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  • July 6, 2011
  • • 10:15 PM
  • • Empire Field, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Referee: C. Penso
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MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps - Columbus Crew

MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps - Columbus Crew

Both these sides come off demoralizing defeats on the weekend looking for a midweek pick-me-up.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Vancouver Whitecaps (4-3-3): Cannon, Leathers, Boxall, Rochat, Wagner; Salinas, Koffie, Dunfield, Brovsky; Camilo, Hassli.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Jay DeMerit (R adductor strain); FW Atiba Harris (R knee surgery)

DOUBTFUL: MF John Thorrington (R calf strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Davide Chiumiento (R hamstring strain); FW Eric Hassli (R foot contusion)

Columbus Crew (4-4-1-1): Hesmer; Miranda, Marshall, O'Rourke, Gardner; Gaven, Anor, Rusmir, Rogers; Heinemann, Mendoza.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Josh Williams (R hip labral tear); MF Dilly Duka (R ankle sprain); DF Rich Balchan (L adductor strain); MF Leandre Griffit (abdominal strain)

DOUBTFUL: DF Shaun Francis (L hamstring strain); FW Emilio Renteria (L quad strain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • The only time in history these two teams have met was earlier in the season when an Emilio Renteria brace eased Columbus to a 2-1 win at Crew Stadium.

  • Vancouver has lost three straight in all competitions, including two by one-goal margins to Canadian rival Toronto FC last week. Prior to this current run of bad form, the Whitecaps also went on a 14-match winless streak earlier in the season.
  • Both Emmanuel Ekpo (yellow-card accumulation) and Andy Iro (ejected against FC Dallas for two yellows) are suspended for this match.
  • The Dallas game did boster the Crew's roster, however, with Robbie Rogers (Gold Cup) and Danny O'Rourke (knee surgery) returning to the lineup.
  • Davide Chiumiento is second in MLS with seven assists but likely won't feature from the start against Columbus. Also missing out is Jay DeMerit, with Alain Rochat likely to move into the middle of defense to cover. Greg Janicki is an option, but coach Tom Soehn was the man who cut Janicki in 2009 when the two were at D.C. United. Janicki eventually worked his way back into the league by signing with the then-USL Whitecaps.
  • Andres Mendoza has begun earning his Designated Player wages this year with six goals in the past seven games. He is now one goal off the four-way league lead of eight on the season.
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Players to watch

D. Chiumiento

Position: Midfielder

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A. Mendoza

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Whitecaps

Columbus Crew

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Whitecaps
Draw
Columbus Crew CRE
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew
33%
53%

Top 3 Predictions

Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
1 - 1
Columbus Crew CRE
Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
0 - 1
Columbus Crew CRE
Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
1 - 2
Columbus Crew CRE

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