MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Colorado Rapids

Two teams tied on 12 points meet in Columbus, Ohio, looking to edge toward the playoff spots.

Columbus Crew (4-4-1-1): Gruenebaum; Williams, Marshall, Glauber, Wahl; Oduro, O’Rourke, Tchani, Gaven; Higuain; Arrieta.


OUT: Agustin Viana (R hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: Aaron Horton (L knee surgery)

Colorado Rapids (4-4-2): Irwin; Mullan, Moor, O’Neill, Klute; Harris, Rivero, Mastroeni, Powers; Brown, Buddle.


OUT: Diego Calderon (R knee surgery), Matt Pickens (L arm fracture), Hendry Thomas (L hamstring strain), Marvell Wynne (R quad strain)
QUESTIONABLE: Deshorn Brown (thigh), Edson Buddle (R knee pain), Jaime Castrillon (R knee surgery), Kevin Harbottle (L knee sprain)
  • Both teams have accumulated 12 points so far this season, with Columbus sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and Colorado sixth in West.

  • These two teams haven’t met since the 2012 season opener last March. With a 2-0 victory over the Crew, the Rapids enjoyed their first win under coach Oscar Pareja.
  • The Crew are coming off a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls. The Rapids enjoyed a 1-0 victory in their match against Toronto, thanks to a late goal by Edson Buddle.
  • The Rapids have yet to lose with Buddle on the field. Edson Buddle has made four appearances as a Rapid. One of those matches ended in a tie, and the other three were wins.
  • The Columbus Crew have earned just five points in the last five matches.