked about New York's high press, Berhalter said it's being patient to break it down and varying what you do a little bit.
  • Berhalter said the game in New York in early October, a 2-1 loss, was a good learning experience and said it prepared the team for the remainder of the regular season.
  • The approach will not really change for the Black & Gold with the first leg at home in this series. Berhalter said the objectives are clear and the team knows what it has to do.
  • Berhalter wouldn't say if Crew SC would throw numbers forward if the team was tied late in the first leg. Said the team is pretty confident that they score on the road, but said they'll have to see.
  • The head coach was asked about the difference between the Montreal Impact's Didier Drogba and the Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips. He said Drogba is a very physical player and is handful that way. Said Wright-Phillips' movement is exceptional and that's something the team has to be aware of. They are watching film all week on the New York striker.
  • Berhalter said all the players that are away for international duty should be back by Thursday. He was asked if that's enough time with the full group and said it's going to have to be. "This is part of soccer. We're not the only club in the world going through this right now,"