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September 1, 2012 7:37 PM EDT
Columbus Crew Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
Referee:‬ C. Penso‎
Attendance:‬ 12522‎
90+3′ E. Rentería

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Montreal Impact

Montreal will try to ride its hot streak into the postseason, while the Crew look to bolster their playoff credentials.

By Keith Hickey

Columbus Crew (4-2-3-1): Lampson; Miranda, Marshall, James, O'Rourke; Birchall, Grossman; Renteria, Higuain, Gaven; Arrieta.


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

DOUBTFUL: DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab); GK Andy Gruenebaum (low back strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain); MF Milovan Mirosevic (R ankle inflammation)
Montreal Impact (4-2-3-1): Perkins; Brovsky, Valentin, Ferrari, Iapchino; Bernier, Warner; Arnaud, Martins, Neagle; Di Vaio.


OUT: FW Bernardo Corradi (L knee ACL tear); FW Eduardo Sebrango (L shoulder separation); MF Justin Mapp (L hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Alessandro Nesta (R knee strain)

PROBABLE: FW Sanna Nyassi (R hip flexor strain)
  • Columbus' Josh Williams and Montreal's Hassoun Camara will both be suspended for this match.
  • These teams are meeting for the third time. Goals from Milovan Mirosevic and Olman Vargas led the Crew to a 2-0 victory in their first meeting ever, on March 24 at Crew Stadium. Mirosevic scored again when the clubs met July 8 at Stade Saputo, but goals from Zarek Valentin and Patrice Bernier gave the Impact a 2-1 come-from-behind win.
  • With 42 strikes in MLS 2012, Montreal has already broken the MLS goals record set by an expansion team in the new expansion era (since 2005); Portland struck the back of the net 40 times in 2011.
  • In the Impact’s Aug. 25 victory over D.C. United, the club became the first MLS side north of the border to reach 12 wins in a season.
  • The Impact have won five consecutive games, the longest winning streak for an expansion team since the end of the shootout era. The Chicago Fire won 11 consecutive games in their expansion season of 1998 (the final seven in regulation time).

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30Andy GruenebaumGoalkeeper
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
14Chad MarshallDefender
20Sebastián MirandaDefender
-Nemanja VukovicDefender
33Chris BirchallMidfielder
11Dilly DukaMidfielder
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
10Milovan MirosevicMidfielder
19J. ArrietaStriker
10Federico HiguaínStriker
28Matt LampsonGoalkeeper
16Eric GehrigMidfielder
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
13Ethan FinlayMidfielder
12Nicholas GrossmanMidfielder
9Justin MeramMidfielder
20E. RenteríaStriker
1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
13Matteo FerrariDefender
13Alessandro NestaDefender
5Jeb BrovskyMidfielder
2Nelson RivasDefender
7Felipe MartinsMidfielder
8Patrice BernierMidfielder
18Collen WarnerMidfielder
8Davy ArnaudMidfielder
27Lamar NeagleMidfielder
9Marco Di VaioStriker
30Evan BushGoalkeeper
-Shavar ThomasDefender
-Dennis IapichinoDefender
11Sanna NyassiMidfielder
-Sinisa UbiparipovicStriker
31Josh GardnerMidfielder
33A. WengerMidfielder
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