OBETZ, Ohio – That the Columbus Crew have shown resiliency in coming from behind to draw the past two matches is not a surprise to head coach Robert Warzycha.
"I like the maturity of this team," he told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday.
Offseason additions of veterans such as Gláuber, Agustín Viana and Dominic Oduro – who scored equalizers in the 72nd minute vs. the Philadelphia Union on April 6 and Sunday against the Montreal Impact, respectively – have complemented a roster that grew in confidence and stature at the end of 2012 with the midseason acquisitions of key attacking pieces Jairo Arrieta and Federico Higuaín.
"We added some players who can really play under the pressure and we already had some players who could win games for us," Warzycha said.
The Crew (2-1-3) have two wins and a pair of ties when level at halftime and a loss and draw after trailing at the break. While that's an encouraging sign, midfielder Eddie Gaven said improvement is mandatory.
"We would like to not go down first, start the game better and be on the front foot for a change" he said. "But we know we have a good team and even if we don't have the best start there's no panic."
Then came the comebacks for ties against Philly and the Impact.
"You look across our lineup and you see a lot of offensive weapons that can really make a difference," goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum said. "Whether it's Ben Speas going at people, Dom's speed, [Higuaín's] playmaking ability. You get the feeling we're never out of a game. In years past, it hasn't always been the case."