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Game 7 – Crew @ Quakes Pregame

May 10, 2008

The Crew play their first west coast game this year going to the cozy confines of Buck Shaw Stadium to play the San Jose Earthquakes. The team has won four straight and are in good position to continue the streak against one of the weakest teams in the league. Even with the injury bug striking Gino Padula and now Adam Moffat, the Crew should be coming back with three points.

Crew on Offense:

The Crew may face one of the toughest defenses they have all year. San Jose has built a very good defense and the Crew offense will have to continue to find the holes in the defense like they have done all year, this time without midfield catalyst Adam Moffat. Stefani Miglioranzi is scheduled to start in his place. It will be key that Miglioranzi play a two way game and provide that linking play to Schelotto. Breaking down the wings will ease the pressure on the central midfield. Eddie Gaven will have to step up on the offensive end of the field to fill in the void left by Moffat. With a defense like San Jose’s, set pieces will be critical. The Crew have done well with set pieces as of late as Schelotto has been in very good form in the past couple of weeks. San Jose’s defense is tough, but the Crew have the firepower to put a goal or two past.

Crew on Defense:

San Jose’s offense is mostly toothless. They have some good weapons in the midfield with Ronnie O’Brien and Ned Grabavoy. They can put some pressure on a defense. The forwards are a different story. Another former Crew player, Kei Kamara is a weak forward whose finishing is suspect. San Jose also has Galaxay castoff Gavin Glinton, but Haitian Peguero Jean Philippe is expected to add some punch to the offense. The Crew defense is in very good form as Chad Marshall has solidified the back line. The only immediate sign for concern is that Ezra Hendrickson will be facing a much better winger in Ronnie O’Brien than Eloy Colombano for the Wizards last week. This will be the key matchup as O’Brien can cause problems.

Final Thoughts:

The eastern teams have reigned supreme over western teams this year, however road teams have had problems getting points. I still think that the Crew have enough firepower and a stout defense to grab three points and vault themselves to the top of the table.

Crew 2 – Quakes 1

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