Good afternoon folks. Apologies for the lack of posts but driving around LA to get to all the events doesn't always allow for the best flow of posting.
Let's get started with notes from today's training sessions:
Juan Pablo Angel sustained a left arm injury and rib injury in training after colliding with goalkeeper Danny Cepero. He isn't expected to keep him from playing.
"It was just a collision but hopefully everything should be fine for Sunday," Angel said.
Kevin Goldthwaite was held out of the second half of training with an undisclosed leg injury. He appeared to be walking fine.
On the Crew side, Guillermo Barros Schelotto looked healthy and didn't appear to show signs of an ankle injury that was bothering him on Thursday. He is expected to be ready for Sunday as well.
There aren't any real question marks about the Crew starting lineup except for perhaps central defense, where Sigi Schmid could go with veteran Danny O'Rourke or rookie Andy Iro. Look for O'Rourke to get the nod.
Most of the Crew players are sporting thick playoff beards, with Brian Carroll easily sporting the weakest of the beards on the Crew. Frankie Hejduk's has grown in nicely and has an Evan Almighty fullness to it.
Hejduk made an interesting point about Sunday's finally when he said that he doesn't believe the Red Bulls will play the defensive style they have been playing so far in the playoffs. Hejduk believes we could see a pretty wide-open final. I happen to agree with him.
That's all for now. I will post again in the next hour or two, and will offer up some highlights from Don Garber's state of the league address later today.
For now feel free to share your thoughts on these notes in the comments section below.