Gregg Berhalter's men look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season, traveling to face an Earthquakes squad looking for its first win of 2014.The Columbus Crew were handed their first loss of the season last week and will look to bounce back when they travel to San Jose to face the Earthquakes, who are still searching for their first win in league play.
With nine points and a plus-3 goal difference, the Crew still sit atop the Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference despite dropping a 2-0 result to Toronto FC last week. The team has been much improved from last season's campaign with new manager Gregg Berhalter seeming to put his stamp on the squad and defensive additions Michael Parkhurst and Giancarlo Gonzalez showing why they're likely headed to this summer's World Cup.
Their hosts, conversely, sit at the foot of the table with just one point, though the Quakes have played only three league matches. The last time out, the Quakes fell to New England, 2-1, with Chris Wondolowski scoring his second goal of the season in the defeat.
Crew forward Dominic Oduro is questionable for the match (Sunday at 3 p.m. on UniMas) with a left thigh contusion, while the home side will be missing Tommy Muller, Tommy Thompson and Jason Hernandez. Brandon Barklage, Andreas Gorlitz and Jordan Stewart are listed as questionable.
Fans hoping their side will pick up three points may be disappointed if recent history holds. The previous three meetings between the Quakes and the Crew have ended in draws.