Preview: Crew vs. DC United

Crew look to resume with fresh legs

Crew return to action against DC United

Photo Credit: 
Tony Quinn (Getty Images)

The basics

(3-8-1; 1-4 road and 7th East) at Columbus Crew
(6-2-3; 4-1 home and T-1st East), 7:30 ET.

D.C. United leads the series 22-17-8. Columbus leads 12-7-5 at home.

TV info

Direct Kick, MatchDay Live.

What's at stake?

Both clubs are looking to start the post-World Cup break on a positive
note. You wouldn’t know it based on the standings, but the teams are
headed in opposite directions with D.C. being on the up side (2-0-1),
while the Crew are winless in three (0-2-1).

Last meeting

Oct. 17, 2009 — Luciano Emilio scored in the 17th minute and Steve
Cronin made five saves as D.C. United won 1-0 at home. Crew forward Emilio Renteria received
a red card in the 83rd minute.

Remember when?

Oct. 26, 2008 — Needing a win in the season finale to make the playoffs,
visiting D.C. United dominated the Supporters’ Shield winners but could
not find the back of the net, despite hitting the frame three times.
The Crew won 1-0 on Brad Evans’ strike from 30
yards that nicked the inside left post in the 77th minute.

Heroes & Villains:

D.C. forward Chris Pontius vs. Crew center backs – Pontius
leads the club with three goals, including two in the last outing at Seattle
FC. But at 6-foot he will be dwarfed by whatever
combination is in the middle for the Crew. There’s the possibility he
could go against former UC Santa Barbara teammate Andy Iro (6-foot-5-inches).

Crew right back vs. D.C. attack – With team captain Frankie Hejduk expected
to miss his fifth straight match (hamstring), coach Robert Warzycha must
find the best fit on the right side. The return of Danny O’Rourke
(quadriceps strain) could allow him to play center back and Eric Brunner might move to Hejduk’s spot as he
did for the last match at Colorado. Whoever is there better must be
ready – D.C. has put three on the board in two of the past three

Stat that makes you go “Hmm …”

April 24 was the last time the Crew’s Guillermo Barros
scored from the run of play. His only goal since – the
fourth of the season – came on May 15 via a penalty vs. Chivas

He said it:

“We sell them in our shop. I don’t expect we’re going to ban them or
quit selling them right now. It’s not an issue. We’ll deal with it if it
becomes one.”—Crew president/GM Mark McCullers on the vuvuzelas (air
horns) made annoyingly famous at the World Cup in South Africa.