The Columbus Crew travel to Philadelphia to take on the Union at PPL Park on Saturday night (7:30). The Crew are currently sitting on 41 points (11-9-8) and in first in the Eastern Conference. They are 3-0-0 all-time against Philadelphia. The Union are 8-7-12 (36 points) are are currently tied for third in the East.
When the two teams faced off earlier in the year at Crew Stadium, Columbus came away with a 2-1 win behind goals from the forward duo of Andres Mendoza and Emilio Renteria. Veljko Paunovic scored for Philadelphia.
Columbus is coming off a 2-2 tie on Wednesday night against the Houston Dynamo. Andres Mendoza scored both Crew goals on penalty kicks. Philadelphia most recently played last Saturday at home, where they tied the Portland Timbers, 0-0.
Crew captain Chad Marshall didn’t make the trip to Philly after straining his left hip flexor in the first half of Wednesday’s game. Midfielder Emmanuel Ekpo won’t be available either, as he picked up a red card against Houston.
Prediction: Crew 1-0 Union
Columbus got their feet back underneath them on Wednesday after two horrendous games where they gave up a combined total of 10 goals. The Crew have never lost to Philadelphia before, and I’m sure they don’t want that to change anytime in the near future (especially after losing to Toronto for the first time ever last week). The Union haven’t won an MLS game since July 17th. Expect Columbus to come out fighting and take home three points.
Columbus Crew – OUT: FW Emilio Renteria; MF Eddie Gaven; MF Bernardo Anor; DOUBTFUL: DF Chad Marshall; DF Rich Balchan; MF Corey Veeder; QUESTIONABLE: GK Andy Gruenebaum; GK Alex Riggs
Philadelphia Union – OUT: GK Faryd Mondragon; MF Justin Mapp; FW Levi Houapeu; QUESTIONABLE: FW Veljko Paunovic