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Monday's Practice Pitch Updates: SKC Reflection, Sauro Talk, NYCFC's Field

After a late-night winner this weekend, Crew SC got back to work Monday morning.

Columbus Crew SC were still riding high at training on Monday morning after the Black & Gold's 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.

When the members of the media entered the EAS Training Center, the reserves and those who were not in the 18-man lineup worked on a small-sided game. Some of the starters sat around the field watching, but did not participate in the last portion of practice.

Jack McInerney and Mohammed Saeid, who were on separate teams, were each dangerous in the mini games. Both scored multiple times and looked good throughout.

After the session concluded, head coach Gregg Berhalter spoke with media.

Conversation with Berhalter

  • The head coach was asked about Sunday's Kick Cancer Cup put on by goalkeeper Matt Lampson and said it was great. He said what Lampson does in the community is special and it's great that people come out to support him.
  • Asked about new signing, center back Gastón Sauro who was introduced before the match on Saturday, Berhalter said he took part in the majority of training today. Sauro didn't play the game session at the end. Berhalter said it's possible Sauro could play against New York City FC this weekend, but the goal is to keep progressing him.
  • Berhalter said it's always exciting when a player joins a new club. He said Sauro handled his first session well despite still trying to figure out teammates.
  • Berhalter said there is an incredible push from the entire team for playing time. The guys are pushing to get on the game day roster, to get subbed in, and to make the starting 11. He said it's having a good impact. Berhalter said the players that perform in training will get opportunities.
  • The head coach was asked if he likes winger Cedrick Mabwati's role coming off the bench or if he can work his way into the starting lineup. He said there's a balance between guys being comfortable and challenged and that's what he wants with his starters. Guys coming in off the bench and performing creates more pressure.
  • Berhalter said McInerney, who scored the winner in the 88th minute, is a proven goal scorer in this league and it's about getting opportunities for him. Berhalter emphasized McInerney's movement on the goal and being in the right position.
  • The head coach was asked about keeping substitutes focused and said he doesn't have to. He said players see the impact they can make and the boost they can provide in both games from last week.
  • Berhalter said they lined the practice field with the listed dimensions of Yankee Stadium, where Columbus will play on Saturday, and it doesn't seem that small. He admitted that it looks small on television but that could be a mental thing or how the cameras are positioned. He did say on smaller fields things happen quicker and players have to be prepared.
  • After conceding late several times this year, Berhalter said it felt great to be on the opposite end of a last-gasp goal. He said what he liked most was his team stayed poised, stuck to the game plan and executed it.
  • Berhalter said there's no news on potential call-ups coming up. Said last week they could miss several players after the New York City game.