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Roster Cutdown Day

February 28, 2010

Mitchell’s latest tidbits reminded me that March 1st is roster cut down day. There aren’t too many open spots on the roster. Sergio Herrera was signed to replace Ale Moreno. New draftees Dilly Duka and Bright Dike will slot into the developmental roster.

The only competition is probably in the midfield. Yevgen Breden comes from Europe and was the only trialist kept from the Florida swing of preseason. I have to think his chief competition is against long time Crew veteran Duncan Oughton. Oughton has been playing more with the first team lately, perhaps signaling that he has pulled ahead in the competition for the last senior roster slot. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the decision to go the other way.

With Dike and Duka joining the team, that forces more competition for developmental roster slots. Shaun Francis has played consistently during the Crew’s tuneup games and probably made the roster. That leaves one slot for three of last year’s players. Cory Elenio, Alex Grendi, and Kevin Burns are fighting for that last spot. Grendi has not been in any of the recent scrimmages. Elenio and Burns have been getting 2nd team minutes. I have to think the nod goes to the player who made a couple starts last year, Burns.

My Guess:

Keepers (2): William Hesmer and Andy Gruenebaum

Defenders (8): Frankie Hejduk, Chad Marshall, Gino Padula, Eric Brunner, Jed Zayner, Andy Iro, Shaun Francis, Danny O’Rourke

Midfielders (8): Robbie Rogers, Eddie Gaven, Emmanuel Ekpo, Duncan Oughton, Kevin Burns, Brian Carroll, Dilly Duka, Adam Moffat

Forward (6): Guillermo Barros-Schelotto, Steven Lenhart, Bright Dike, Jason Garey, Emilio Renteria, Sergio Herrera

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