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MLS Preview: Chivas USA - Columbus Crew

Chivas USA enters the era of El Chelis by welcoming the Columbus Crew to the Home Depot Center.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Federico Higuaín Columbus
Chivas USA (3-5-2): Kennedy; Vilchez, Burling, Purdy; Courtois, Iraheta, Bolanos, Minda, Avila; Agudelo, Correa. 

Columbus Crew (4-3-3): Gruenebaum; Williams, Marshall, Glauber, Wahl; Viana, Higuain, Sanchez; Oduro, Arrieta, Gaven.

  • Neither side made the playoffs last season.
  • Federico Higuaín scored five goals and assisted seven more to win the 2012 MLS Newcomer of the Year award.
  • The Crew jettisoned 11 players in the offseason after finishing a point shy of the playoffs. Fresh arrivals include the South American trio of Agustín Viana, Gláuber and Matías Sánchez.
  • Chivas USA also failed to qualify for the postseason, finishing last in the West. Jorge Vergara bought the team outright from his business partners and set about reestablishing the Hispanic identity of the club. Jose Luis 'Chelis' Sanchez Sola has brought in a host of Latino MLS and Liga MX role players and cut nearly any former player on a high salary.
  • Dan Kennedy, initially assumed to be on the trading block, will remain as the Goats' captain. Despite a high 1.69 goals-against average, the 30-year-old finished second in 2012 Goalkeeper of the Year voting.

Field Report
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Head to Head
USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Mar 2, 2013 Chivas USA 0 - Columbus Crew 3
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Sep 19, 2012 Columbus Crew 1 - Chivas USA 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ May 28, 2011 Columbus Crew 3 - Chivas USA 3
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Apr 9, 2011 Chivas USA 0 - Columbus Crew 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jul 31, 2010 Chivas USA 3 - Columbus Crew 1
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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
1Dan KennedyGoalkeeper
33M. de LunaDefender
4W. VílchezDefender
-J. VelásquezDefender
-E. MejíaMidfielder
15Eric AvilaMidfielder
-Laurent CourtoisMidfielder
-Marvin IrahetaMidfielder
7Tristan BowenStriker
-G. CasillasStriker
-J. MoralesStriker
28Tim MeliaGoalkeeper
2Bobby BurlingDefender
51M. BolañosMidfielder
18Josue SotoMidfielder
20Carlos AlvarezMidfielder
-J. CorreaStriker
16J. AgudeloStriker
30Andy GruenebaumGoalkeeper
2Tyson WahlDefender
3Josh WilliamsDefender
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
14Chad MarshallDefender
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
24A. VianaDefender
8Dominic OduroStriker
19J. ArrietaStriker
10Federico HiguaínStriker
28Matt LampsonGoalkeeper
-Drew BeckieDefender
-Matías SánchezMidfielder
13Ethan FinlayMidfielder
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
17Ben SpeasStriker
26Ryan FinleyStriker
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
3 2