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  • September 29, 2012
  • • 7:37 PM
  • • Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Referee: M. Foerster
  • • Attendance: 14673

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia faces an almost impossible challenge if it wants to make the playoffs, but Columbus is much closer to a postseason berth.

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


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)

PROBABLE: GK Andy Gruenebaum (lower back stiffness)
Philadelphia Union (4-3-3): MacMath; Williams, Okugo, Valdes, Gaddis; Lahoud, Carroll, Gomez; M. Farfan, McInerney, Cruz.


OUT: FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms)

DOUBTFUL: MF Danny Cruz (L big toe sesamoid stress fracture/R calf strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Keon Daniel (R knee contusion); MF Freddy Adu (L quad strain); DF Bakary Soumare (R knee inflammation); DF Gabriel Farfan (R ankle contusion)
  • Freddy Adu scored the first two-goal game of his MLS career on Sunday against the Houston Dynamo, leading the Union to a 3-1 win.
  • Jairo Arrieta scored his sixth goal in 14 games since coming to MLS in the Crew’s 2-1 loss to Chicago over the weekend; he has a goal or an assist in three consecutive games.
  • The Columbus Crew are currently just a one place out of the playoff spots, a point behind the Houston Dynamo.
  • The Philadelphia Union will be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs if they lose, if the Houston Dynamo win against New England, or if both games end in a draw.
  • If the Union fail to make the postseason, it will be the first time in his 12-year MLS career that midfielder Brian Carroll will fail to make the playoffs. He was a part of Columbus' 2008 MLS Cup-winning side.


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Available Squads
30Andy GruenebaumGoalkeeper
3Josh WilliamsDefender
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
14Chad MarshallDefender
-Sebastián MirandaDefender
-Julius JamesDefender
33Chris BirchallMidfielder
-Milovan MirosevicMidfielder
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
19J. ArrietaStriker
10Federico HiguaínStriker
28Matt LampsonGoalkeeper
16Eric GehrigMidfielder
-Nemanja VukovicDefender
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
9Justin MeramMidfielder
-O. VargasStriker
20E. RenteríaStriker
18Zac MacMathGoalkeeper
-Gabriel FarfánDefender
25Sheanon WilliamsDefender
28Ray GaddisDefender
-Carlos Enrique ValdesDefender
7Brian CarrollMidfielder
13Michael LahoudMidfielder
14Amobi OkugoMidfielder
26Michael FarfanMidfielder
44Danny CruzMidfielder
17 Josué MartínezStriker
1Chris KonopkaGoalkeeper
3Chris AlbrightDefender
-G. GómezMidfielder
20Roger TorresMidfielder
9Jack McInerneyStriker
30Chandler HoffmanStriker
29Antoine HoppenotStriker

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