Montreal will try to ride its hot streak into the postseason, while the Crew look to bolster their playoff credentials.
|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)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- 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).