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Friday's Practice Pitch Updates: Orlando City, Plenty of Focus, and a Missing Invite

Crew SC are off to Orlando after training for Saturday's match.

There wasn't much time after training concluded for the media to hang around and chat. The members of the Black & Gold's traveling squad had to get to the airport for their flight to Orlando.

Before the team took off, head coach Gregg Berhalter met with the media to discuss the upcoming match.

Conversation with Berhalter

  • Berhalter said he will only look at the first 30 minutes of the first game between this weekend's teams due to the red card that changed the way Orlando City SC played. He also noted that OCSC is a better team now than they were in the last contest.
  • Asked about the disappointment of drawing with the Chicago Fire last Friday in stoppage time, Berhalter joked that he doesn't even remember the score of the game. He said it's gone from their minds and the players did a good job of refocusing this week.
  • Berhalter isn't worried about his team having any lingering affects from the Fire game. Said he doesn't think conceding late goals will become an issue.
  • Crew SC will travel with 18 to Orlando.
  • Berhalter said he didn't know how the absence of Brek Shea will impact Kaka. Said they play well together and Shea is a talented player, but couldn't predict how it will affect the Brazilian.
  • I asked Berhalter if this Saturday could be another statement win for the team, going on the road to Orlando and defeating City for the second time. He looked at the ground for a second and responded, "I don't know."
  • With only two points separating the Crew SC and Orlando, Berhalter was asked when he starts paying attention to where teams are in the standings and what a win might mean either way. He responded that it begins at game one and you always want to be above that playoff line.
  • The head coach said he wasn't invited to play in goalkeeper Matt Lampson's charity game. He said Matt is a great person in the community and what he's given back to the community and cancer patients is a great example for the rest of the team.