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  • September 17, 2011
  • • 7:35 PM
  • • PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Referee: A. Prus
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MLS Preview: Philadelphia Union - Columbus Crew

MLS Preview: Philadelphia Union - Columbus Crew

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Just a month after their most recent meeting, two of the Eastern Conference's finest square off at PPL Park.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Philadelphia Union (4-4-2): MacMath; Williams, Califf, Valdes, M. Farfan; Mapp, Torres, Miglioranzi, Adu; Le Toux, Paunovic.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: GK Faryd Mondragon (R ring finger fracture); FW Levi Houapeu (L ankle strain)

DOUBTFUL: MF Justin Mapp (L quad strain)

PROBABLE: FW Veljko Paunovic (L calf strain); FW Sebastien Le Toux (L hip pointer)

Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Hesmer; Miranda, Balchan, James, Gardner; Duka, Meram, Burns, Rogers; Mendoza, Heinemann.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Tony Tchani (R knee surgery); MF Eddie Gaven (R lower leg contusion); FW Emilio Renteria (concussion)

DOUBTFUL: MF Bernardo Anor (R ankle sprain)

QUESTIONABLE: GK Andy Gruenebaum (R thumb fracture); GK Alex Riggs (concussion)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • These teams met on Aug. 20 in Columbus, with Columbus coming out on top in a 2-1 decision that solidified its spot atop the Eastern Conference.
  • In its three games since that match, however, the Crew has lost twice and tied once. The string of poor results has seen its lead in the East cut to just one point, with Sporting Kansas City in second place.

  • The Union drew 0-0 at home against Portland last weekend, a disappointing result, but one that saw rookie goalkeeper Zac MacMath record his first MLS shutout.
  • Columbus will be without some key players in this match. Eddie Gaven and Chad Marshall could miss the match through injury, Emilio Renteria is definitely out with a concussion, and Emmanuel Ekpo will sit out with a red card suspension.
  • Philadelphia has not won an MLS match since a 3-0 win over New England on July 17.
  • The Union have signed two players from the USL ranks in the past two days: defender Joe Tait from the Dayton Dutch Lions and midfielder midfielder Morgan Langley from the Harrisburg City Islanders.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
18Zac MacMathGoalkeeper
22Carlos Enrique ValdesDefender
-Dan CaliffDefender
25Sheanon WilliamsDefender
-Gabriel FarfánDefender
26Michael FarfanMidfielder
7Brian CarrollMidfielder
27Zach PfefferMidfielder
20Roger TorresMidfielder
30Freddy AduStriker
11Sebastien Le TouxMidfielder
24Thorne HolderGoalkeeper
14Amobi OkugoMidfielder
15Stefani MiglioranziMidfielder
-Morgan LangleyStriker
-Kyle NakazawaMidfielder
55Danny MwangaStriker
9Jack McInerneyStriker
1Will HesmerGoalkeeper
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
20Shaun FrancisDefender
-Sebastián MirandaDefender
-Julius JamesDefender
16Eric GehrigMidfielder
-Dejan RusmirMidfielder
-Dilly DukaMidfielder
14Robbie RogersMidfielder
-Tom HeinemannStriker
-A. MendozaStriker
1Chris KonopkaGoalkeeper
3Josh WilliamsDefender
12Nicholas GrossmanMidfielder
-Josh GardnerMidfielder
-Aaron HortonStriker
-Jeff CunninghamStriker
9Justin MeramMidfielder

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