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  • March 24, 2012
  • • 4:06 PM
  • • Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Referee: M. Geiger
  • • Attendance: 18197

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Montreal Impact

Both sides will be looking to collect their first MLS wins, though Columbus has an extra week's rest.

Columbus (4-1-2-1-2): Hesmer; Miranda, Marshall, Mendes, Francis; Tchani; Gaven, Urso; Mirosevic; Vargas, Renteria.


OUT: MF Dilly Duka (L hamstring strain); DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab); FW Ben Speas (sports hernia rehab); DF Julius James (R shoulder surgery)

DOUBTFUL: FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee internal injury)
Montreal (4-4-2): Ricketts; Brovsky, Wahl, Ferrari, Gardner; Nyassi, Arnaud, Martins, Mapp; Corradi, Braun.


OUT: GK Evan Bush (L ankle sprain); DF Nelson Rivas (L hamstring strain); FW Eduardo Sebrango (L groin strain); DF Hassoun Camara (R quad strain)

PROBABLE: DF Gienir Garcia (L ankle sprain)

  • Columbus had last week off following a season-opening 2-0 defeat at Colorado. However, the Crew did record wins in a doubleheader against college teams during their weekend break. The first team defeated Michigan State 5-1 and the reserves defeated West Virginia 1-0.
  • Montreal earned its first MLS point in its home debut in front of a 58,912 fans at the Stade Olympique on Saturday afternoon. Team captain Davy Arnaud headed in his side's first MLS goal, but the Imapct could not hold on, conceding an equalizer and a 1-1 draw to the Chicago Fire.
  • Promising Columbus playmaker Dilly Duka succumbed to injury just 12 minutes in to the Crew's loss to Colorado and remains on the sidelines. Rookie Ethan Findlay is likely to get the nod in his place.
  • The Impact's newly-signed Italian striker, Bernardo Corradi, made his Impact debut against the Fire, getting 13 minutes as a substitute.
  • The Crew signed Montenegrin left back Nemanja Vukovic this week. The 27-year-old spent two weeks on trial with the Crew during preseason and arrived in Columbus on Thursday.
  • Montreal will be missing Evan James (Canada) and Zarek Valentin (United States) due to Olympic qualifying, and Columbus will be missing Kevan George (Trinidad and Tobago) for the same reason.


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30Andy GruenebaumGoalkeeper
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
14Chad MarshallDefender
-Sebastián MirandaDefender
20Shaun FrancisDefender
7Bernardo AnorMidfielder
-Milovan MirosevicMidfielder
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
-Kirk UrsoMidfielder
-O. VargasStriker
20E. RenteríaStriker
1Will HesmerGoalkeeper
3Josh WilliamsDefender
16Eric GehrigMidfielder
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
13Ethan FinlayMidfielder
12Nicholas GrossmanMidfielder
18Aaron SchoenfeldStriker
1Donovan RickettsGoalkeeper
2Tyson WahlDefender
13Matteo FerrariDefender
12Jeb BrovskyMidfielder
7Felipe MartinsMidfielder
8Patrice BernierMidfielder
-Sanna NyassiMidfielder
21Justin MappMidfielder
8Davy ArnaudMidfielder
-Josh GardnerMidfielder
17Justin BraunStriker
-Greg SuttonGoalkeeper
-Shavar ThomasDefender
16Callum MallaceMidfielder
26Collen WarnerMidfielder
27Lamar NeagleMidfielder
-Bernardo CorradiStriker
11Michael FucitoMidfielder

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