Precious playoff points are at stake as Columbus, just a point outside the playoff spots, visits still-vulnerable D.C.
|D.C. United (4-4-2): Hamid; Najar, McDonald, Jakovic, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Boskovic, Pontius; Pajoy, Santos.
OUT: DF Daniel Woolard (concussion-like symptoms); FW Josh Wolff (lower back disc herniation); MF Dwayne De Rosario (L knee MCL sprain); FW Long Tan (L ankle sprain)
PROBABLE: MF Stephen King (inguinal hernia repair); MF Lance Rozeboom (L knee ACL tear); DF Emiliano Dudar (R knee bone bruise); MF Raphael Augusto (L quadriceps strain)
|Columbus Crew (4-2-3-1): Gruenebaum; Miranda, Marshall, James, Mendes; Birchall, Mirosevic; Meram, Higuain, Gaven; Arrieta.
OUT: FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery); MF Bernardo Anor (L knee ACL tear)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain); DF Josh Williams (concussion)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- D.C. extended its unbeaten streak to five games – going 4-0-1 in that time – with a 1-0 win at Toronto FC on Oct. 6.
- These teams are meeting for the third time this season, each having taken 1-0 decisions on their home ground. The Crew won 1-0 at Crew Stadium on July 21, the game’s only goal scored by Chris Birchall in the opening minute of the second half. United returned the favor Aug. 4 at RFK Stadium, Chris Pontius finding the target in the 49th minute.
- With a win or a draw, United will qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2007. D.C.'s four-year postseason drought is the longest in club history, and tied for second-longest in MLS history.
- Eddie Gaven scored his eighth goal of the season – a huge equalizer for a 1-1 draw with Sporting KC on Oct. 7 – to match his single-season career high, which he set in 2005 at age 19 with the MetroStars.
- If Columbus loses this match and Houston defeats Philadelphia, the Crew will miss out on postseason soccer for the first time since 2007.