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July 6, 2011 10:15 PM EDT
Empire Field — Vancouver, British Columbia
Referee:‬ C. Penso‎
Attendance:‬ 19079‎

MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps - Columbus Crew

Both these sides come off demoralizing defeats on the weekend looking for a midweek pick-me-up.

By Zac Lee Rigg


Vancouver Whitecaps (4-3-3): Cannon, Leathers, Boxall, Rochat, Wagner; Salinas, Koffie, Dunfield, Brovsky; Camilo, Hassli.


OUT: DF Jay DeMerit (R adductor strain); FW Atiba Harris (R knee surgery)

DOUBTFUL: MF John Thorrington (R calf strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Davide Chiumiento (R hamstring strain); FW Eric Hassli (R foot contusion)

Columbus Crew (4-4-1-1): Hesmer; Miranda, Marshall, O'Rourke, Gardner; Gaven, Anor, Rusmir, Rogers; Heinemann, Mendoza.


OUT: DF Josh Williams (R hip labral tear); MF Dilly Duka (R ankle sprain); DF Rich Balchan (L adductor strain); MF Leandre Griffit (abdominal strain)

DOUBTFUL: DF Shaun Francis (L hamstring strain); FW Emilio Renteria (L quad strain)

  • The only time in history these two teams have met was earlier in the season when an Emilio Renteria brace eased Columbus to a 2-1 win at Crew Stadium.

  • Vancouver has lost three straight in all competitions, including two by one-goal margins to Canadian rival Toronto FC last week. Prior to this current run of bad form, the Whitecaps also went on a 14-match winless streak earlier in the season.
  • Both Emmanuel Ekpo (yellow-card accumulation) and Andy Iro (ejected against FC Dallas for two yellows) are suspended for this match.
  • The Dallas game did boster the Crew's roster, however, with Robbie Rogers (Gold Cup) and Danny O'Rourke (knee surgery) returning to the lineup.
  • Davide Chiumiento is second in MLS with seven assists but likely won't feature from the start against Columbus. Also missing out is Jay DeMerit, with Alain Rochat likely to move into the middle of defense to cover. Greg Janicki is an option, but coach Tom Soehn was the man who cut Janicki in 2009 when the two were at D.C. United. Janicki eventually worked his way back into the league by signing with the then-USL Whitecaps.
  • Andres Mendoza has begun earning his Designated Player wages this year with six goals in the past seven games. He is now one goal off the four-way league lead of eight on the season.
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Available Squads
-Joe CannonGoalkeeper
4Alain RochatDefender
25Jonathon LeathersDefender
2Michael BoxallDefender
28Gershon KoffieMidfielder
33Peter VagenasMidfielder
8Wes KnightDefender
16Nizar KhalfanMidfielder
6Shea SalinasMidfielder
37Camilo Da Silva SanvezzoStriker
17Omar SalgadoStriker
18Jay NollyGoalkeeper
5Jeb BrovskyMidfielder
14Greg JanickiDefender
3Bilal DucketDefender
-Terry DunfieldMidfielder
17Michael NanchoffMidfielder
23Long TanStriker
1Will HesmerGoalkeeper
14Chad MarshallDefender
-Julius JamesDefender
20Sebastián MirandaDefender
16Eric GehrigMidfielder
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
31Josh GardnerMidfielder
-Dejan RusmirMidfielder
14Robbie RogersMidfielder
7Bernardo AnorMidfielder
-A. MendozaStriker
30Andy GruenebaumGoalkeeper
35Korey VeederDefender
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
15Kevin BurnsGoalkeeper
-Tom HeinemannStriker
9Justin MeramMidfielder
-Jeff CunninghamStriker
Players to Watch
Davide Chiumiento
Davide Chiumiento
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
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A. Mendoza
A. Mendoza
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
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4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
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