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Crew SC defeat London United 7-0 in IMG tournament preseason action

The competition wasn't stiff and Crew SC took advantage.

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Columbus Crew SC defeated London United 7-0. Kei Kamara and Hernan Grana lead the way with two goals a piece. The obviously overmatched London United provided little resistance as Crew SC rolled to six first half goals. The team added another in the second half to complete the walkover. United was a late addition to the tournament. It's a collection of unsigned players.

Without a feed or highlights and a weak opponent, it's tough to tease out how players performed, but there were a few things of note. Gregg Berhalter again mixed the lineups. The team played the standard 4-2-3-1 according to the @ColumbusCrewSC twitter feed, with mass substitutions at halftime.

Hector Jimenez now has appeared at center midfield, right midfield, and attacking midfield through three games. Ben Speas moved wide right after playing twice in the Higuain role over the weekend.

Grana continues to get a long runout at right back. Chris Klute looks to face an uphill battle to win the starting spot. He's been playing left back the last two games. Emanuel Pogatetz returned to the lineup after sitting out against Austin. He's expected to lock down the starting center back spot and missing a game raised a few eyebrows.

Sagi Lev-Ari made his first preseason appearance. Every player on the roster has now seen some playing time. Steve Clark and Kristinn Steindorsson were rested after playing the first two games. Romain Gall and Adam Bedell have only played once in the three games Crew SC has played. Ben Swanson has played one of the two he's been available.

The lineup with 1st and second half splits:

Goalkeeper: Brad Stuver / Matt Lampson
Right Back: Hernan Grana (57') / Chad Barson (33)
R. Center Back: Sergio Campbell / Kaylen Ryden
L. Center Back: Emanuel Pogatetz / Tyson Wahl
Left Back: Chris Klute / Waylon Francis
R. Center Mid: Tony Tchani / Wil Trapp
L. Center Mid: Kevan George / Mohammed Saeid
Right Winger: Ethan Finlay / Ben Speas
Attacking Mid: Federico Higuain / Hector Jimenez
Left Winger: Justin Meram / Sagi Lev-Ari
Forward: Kei Kamara / Aaron Schoenfeld

3' Crew SC (1-0) Kamara
19' Crew SC (2-0) Finlay
21' Crew SC (3-0) Grana
31' Crew SC (4-0) Kamara
36' Crew SC (5-0) Grana
45' Crew SC (6-0) Klute
83' Crew SC (7-0) Lev-Ari

Through three games, Grana leads all players with 147 minutes played. He got an extended runout today, likely due to his upcoming absence to attend to the birth of his child according to Adam Jardy. With Sagi Lev-Ari's appearance, the entire roster has now seen time on the field. The full minutes played list is below.

Name Total Minutes v. FCD v. Austin v. London Utd.
Hernan Grana 147 45 45 57
Ben Speas 135 45 45 45
Chris Klute 135 45 45 45
Ethan Finlay 135 45 45 45
Federico Higuain 135 45 45 45
Hector Jimenez 135 45 45 45
Justin Meram 135 45 45 45
Kaylen Ryden 135 45 45 45
Kei Kamara 135 45 45 45
Mohammed Saeid 135 45 45 45
Tony Tchani 135 45 45 45
Tyson Wahl 135 45 45 45
Waylon Francis 135 45 45 45
Chad Barson 123 45 45 33
Michael Parkhurst 107 45 62 0
Aaron Schoenfeld 90 45 0 45
Brad Stuver 90 45 0 45
Emanuel Pogatetz 90 45 0 45
Kevan George 90 45 0 45
Kristinn Steindorsson 90 45 45 0
Matt Lampson 90 0 45 45
Steve Clark 90 45 45 0
Wil Trapp 90 0 45 45
Sergio Campbell 73 0 28 45
Adam Bedell 45 0 45 0
Ben Swanson 45 0 45 0
Romain Gall 45 45 0 0
Sagi Lev-Ari 45 0 0 45