Riding a three-game winless run, Columbus looks to begin a turnaround against the visiting Whitecaps, who have won just one of their last five.
|Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Greuenebaum; Miranda, Marshall, Williams, Francis; O'Rourke, Gaven, Tchani, Mirosevic; Renteria, Vargas.
OUT: FW Ben Speas (sports hernia rehab); DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab); FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); DF Julius James (illness); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery)
DOUBTFUL: MF Dilly Duka (L hamstring strain); DF Carlos Mendes (R hamstring strain)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain)
|Vancouver Whitecaps (4-3-3): Cannon; Lee, Bonjour, DeMerit, Harvey; Davidson, Koffie, Watson; Le Toux, Hassli, Salgado.
OUT: FW Darren Mattocks (R shoulder burn); GK Brian Sylvestre (R knee surgery)
DOUBTFUL: FW Etienne Barbara (groin strain); FW Caleb Clarke (L quad strain)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Camilo Sanvezzo (R quad strain); DF Alain Rochat (L knee sprain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The Crew won both meetings in between these teams in Vancouver’s inaugural MLS season, winning 2-1 at Crew Stadium on April 30, and 1-0 at Empire Field on July 6.
- Vancouver conceded three goals two games in a row before rebounding to post its fifth shutout of the season in the 1-0 win against FC Dallas.
- Vancouver's five clean sheets match Sporting KC for most in MLS.
- Eddie Gaven collected his fourth career two-goal game in the Crew's 2-2 draw with Houston. His previous multi-goal performance was on Oct. 5, 2005, for the MetroStars in a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire at Soldier Field.
- Vancouver's 1-0 win against FC Dallas was its first since beating Chivas USA by the same scoreline on March 17.