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April 28, 2012 7:40 PM EDT
Columbus Crew Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
Referee:‬ E. Bazakos‎
Attendance:‬ 11978‎

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Vancouver Whitecaps

Riding a three-game winless run, Columbus looks to begin a turnaround against the visiting Whitecaps, who have won just one of their last five.

By Keith Hickey

Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Greuenebaum; Miranda, Marshall, Williams, Francis; O'Rourke, Gaven, Tchani, Mirosevic; Renteria, Vargas.


OUT: FW Ben Speas (sports hernia rehab); DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab); FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); DF Julius James (illness); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery)

DOUBTFUL: MF Dilly Duka (L hamstring strain); DF Carlos Mendes (R hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain)
Vancouver Whitecaps (4-3-3): Cannon; Lee, Bonjour, DeMerit, Harvey; Davidson, Koffie, Watson; Le Toux, Hassli, Salgado.


OUT: FW Darren Mattocks (R shoulder burn); GK Brian Sylvestre (R knee surgery)

DOUBTFUL: FW Etienne Barbara (groin strain); FW Caleb Clarke (L quad strain)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Camilo Sanvezzo (R quad strain); DF Alain Rochat (L knee sprain)
  • The Crew won both meetings in between these teams in Vancouver’s inaugural MLS season, winning 2-1 at Crew Stadium on April 30, and 1-0 at Empire Field on July 6.
  • Vancouver conceded three goals two games in a row before rebounding to post its fifth shutout of the season in the 1-0 win against FC Dallas.
  • Vancouver's five clean sheets match Sporting KC for most in MLS.
  • Eddie Gaven collected his fourth career two-goal game in the Crew's 2-2 draw with Houston. His previous multi-goal performance was on Oct. 5, 2005, for the MetroStars in a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire at Soldier Field.
  • Vancouver's 1-0 win against FC Dallas was its first since beating Chivas USA by the same scoreline on March 17.

Field Report
Reader's Predictions
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Head to Head
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Apr 28, 2012 Columbus Crew 0 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jul 6, 2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 - Columbus Crew 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Apr 30, 2011 Columbus Crew 2 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
30Andy GruenebaumGoalkeeper
3Josh WilliamsDefender
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
14Chad MarshallDefender
20Sebastián MirandaDefender
-Nemanja VukovicDefender
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
10Milovan MirosevicMidfielder
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
-O. VargasStriker
18Aaron SchoenfeldStriker
28Matt LampsonGoalkeeper
16Eric GehrigMidfielder
20Shaun FrancisDefender
13Ethan FinlayMidfielder
-Kirk UrsoMidfielder
12Nicholas GrossmanMidfielder
20E. RenteríaStriker
-Joe CannonGoalkeeper
2Jordan HarveyDefender
6Jay DeMeritDefender
12Young-Pyo LeeDefender
15Martin BonjourDefender
29Matthew WatsonMidfielder
-Jun DavidsonMidfielder
28Gershon KoffieMidfielder
11Sebastien Le TouxMidfielder
17Omar SalgadoStriker
29Eric HassliStriker
18Brad KnightonGoalkeeper
-Carlyle MitchellDefender
-Greg KlazuraDefender
23Atiba HarrisStriker
11John ThorringtonMidfielder
17Michael NanchoffMidfielder
-Davide ChiumientoMidfielder
Players to Watch
Chad Marshall
Chad Marshall
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
6 0 0 0
Sebastien Le Toux
Sebastien Le Toux
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
6 1 0 0
Editor's Prediction
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