After a two week break, the Crew are back in action tonight as they travel to face the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium (7:30 pm). Columbus is currently in possession of a playoff spot, but they don’t want to rely on other teams to get the results they need. The Crew need to take their last two games of the regular season by the horns and pick up the three points that will secure them a spot.
New England is sitting in last place in MLS, with only 27 points (5-15-12) from 32 games. Meanwhile, Columbus is in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, with a total of 44 points (12-12-8).
The Revolution are coming off a 2-1 loss at the hands of the San Jose Earthquakes last Saturday night. The Crew haven’t played since October 2nd, when they came from behind to take down D.C. United, 2-1.
Columbus hosted New England earlier this season on August 13th. The Crew let in a goal right before the half to Benny Feilhaber, but their three second half goals secured a victory against the team from six states.
Robbie Rogers is listed as questionable, but he will not be playing tonight due to a hamstring injury. Emilio Renteria, Rich Balchan, Danny O’Rourke, and captain Chad Marshall are all expected to available to play.
Prediction: Crew 3-1 Revolution
New England is on a four game losing streak. Columbus is coming off a great victory against their rivals from the nation’s capital. Andres Mendoza and Renteria should be starting together up top, and Marshall will be back to anchor the defense. A solid victory should be in the cards for a team that just needs one win to clinch a playoff spot.
Columbus Crew – OUT: MF Tony Tchani; QUESTIONABLE: MF Robbie Rogers; MF Cole Grossman; PROBABLE: FW Tommy Heinemann; DF Chad Marshall; MF Danny O’Rourke; DF Rich Balchan
New England Revolution – OUT: MF Stephen McCarthy; GK Matt Reis; DF A.J. Soares; QUESTIONABLE: FW Alan Koger; PROBABLE: FW Ryan Kinne; FW Rajko Lekic; MF Sainey Nyassi