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MLS Preview: Philadelphia Union - Columbus Crew

Riding the white-hot Federico Higuain, the Crew have a chance to win three in a row for the first time this season.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Keon Daniel, Milovan Mirosevic; Columbus Crew - Philadelphia Union
Drew Hallowell
Philadelphia Union (4-2-3-1): MacMath; Gaddis, Okugo, Valdes, G. Farfan; Carroll, Lahoud; Cruz, M. Farfan, Adu; McInerney.


OUT: FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms)

DOUBTFUL: FW Jorge Perlaza (low back/gluteus strain)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Bakary Soumare (R knee inflammation)

PROBABLE: MF Michael Farfan (R foot contusion)
Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Lampson; Miranda, James, Marshall, Williams; Eddie Gaven, Mirosevic, O'Rourke, Duka; Higuain, Arrieta.


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

DOUBTFUL: DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain); MF Milovan Mirosevic (R ankle inflammation)
  • These teams have never tied each other. Columbus has three wins and Philadelphia two in the all-time matchup. The Crew took the first three but have lost the last two meetings with Philly.
  • The most recent was a 1-0 win for the Union on April 14, which came thanks to a Gabriel Gomez penalty kick.
  • Following a second consecutive draw and a winless run of four, Philly is in eight place in the Eastern Conference, on 25 points.
  • The Crew have won two on the trot and now sit seventh in the East on 36 points. Columbus hasn't won three in a row all season.
  • New Designated Player Federico Higuain has three goals and two assists in three MLS games thus far.

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Available Squads
18Zac MacMathGoalkeeper
22Carlos Enrique ValdesDefender
-Gabriel FarfánDefender
25Sheanon WilliamsDefender
-G. GómezMidfielder
7Brian CarrollMidfielder
13Michael LahoudMidfielder
14Amobi OkugoMidfielder
26Michael FarfanMidfielder
44Danny CruzMidfielder
9Jack McInerneyStriker
-C. HarrisonGoalkeeper
28Ray GaddisDefender
30Freddy AduStriker
26Keon DanielMidfielder
30Chandler HoffmanStriker
17 Josué MartínezStriker
29Antoine HoppenotStriker
28Matt LampsonGoalkeeper
3Josh WilliamsDefender
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
14Chad MarshallDefender
20Sebastián MirandaDefender
33Chris BirchallMidfielder
10Milovan MirosevicMidfielder
11Dilly DukaMidfielder
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
19J. ArrietaStriker
10Federico HiguaínStriker
1Will HesmerGoalkeeper
-Julius JamesDefender
-Nemanja VukovicDefender
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
12Nicholas GrossmanMidfielder
9Justin MeramMidfielder
20E. RenteríaStriker
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Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
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6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
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5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
3 2