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  • September 29, 2012
  • • 19:37
  • • Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Referee: M. Foerster
  • • Attendance: 14673
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MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Philadelphia Union

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Philadelphia Union

Drew Hallowell

Philadelphia faces an almost impossible challenge if it wants to make the playoffs, but Columbus is much closer to a postseason berth.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Columbus Crew (4-2-3-1): Gruenebaum; Miranda, Marshall, James, Williams; Birchall, Mirosevic; Duka, Higuain, Gaven; Arrieta.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery); MF Bernardo Anor (L knee ACL tear)

DOUBTFUL: DF Carlos Mendes (R hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain)

PROBABLE: GK Andy Gruenebaum (lower back stiffness)
Philadelphia Union (4-3-3): MacMath; Williams, Okugo, Valdes, Gaddis; Lahoud, Carroll, Gomez; M. Farfan, McInerney, Cruz.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms)

DOUBTFUL: MF Danny Cruz (L big toe sesamoid stress fracture/R calf strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Keon Daniel (R knee contusion); MF Freddy Adu (L quad strain); DF Bakary Soumare (R knee inflammation); DF Gabriel Farfan (R ankle contusion)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Freddy Adu scored the first two-goal game of his MLS career on Sunday against the Houston Dynamo, leading the Union to a 3-1 win.
  • Jairo Arrieta scored his sixth goal in 14 games since coming to MLS in the Crew’s 2-1 loss to Chicago over the weekend; he has a goal or an assist in three consecutive games.
  • The Columbus Crew are currently just a one place out of the playoff spots, a point behind the Houston Dynamo.
  • The Philadelphia Union will be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs if they lose, if the Houston Dynamo win against New England, or if both games end in a draw.
  • If the Union fail to make the postseason, it will be the first time in his 12-year MLS career that midfielder Brian Carroll will fail to make the playoffs. He was a part of Columbus' 2008 MLS Cup-winning side.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Columbus Crew

Philadelphia Union

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Columbus Crew CRE
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew
Draw
Philadelphia Union PHI
Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union
100%

Top 3 Predictions

Columbus Crew CRE
2 - 0
Philadelphia Union PHI
Columbus Crew CRE
3 - 0
Philadelphia Union PHI

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