Monday, February 27, 2017

Pittsburgh, Your Starting XI, Mix Diskerud. GSH's for 2/27

Hollingsworth (on left) before Riverhounds faced off against the University of Akron on Saturday. Photo: Rachael McKriger, McKriger Photography.

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk's: Are the top Crew contemplation's of today. If you're new to the Crew... Video example of what is a Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk.

Gaven...
Marshall Hollingsworth scores in preseason for Pittsburgh. Swanson and him start and play 2nd half.
Hollingsworth scored a goal for the Riverhounds against the University of Akron on Saturday, scoring in the 53rd minute. 

Crew SC's Swanson and Hollingsworth are there on loan on a game-by-game basis. 

I'm sure Berhalter has a date circled for perhaps sending more out or bringing one of those two back in. See anyone else joining? 

Pittsburgh Soccer Report had a great little video surrounding Saturday's action:



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Additionally, another former Crew player Rich Balchan (above) played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the first half as he's on trial there too. Riverhounds link.

Schelotto...
Crew fans pick next Saturday's Starting XI

Here are the results of fans expected Crew XI on The Massive Reddit, link here. And you can join in and pick yours as well.

Zack Steffen, Harrison Afful, Wil Trapp, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram, Ethan Finlay, and Ola Kamara are basically shoe in's for the fans. Wouldn't be astonished if all got starts.

Would be much more surprised if any started on the bench. Other than Ola perhaps from an injury.


I go a little differently. I'm number 157 out of 163 currently on that list. 

My lineup:

------------------------Steffen-----------------------
-----------Mensah-------------Williams-----------
Afful-----------------------------------------Raitala
--------------Naess-------------Abu-----------------
Finlay-----------------------------------------Meram
-----------------------Hansen-------------------------
-----------------------Kamara-------------------------

I'm just one out of two that does not put Federico Higuain at attacking mid on the poll. And only one to put Niko there. 😄

I'm sure either Niko or Cristian will come in quite often for Pipa and/or Finlay late in games. And wouldn't find that unexpected next week, Niko deserves 20 minutes.

But, really like his speed. Niko has another gear and can finish chances. Promising for once, at least, that we can groom a Higuain replacement in a few years with Niko and/or Martinez. 

Also, I like Naess. Believe he has a calming influence that may be more of use in defensive midfield and since we have 40 CB's why not. 

Just last season was never awed by either DM's often. But, actually for me was impressed more by Tchani compared to Trapp.

However, instead of trying something new. We know what will occur. Some players in some spots until end of time for Berhalter.

Hejduk...
Thankful that Berhalter didn't get Mix Diskerud when he tried

What the hell is this?
Sounds like he gave up on soccer to become the next G-Eazy. Dude, tries so hard to be extravagant, wild thinking Scandinavian guy or smokes some pot.

When they ask for your story on US Soccer, don't talk about the honor or your family or your road. Talk about juggling, cats, and hats. Ok? 😅



We'll probably sign him now from NYCFC. Berhalter has such a man crush on anyone from Scandinavia and were Columbus, so I can still see that happening.

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