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Practice Pitch Updates: Injuries, Attackers, and the Dynamo

Crew SC hope to make it two wins a row this weekend and the preparation is well underway this week.

Practice was all but complete today when training opened to the media at the EAS Training Center. While most of the players had already made their way to the locker room, a few remained on the field including Hector Jimenez, Michael Parkhurst, Justin Meram, and the goalkeepers.

Parkhust worked with head coach Gregg Berhalter on long balls. He was specifically having Berhalter play them high in order to judge them, as this has been something we've seen Parkhurst make an error on a time or two this year.

Once he finished working with the central defender, the head coach and sporting director spoke to the media members on hand.

Conversation with Berhalter

  • Asked about center back Gaston Sauro, who left the match two weeks ago with a hamstring issue and missed last week's game because of the injury, Berhalter said he's doing great. He said he's working his way back, but this weekend might be too soon to get him on the field.
  • Berhalter said the team is "getting there" when asked about overall health. On Tony Tchani, Berhalter said it's about getting the fitness back for the midfielder after missing out with a calf injury.
  • Asked what goes into making a tactical change such as the one Crew SC did last weekend, Berhalter said it has to do with the opponent. The approach of keeping Wil Trapp further forward was to disorganize New York City FC according to Berhalter and he thought they did that. Berhalter said there are constantly little shifts that the team makes.
  • The head coach admitted he needs similar production from his attacking front four as the club got last weekend. He said while it will not always result in three goals, they have to keep working to get those chances.
  • Asked about Kei Kamara's production, Berhalter said the quantity of chances is similar to last year and now it's just the ball going in for the striker.
  • In this weekend's opponent, the Houston Dynamo, Berhalter sees a talented and physical team. Despite a mixed bag of results, the head coach said they can take a lot from those games and he's seen the Dynamo play well. He expects a difficult game for Crew SC.
  • Berhalter said he expects Houston to come to MAPFRE Stadium and attack. He pointed out the 11 goals they scored over the first three games of the season, which he believed is an MLS record.