The Crew host rivals D.C. United this afternoon at Crew Stadium (4:00 pm) in a game that has many playoff implications. If the playoffs were to start today, Columbus would make it by way of the third wild card spot. D.C. would miss the playoffs by only two points. I can guarantee that both teams will come out firing for all three points on Sunday.
Columbus is currently sitting on 41 points (11-12-8). D.C. is on 38 points (9-9-11), but with two games in hand on the Crew.
D.C. is coming off a 3-2 loss against the Union in Philadelphia on Thursday night. The Crew most recently lost at Sporting Kansas City, 2-1, on Wednesday.
When the two teams met in the first game of the season, D.C. came away with a 3-1 victory. Forwards Josh Wolff and Charlie Davies (two) scored the goals for United, and Robbie Rogers scored on a penalty kick for the Crew.
Rogers won’t be playing today. He strained his hamstring in the Kansas City game this week. However, Eddie Gaven is expected to make his return to the field for the first time since picking up a bone bruise against Colorado on August 5th.
Prediction: Crew 2-0 United
The Crew are winless in their last six. They will win today. That is all.
Columbus Crew- OUT: MF Tony Tchani; MF Robbie Rogers; QUESTIONABLE: DF Rich Balchan; PROBABLE: MF Danny O’Rourke; MF Eddie Gaven; DF Chad Marshall
D.C. United- OUT: MF Branko Boskovic; MF Chris Pontius; DF Jed Zayner; QUESTIONABLE: DF Dejan Jakovic; DF Ethan White; PROBABLE: GK Steve Cronin; Dwayne De Rosario