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  • March 10, 2012
  • • 6:08 PM
  • • Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Denver, Colorado
  • Referee: H. Grajeda
  • • Attendance: 14746
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MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - Columbus Crew

MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - Columbus Crew

Justin Edmonds

Columbus will look to kick off the 2012 season by gaining a small measure of revenge against the team that knocked it out of the last two postseasons.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Colorado Rapids (4-3-3): Pickens; Kimura, Wynne, Moor, Palguta; Mullan, Larentowicz, Mastroeni; Castrilon, Cummings, Amarikwa.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Conor Casey (L achilles tear); MF Jamie Smith (R ACL tear); DF Anthony Wallace (L achilles tear)

DOUBTFUL: DF Hunter Freeman (R ankle arthroscopy)
Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Gruenebaum; Miranda, Gehrig, Marshall, Francis; Finlay, Tchani, Mirosevic, Duka; Vargas, Renteria.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia surgery); FW Ben Speas (sports hernia surgery); DF Julius James (shoulder surgery); Carlos Mendes (hamstring)

DOUBTFUL: Eddie Gaven (knee)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Justin Meram (R ankle sprain); GK William Hesmer (R ankle sprain); MF Cole Grossman (R hamstring strain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • This match will mark the debut of Oscar Pareja as head coach of the Rapids. Gary Smith and the club parted ways after last season.

  • The Crew have been eliminated from the MLS playoffs at the hands of Colorado the past two seasons.
  • Rapids defender Anthony Wallace suffered a torn Achilles tendon during practice on Sunday, and is expected to miss six to nine months.
  • The teams split regular-season results last season. The Crew won 4-1 on June 26 and the Rapids responded on Aug. 5 with a 2-0 home win.
  • Pareja is switching the Rapids from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 formation.
  • The Crew added two Homegrown Players this offseason: Goalkeeper Matt Lampson from Ohio State and forward Ben Speas from the University of North Carolina.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Colorado Rapids

Columbus Crew

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Colorado Rapids RAP
Colorado Rapids Colorado Rapids
Draw
Columbus Crew CRE
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew
60%
33%

Top 3 Predictions

Colorado Rapids RAP
2 - 1
Columbus Crew CRE
Colorado Rapids RAP
1 - 1
Columbus Crew CRE
Colorado Rapids RAP
3 - 1
Columbus Crew CRE

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