Crew split results in bye-week scrimmages

Friendlies with Duquesne and Louisville provide different results

Coach Warzycha

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Crew accomplished their goals in
playing against a pair of college teams Saturday morning in Crew
Stadium.

Foremost, no one was hurt to add to a growing injury
list. Second, several players who have seen little or no MLS action
this season got workouts.

With eight players sidelined going
into this second bye weekend of the month, Crew head coach Robert
Warzycha opted to change the scrimmage format he used April 2 against
Marshall University and Michigan State when the Crew played full
matches against them with a mixture of roster players and guests.

It
was during the game against Marshall that starting defender Eric
Brunner suffered a concussion, which still has him sidelined.

For
Saturday’s games the Crew played 45 minutes each against Duquesne and
Louisville.

“There’s no reason to bring 10 guest players and mix
the teams,” Warzycha said. “The other teams wouldn’t be happy and we
wouldn’t be happy. We need to have all our players on the field.”

The
Crew beat Duquesne, 5-0, in the first half as forward Jason Garey
scored in the 4th and 45th minutes and assisted on a goal by Duncan
Oughton in the ninth. Emmanuel Ekpo (33rd) and Kevin Burns (44th) also
scored.

Kenny Schoeni started in goal for the Crew. The rest of
the lineup included Jed Zayner, Chad Marshall, Andy Iro and Gino Padula
in the back; midfielders Emilio Rentería, Ekpo, Burns and Oughton; and
Garey paired with Sergio Herrera. Marshall and Iro were the only
holdovers from the starting lineup last weekend at FC Dallas.

Louisville
scored the lone goal in the second half against the Crew. Andy
Gruenebaum was in goal while Oughton, Iro, Burns and Padula were the
defenders. Ekpo, Dilly Duka, Othaniel Yanez and French trialist Leandre
Griffit were in the midfield. Garey and Herrera were the forwards.

The
rookie Yanez was happy to play 45 minutes against his former
Louisville teammates. He had dinner with several of them Friday night.

“It’s just another game but it was fun,” he said. “I didn’t expect
them to take it easy on me and I didn’t take it easy on them.”

Meanwhile,
technical director Brian Bliss said the team and Griffit have agreed
on a contract if the club decides to sign him. A decision could come
early next week. The Crew would have to release a player to add Griffit
to the roster.