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Played
October 7, 2012 4:07 PM EDT
Columbus Crew Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
Referee:‬ M. Geiger‎
Attendance:‬ 13566‎
 
90+1′ Eddie Gaven
C.J. Sapong 10′

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Sporting Kansas City

Kansas City chases the Supporters' Shield in Columbus, where the Crew hang on the outskirts of the playoff chase in the East.

By Zac Lee Rigg

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Columbus Crew (4-2-3-1): Gruenebaum; Miranda, Marshall, James, Williams; Birchall, Mirosevic; Gaven, Higuain, Duka; Arrieta.

INJURY REPORT

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

DOUBTFUL: DF Carlos Mendes (R hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain); DF Rich Balchan (R thigh contusion)

PROBABLE: MF Dilly Duka (R calf contusion)
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Olum, Besler, Sinovic; Nagamura, Cesar, Espinoza; Zusi, Sapong, Kamara.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Teal Bunbury (L knee ACL tear); DF Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture)

QUESTIONABLE: GK Jon Kempin (R ankle sprain)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • These teams have split away wins thus far this season. This is the third meeting.
  • Jairo Arrieta scored two goals in the Crew's win over Sporting this season. He's scored doubles three times this year, the most recent in a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union. He has a goal or an assist in each of the last four games (three goals, two assists over that stretch).
  • Graham Zusi scored both goals in a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire last Friday. He is tied for the MLS lead with 14 assists this season.
  • Kansas City hasn't lost in nine matches and hasn't conceded in three. Jimmy Nielsen has 14 clean sheets, tied for the second-highest in MLS history.
  • Danny O'Rourke is suspended for this match.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
30Andy GruenebaumGoalkeeper
3Josh WilliamsDefender
14Chad MarshallDefender
20Sebastián MirandaDefender
-Julius JamesDefender
33Chris BirchallMidfielder
10Milovan MirosevicMidfielder
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
9Justin MeramMidfielder
19J. ArrietaStriker
10Federico HiguaínStriker
28Matt LampsonGoalkeeper
16Eric GehrigMidfielder
-Nemanja VukovicDefender
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
11Dilly DukaMidfielder
-O. VargasStriker
20E. RenteríaStriker
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
5Matt BeslerDefender
7Chance MyersDefender
13Lawrence OlumMidfielder
15Seth SinovicDefender
6Paulo NagamuraMidfielder
8Graham ZusiStriker
-Julio CésarMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
-Kei KamaraStriker
17C.J. SapongStriker
18Eric KronbergGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
78Aurellien CollinDefender
20Oriol RosellStriker
15Bobby ConveyMidfielder
14Dominic DwyerStriker
37Jacob PetersonMidfielder
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1