The Columbus Crew travel to Seattle to take on the Sounders during Saturday afternoon (4:00 pm). The Crew are 11-7-7 (40 points) this year, and are currently in first place in the Eastern Conference. The Sounders are 12-5-9 (45 points), and are sitting in second place in the West.
Columbus is coming off a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union last Saturday. Forwards Emilio Renteria and Andres Mendoza scored both goals. Seattle most recently played on Tuseday in the CONCACAF Champions League in Mexico against Monterrey, winning 1-0, and becoming only the second MLS team to win a competitive match south of the border.
When the two teams met at Crew Stadium earlier in the season, the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Freddy Montero scored for Seattle, while Emilio Renteria scored for Columbus.
Goalie Andy Gruenebaum didn’t make the trip to Seattle due to a thumb injury. Alex Riggs will be backing up William Hesmer instead.
Prediction: Crew 2-2 Sounders
Since Sigi Schmid left Columbus after the 2008 season to coach Seattle, the Crew haven’t been able to beat their previous coach. That will probably remain the case on Saturday, but a strong performance from the Crew can make a draw a very reasonable goal. However, if Columbus can continue to improve their play after last week’s win against the Union, a first ever win against the Sounders should definitely not be ruled out.
Columbus Crew – OUT: MF Tony Tchani; MF Eddie Gaven; GK Andy Gruenebaum; DOUBTFUL: DF Shaun Francis; DF Korey Veeder; PROBABLE: FW Emilio Renteria; MF Rich Balchan; FW Jeff Cunningham
Seattle Sounders – OUT: MF Michael Seamon; MF Steve Zakuani; FW O’Brian White ; QUESTIONABLE: DF Patrick Ianni