It was day two of practice this week for Columbus Crew SC. The Black and Gold had a beautiful day to train and took full advantage at their EAS Training Center.
As the media entered the facility, the team worked on finishing crosses. Head coach Gregg Berhalter and assistant coach Josh Wolff delivered balls from outside either side of the 18-yard box, while the players made runs in an attempt to to finish the chances one at a time. Berhalter and Wolff began with simple crosses on the ground before changing to bouncing balls and balls in the air. The drill concluded with the players receiving the ball inside the D at the top of the box, taking a touch before having a shot.
Berhalter spiced things up towards the end, add a stipulation that if a player missed the goal (shot it wide or over) they were done. The competitive nature of the players came out, as those who did miss early weren't eager to get to the showers and were disappointed with the missed opportunity.
After the session concluded, after he attempted to half volley a bouncing ball only to swing and miss, Berhalter came over to talk with the media.
Conversation with Berhalter
- Berhalter said he talked to Wil Trapp yesterday after practice and he's doing well. He will come home Friday from the concussion specialist in Providence. The midfielder is doing workouts in the pool there and they'll see where he is when he returns. The plan is to be cautious.
- When asked about the most recent road trip, Berhalter said the staff has two different game plans. They knew the Vancouver Whitecaps would be dangerous on the counter attack and they wanted to limit that. Against the New England Revolution, they wanted to play through the press.
- Berhalter was asked for an update on Ben Swanson and replied that he's doing great. He had a good, sharp day of training and is progressing and adjusting to the professional game.
- Romain Gall was set back by the injury he suffered in the preseason. Berhalter said he's still pushing throughout the year. He, like Swanson, is getting used to the level of the professional game.
- Orlando City SC is a well coached team, Berhalter said. They aren't a typical expansion team because some of their players have been playing together for years now. He also pointed out that Orlando is the most accurate passing team in Major League Soccer.
- Sergio Campbell, who rode the stationary bike yesterday and wasn't very active today, hurt his shoulder according to Berhalter. He will be back in training next week.
- Berhalter said they like where Kei Kamara is with his goal total, although they believe he could have had more with the chances created.
- Of his team, Berhalter said they are getting better and improving. He pointed out that they've started 17 players, as opposed to last year where they started 12. Berhalter said they have confidence in their depth and it shows. He said they are learning more about guys an earlier stage than a year ago.