Columbus will be looking for revenge for last season’s U.S. Open Cup final loss (2-1) in Seattle. The Crew have never won against Seattle in the five overall meetings between the two teams. When the Sounders visited Columbus last year, they walked out with an easy 4-0 victory.
Among all the battles on the field, perhaps the most interesting battle of the night will be the coaching battle.
Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid led Columbus to a Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup double in 2008, before leaving for Seattle in the off-season. Schmid’s assistant coach during his tenure in Columbus was Robert Warzycha, now the head coach of the Crew. Warzycha is till trying to prove himself to Crew fans that he can lead the team to the heights that Schmid lead them to. Warzycha has tried to make this team his own. Now he has to prove to everyone that he can defeat his predecessor with a new team not built by Schmid himself.
The Crew are on a current six game unbeaten run. They most recently defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps last Saturday, 2-1. Vancouver’s goal was the first goal allowed by Columbus in Crew Stadium this year. Forward Emilio Renteria scored both of the goals for the Crew last week. He has scored all three of his goals this season in the last two games, the other one coming against Toronto in a 1-1 tie.
The Sounders most recently played this Wednesday at D.C. United in RFK Stadium. They lost 2-1.
Columbus Crew– OUT: MF Danny O’Rourke; DF Josh Williams; QUESTIONABLE: DF Shaun Francis; PROBABLE: FW Tom Heinemann
Seattle Sounders– OUT: FW O’Brian White; MF Steve Zakuani; QUESTIONABLE: MF Mauro Rosales; PROBABLE: FW Pat Noonan