Crew Cuts: Adam Moffat
After Crew midfielder Adam Moffat monumentally flubbed a breakaway in the Crew's season opener against Toronto, his goal last Saturday in a 2-2 draw at FC Dallas was quite a relief.
"I'm happy to make up for it so soon," Moffat said. "And I know I'll get chances in every game. I'm going to miss, and I'm going to score some."
The Scotsman's strike was also a welcome reminder that after two injury-plagued seasons, he's back in the thick of the Crew midfield.
After Columbus acquired Moffat from the minor-league Cleveland City Stars in late 2007, he began 2008 with a star turn. A scrapper who doubled as an offensive catalyst and a tenacious defender, Moffat was the Crew's beating heart before suffering a season-ending knee injury seven games into the season.
He returned in a limited role in 2009 but rarely lived up his electric reputation. Since players typically take two years to fully recover from a torn ACL, the pressure is on for a return to form this season.
"I still don't feel 100 percent the way I was two years ago, and I probably never will," Moffat said. "But if I come in every day, and I work hard, I'll get stronger as games go on."
Moffat, 24, said Coach Robert Warzycha's support was a big confidence-builder during a rough preseason.
"The manager's been good about it," Moffat said. "At the start of preseason once we got going, I wasn't playing well. I wasn't feeling too good either. He basically told me, 'Look, don't worry about how you're playing out there.' So he gave me time, and that was good for me. It just showed that he had trust in me getting back fully fit and getting back playing well."
Moffat's got another big supporter in teammate and brother-in-law Steven Lenhart. Moffat married Lenhart's sister last December.
Although Lenhart assisted Moffat's goal Saturday, the man with the blond afro shrugged off the notion of any psychic connection with his new kin.
"I heard someone calling. I thought it was a Scottish accent, so I laid it off," Lenhart said.
Shifting to matters off the pitch, Lenhart offered the happy couple his blessing.
"My sister's a babe, and he's a good dude," Lenhart said. "I'm stoked for her and for him."