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  • October 20, 2012
  • • 7:38 PM
  • • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Referee: E. Jurisevic
  • • Attendance: 19647
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MLS Preview: D.C. United - Columbus Crew

MLS Preview: D.C. United - Columbus Crew

Ned Dishman

Precious playoff points are at stake as Columbus, just a point outside the playoff spots, visits still-vulnerable D.C.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
D.C. United (4-4-2): Hamid; Najar, McDonald, Jakovic, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Boskovic, Pontius; Pajoy, Santos.

INJURY REPORT

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.

INJURY REPORT

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

DC United

Columbus Crew

Wins
0
2
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

DC United DCU
DC United DC United
Draw
Columbus Crew CRE
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew
72%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

DC United DCU
2 - 0
Columbus Crew CRE
DC United DCU
1 - 0
Columbus Crew CRE
DC United DCU
2 - 1
Columbus Crew CRE

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