Columbus could clinch a playoff slot against bottom-of-the-pile New England. The Revs are fighting to avoid a club record fewest wins in a year.
|New England Revolution (4-4-2): Shuttleworth; Alston, Cochrane, Barnes, Tierney; Guy, Joseph, Feilhaber, Zerka; Caraglio, Fagundez.||
OUT: FW Ryan Kinne (nasal fracture); FW Rajko Lekic (L ankle sprain); MF Stephen McCarthy (L shoulder surgery); MF Sainey Nyassi (R hamstring strain); GK Matt Reis (R hamstring strain); DF A.J. Soares (L ankle surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Zak Boggs (R hip impingement)
|Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Hesmer; Miranda, James, Marshall, Francis; Gaven, Burns, Ekpo, Duka; Mendoza, Renteria.||
OUT: MF Tony Tchani (R knee surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Tommy Heinemann (lower back strain); DF Chad Marshall (L ankle sprain); MF Danny O'Rourke (L knee tightness); MF Robbie Rogers (R hamstring strain); DF Rich Balchan (abdominal strain)
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The Vancouver Whitecaps won midweek, leaving the Revolution in last place in the league. Steve Nicol's contract expires at the end of the season.
- The Revs need two wins out of the remaining two games to avoid a club record for fewest wins in a year (seven, in 2001).
- Eddie Gaven's return from an eight-game injury layoff coincided with the Crew ending a six-game winless skid. Gaven scored the winner in a 2-1 result over D.C. United on Oct. 2.
- The Crew leads the all-time series against the Revolution with a 27-16-10 record.
- If results elsewhere are kind, Columbus could clinch a playoff slot with a win against New England.
- In the first meeting this season, goals from Julius James and Emilio Rentería capped a second-half comeback as the Crew overcame a first-half Benny Feilhaber strike for a 3-1 victory, Aug. 13 at Crew Stadium.