The Columbus Crew host the Philadelphia Union at Crew Stadium on Saturday night (7:30 pm) in what is a battle for the top of the Eastern Conference. The Crew are 10-7-7 (37 points) on the season, while the Union currently sit at 8-5-10 (34 points).
Columbus is coming off a 3-1 victory over the New England Revolution last Saturday. Philadelphia came back twice against FC Dallas on Saturday (2-2) to earn their third consecutive tie. The Union haven’t won a MLS game since July 17th against the Revs.
Before the game, the Crew will be holding a moment of silence in honor of Nordecke regular and La Turbina Amarilla member Joel Reynaga, who unfortunately passed away after last week’s game due to a motorcycle crash. Yellow flowers will be laid around his drum in Nordecke during this time.
Prediction: Crew 2-0 Union
In what is arguably the biggest game of the year so far for Columbus, the yellow soccer team will come out with three points. With ten games left in the season, every match is huge in regards to the playoff race. While a spot in the postseason is almost guaranteed for the Crew, barring a major breakdown, the fight for position is vital. Emilio Renteria is back, as is Dilly Duka. The offense clicked in the second half last week, and it will continue to do so against Philadelphia.
Columbus Crew – OUT: MF Tony Tchani; DF Shaun Francis; Jeff Cunningham; MF Eddie Gaven; QUESTIONABLE: MF Dejan Rusmir; MF Rich Balchan; GK Alex Riggs; PROBABLE: FW Emilio Renteria
Philadelphia Union – OUT: MF Brian Carroll; PROBABLE: FW Levi Houapeu
In other Crew related news, defender Julius James was named to the MLS Team of the Week for his performance against New England. James scored his first ever goal for Columbus against the Revs.
Robert Warzycha coached his 100th game as Crew head coach last week. His overall record is 44-28-28.