Early-season returns remain a mixed bag for the Crew, which grabbed a 1-0 lead against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday before allowing a goal five minutes later and settling for a 1-1 tie. Although it came against the reigning Supporters' Shield winners, the performance left some players lamenting the loss of two points in the standings. The road ahead remains tough, as the Crew leaves Crew Stadium to face D.C. United, which finished second in the Eastern Conference last season.
Early-season returns remain a mixed bag for the Crew, which grabbed a 1-0 lead against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday before allowing a goal five minutes later and settling for a 1-1 tie. Although it came against the reigning Supporters' Shield winners, the performance left some players lamenting the loss of two points in the standings. The road ahead remains tough, as the Crew leaves Crew Stadium to face D.C. United, which finished second in the Eastern Conference last season.Arrieta departing
The Crew will feel the pinch of World Cup qualifying this week as Jairo Arrieta joins Costa Rica's national team for a pair of games. The forward will play against the United States on Friday and four days later against Jamaica, but Crew coach Robert Warzycha has said that Arrieta will only miss this weekend's game. As one of the focal points on offense, Arrieta's absence will be felt. Dominic Oduro could be an option to start at forward instead of on the wing, and rookie Ryan Finley could be in the mix for his first career start. Whoever replaces Arrieta will need to replicate his high work rate for the Crew to have a chance at D.C.Gaven to return
Midfielder Eddie Gaven's sprained ankle was bad enough to keep him off the field for a second straight week. After Gaven took part in some light jogging and drills toward the end of last week, Warzycha decided to rest him again with an eye on having him fully healthy for the next game. Gaven is expected to play against D.C., which likely means Ben Speas will be headed back to a reserve role after capably filling in the past two games. Although Gaven is a key member of the club, Speas is proving that he, too, could be an important piece.Late production
All five of the Crew's goals this season have come in the second half. Last year, 21 of the team's 34 goals came after halftime, suggesting that this year's club might also possess a flair for the dramatic. The latest came from Brazilian defender Glauber, who scored his first Major League Soccer goal in the 68th minute on a corner kick from Federico Higuain. "I'm really happy in the first game at home to score my first goal," he said. "I hope more come."Finlay spark
Much like Speas, second-year player Ethan Finlay made the most of his first opportunity for action this season. A second-half substitute, Finlay nearly drew a foul inside the penalty area on his first touch and earned the corner kick that turned into Glauber's goal. Finlay, the Crew's first-round draft pick last year, provides another option up top for Warzycha in the attack.Digital
349: Consecutive minutes the Crew had not allowed a goal in a home opener until Justin Morrow scored in the 74th minute on Saturday
5: Number of Crew players to score this season, all with one goal. Through three games last year, only three players had scored.
2: In 15 home openers at Crew Stadium, the Crew has only lost twice while compiling a 6-2-7 record.Quotable
"I thought we played really well, to be honest, and it would have been very unlucky if we hadn't got anything from today's game. But I still think we really should have got three points. … I think the chances we created and the way we played was excellent tonight, and I think we deserved to win the game." - San Jose coach Frank Yallop