— peter wilt (@PeterWilt1) November 2, 2013
The Crew traveled westbound on I-70 Saturday afternoon to take on trialists for NASL expansion side Indy Eleven in a friendly scrimmage. The Black & Gold were victors in the private scrimmage, earning a 4-1 victory. Ethan Finlay, Drew Beckie, Ben Speas and Ryan Finley all tallied in the win. The two sides will meet again in Columbus on Friday in another closed-door friendly.
Due to confidentiality purposes as they build their roster for 2014, the names of the Indy Eleven trialists have been witheld.
Columbus Crew 4 – Indy Eleven 1
November 2, 2013
Westfield Soccer Park, Westfield, IN
Dan Withrow; Shawn Sloan, Eric Gehrig ©, Drew Beckie, Kyle Hyland; Ethan Finlay, Konrad Warzcyha, Kevan George, Ben Speas; Ryan Finley, Luckner Horat^ (Tony Tchani, 46’)
Substitutes not used: Matt Lampson, Chad Barson, Bernardo Anor
^ Indicates guest player
CLB - Ethan Finlay (unassisted) 10'
CLB - Drew Beckie (Ben Speas) 38'
CLB - Ben Speas (Ryan Finley) 58'
CLB - Ryan Finley (Ethan Finlay, Dan Withrow) 73'
IND - (Player name unavailable) 78'
The Crew will look to rebound from two disappointing losses against the Red Bulls last season when the two sides meet on Saturday (4:00 p.m. ET/NBC Sports Network). Here is a look back at the 2012 edition of the Columbus versus New York matchup.
A Kenny Cooper brace within the first 15 minutes of the match spelled doom early for the Black & Gold. Thierry Henry added two more as the Crew fell 4-1. The late Kirk Urso earned the only assist of his career, finding an open Chad Marshall on a late corner kick.
A third-minute goal from Milovan Mirosevic wasn't enough to help the Crew to a road result as Henry once again tallied twice and added an assist against the Black & Gold. The Crew was without newcomer Federico Higuaín for most of the match as the Argentine rested a sore heel, but entered as a substitute in the 90th minute.
Head Coach Robert Warzycha
Dominic Oduro on his match-tying goal
Andy Gruenebaum on team's performance
Chad Marshall talks post-match on the 1-1 draw