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Practice Pitch Updates: Double Game Week

Two big games are on the horizon so what’s Gregg Berhalter saying?

With the madness that was the 3-1 loss to the New England Revolution behind them, the Columbus Crew SC players and staff turn their attention in a very important week in the team’s season. Two home games against Eastern Conference opposition could make for a different story come Sunday, but that’s only if the Black & Gold can start winning matches.

Crew SC had finished training (early) before the members of the media arrived. Although he was already in his office meeting with players, head coach Gregg Berhalter graciously (and apologetically) answered some questions.

Conversation with Berhalter

  • The head coach was asked about if the belief in the system is being questioned and he said he didn’t think so at all. He categorized the loss at New England as a road defeat where there were some good moments. Said the team created enough chances in the match and he was disappointed with how the goals were conceded.
  • Berhalter called this week "huge" with the two matches against Toronto FC and D.C. United and said the team was going to need the crowd behind the club.
  • Asked if winning would change things, Berhalter said it would give the team confidence, but was quick to say they are still building this group. Said the team feels some of the performances are going the way they want.
  • Although blame has been put on the central defenders by some, Berhalter said that was not the case and that was "foolish." Said it’s a team game and there were a number of chances on the other end of the field.
  • As he’s said before, Berhalter likes that Columbus has a quick turnaround. Said the players are raring to go after Saturday’s loss.
  • With owner Anthony Precourt in town, Berhalter said there will be transfer discussions as they look to improve but said he believes this is a good group as the players continue to get healthy.
  • Asked about Toronto’s changes in formation this year, Berhalter said the staff expects TFC to switch it up but they will be ready for all scenarios.
  • Berhalter said he wishes Sebastian Giovinco would have scored last week — hasn’t scored in seven matches — so he wasn’t attempting to end the scoreless drought against Crew SC. Called him one of the best players in the league.
  • Ola Kamara is fantastic according to Berhalter. He not only credited the striker for his finishing and ability to be in the right places, but also the team for getting him the ball in good spots.
  • Despite a short bench last week, Berhalter said there would be changes in the lineup this week with the match congestion.