Wednesday, May 13, 2009

5/13/09: Gaven Move To Middle Of Pitch Paying Dividends For Crew

Eddie "Shaggy" Gaven feeling it in the middle.

In a move most Crew fans saw around week 2 or 3, and has finally happened two to three weeks late against Toronto FC and now Kansas City. Eddie Gaven has switched to the middle where he plays the best and Emmanuel Ekpo has been switched back out to the wing where he plays the best. The result is a slick looking attack.

Excerpt from Craig Merz's "Gaven Thriving In Central Role":
"It's jelling. He's had good games against Toronto and the last one," Warzycha said of Gaven. "His endurance is unbelievable. He can run forever. He's always active. He's got a good first touch and he just works, works, works. That's what you need."

Warzycha said the move of Gaven to the middle was not out of desperation but inspiration.

"More than anything we were trying to put the best team on the field. With Robbie and Ekpo playing well, Eddie Gaven was also playing well so we were trying to keep him on the field," he said. "Obviously, with Ekpo being inside that didn't work as well we thought it would. That was a switch that probably was necessary."


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