Crew Mailbag

Crew Mail: 5/11/12

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We got a lot of questions about an international opponent this week, hopefully those were answered yesterday.

What is the Crew doing to accommodate those who attend the home games that do not drive cars?

- Ryan V.

The team has plans to install bike racks in the near future. As far as public transit goes, the Crew continues to look into the possibilities with COTA to accomadate fans that don't drive cars.

Is the front office still trying to sign a DP, despite the signing of Arrieta?

- Tommy C.

General Manager Mark McCullers and Technical Director Brian Bliss continue to evaluate talent in South America. If a deal happens, it will likely be when the transfer window opens June 27. McCullers and Bliss will already have a tough task at hand adjusting the roster when Rich Balchan comes off IR and Jairo Arrieta arrives.

Why are we having so much trouble winning games when teams that we have beaten so many times in the past have better records than us?

- Luke T.

Plain and simple, the Crew are beat up right now. The Black & Gold currently have 11 players listed on the team's injury report, including two guys that would be starting at forward right now in Aaron Schoenfeld and Olman Vargas. The good news is that guys are getting healthy. Ben Speas, Rich Balchan, and Julius James continue to work hard to regain fitness with the team's Strength and Conditioning coach Brooke Hamilton and should be ready to start training in the next couple of weeks. Carlos Mendes and Dilly Duka saw limited action in scrimmage situations this week and should return soon from hamstring injuries, barring a setback.