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"I think it's natural to be disappointed, especially after leading the game and then ending up tying when we had chances to open the game up," coach Gregg Berhalter said. "I think that's part of this early stage of the season. We're going to have to improve in some areas and look to get some wins." Link.
A game that will tell you a lot more about this year, compared to last.
I think tonight's game and the reaction to dropping two points last week will tell you a lot more about this year's team compared to last.
Or could tell you the same.
Crew can do either three things:
1.) Improve and put in a stronger full performance, win.
2.) Do what there expected to do more so. Flounder and let Houston run the game at home.
3.) Or have their moments. Slink away with another tie.
I abrasively expect the third option and as a result we get into another version of "we always find a way to tie" Crew. That's fun.
But, it's up to them.
I don't think we looked spectacular at any part of last week.
The first half was obviously better, but as with last year we couldn't finish. So spectacular? No.
Second half was a bit of a head scratcher. Even what they were trying to achieve possession and game wise.
As Chicago had much, much more of possession than they had first half. Adjustments by Berhalter to resolve this weren't fantastic or rather were non-existent.
I would've liked to see something more daring. Daring I would like to see a bit more in the Berhalter repertoire.
As sometimes it's more daring just to keep things the same, hope it figures itself out.
Wanted to see someone up top with Ola at the end perhaps, go to three backs, just go for it at home because we need to make home, home again.
Sure could've lost an extra point but Chicago weren't extremely dangerous or terrifying either. So go get it.
I just look for a more definable and determined performance overall this week.
The important, interesting thing I expect more are with the substitutions this week.
I expect Tony Tchani to play a role today.
Either around the 60th minute or be that one new guy to start; as I wasn't extremely blown off my feet by Abu or Artur last week.
They were okay. But, it might be good for Berhalter to say "hey new guys these aren't your positions yet. We got a ton of options."
Plus, Berhalter needs to put last week's story on Tchani to bed.
He could do the same with putting Waylon Francis in at some point too as a substitution for Raitala, who has been better but is new as well.
The third substitution, that Berhalter will more than likely save because he never gets to three, is bring on Niko Hansen for Federico Higuaín late on because I think Hansen can provide something in that position.
Plus, Federico is dead by the 70th minute every game. I know he's a big star but sub him out.