Steps for ImprovementBy: Kristina | March 19th, 2011
Tonight the Columbus Crew opened the season on the road against D.C. United. The result?! In the words of wise people PATHETIC. Yes the Crew fell to DCU 3-1 but what did they learn from it? Simple answer: Teamwork. The Crew have 14 returning players from last season. So let’s do the math….oh that means half of last season’s team is gone. My personal solution is that they need to take steps for improvement. You could agree or disagree but here is my two cents:
Step 1. Teamwork.
Does the Crew have it? They do but they seem to lack it just a slight bit. Tonight we saw them play as a team but didn’t really work well together. For example, Cunningham and Mendoza did not communicate a lot as forwards should but that is to come. The easy way to resolve this issue is to watch the replay and talk to each other and not go bonkers.
Step 2 Consistency.
This seemed to not be present all over the field tonight. Starting from the back line all the way to the strikers. Honestly I think that the midfield could take a blame on this one. If the ball was better controlled in the midfield then the back line would not have to keep up with Wolfe and Joseph N. This did cost the Crew when Wolfe scored. If the midfield were to keep the ball at a consistent rate then our forwards would have better chances at goal.
Step 3 Reserve League.
This was part of the success to the Columbus Crew in 2008. Although a lot of Crew fans don’t show up for these games but they are beneficial to the team. Do they help? Absolutely. This will help strengthen the team even though they don’t have the extra games to add on from the CCL tournament. Given that the team has mostly new players, it will give the opportunity to the non starters a chance to prove to the coaches they deserve to be on the team. These games are legit. Some fans might say they seem like a “scrimmage” but really they help. The teams could only do so much within a team to improve and be better. How will the coaches know and judge based on practice or a college team scrimmage? They cannot. For example, some key players such as Danny O’Rourke, Shaun Francis and Emilio Rentaria are out with injuries could get at least 50 minutes of a reserve match or even the whole 90 minutes to be game fit.
In the end as Crew supporters we are quick to judge based on one game. Although we all want our home team to win every single game they can’t. All I can say is this…..have faith. I know that we want results now and who doesn’t? I think that this team will be a late bloomer and will shock many people. We can do this!