COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM
7:30 pm ET (no TV)
The Columbus Crew return home after seeing their seven-match unbeaten streak ended last weekend, falling to fourth place in the Eastern Conference. But they still have a run alive at Crew Stadium, where they haven't lost since the season opener. The Colorado Rapids come to town having ended a six-hour goalless drought last weekend, but without a victory in four consecutive matches and just three draws in five away matches this season, leaving them in last place in the Western Conference and with the second-worst record in the league this season.
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): Chip Reed; JAR (opposite): Ken Kaplan; 4th: Hilario Grajeda
MLS Career: 18 games; FC/gm: 31.4; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 4; pens: 7
Games involving Crew: P3 W0 L2 T1; FC/gm: 29.0; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 0; pens: 3
Games involving Rapids: P5 W1 L3 T1; FC/gm: 23.6; Y/gm: 1.8; R: 1; pens: 1
INJURY REPORT: COLUMBUS CREW - OUT: GK Matt Jordan (L ankle sprain); DOUBTFUL: F Edson Buddle (R quadriceps strain); PROBABLE: D Stephen Herdsman (R knee sprain) ... COLORADO RAPIDS - OUT: DF Jeff Stewart (R knee); FW Zizi Roberts (R knee swelling); QUESTIONABLE: DF Gary Sullivan (groin strain); MD Mark Chung (L quadriceps strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: None.
SUSPENDED: COL: Kyle Beckerman (through June 27); Darryl Powell (through June 27); John Spencer (through June 27)
YELLOW PERIL: none
ALL-TIME (18 meetings): Crew 4 wins (1 shootout), 25 goals ... Rapids 11 wins (2 shootout), 32 goals ... 3 draws
AT COLUMBUS: (10 meetings): Crew 3 wins (1 shootout), 17 goals ... Rapids 5 wins (1 shootout), 21 goals ... 2 draws
The Columbus Crew saw their unbeaten streak ended at seven games, done in by three first-half goals as D.C. United rolled to a 3-1 victory Saturday night at RFK Stadium. The result lifted United ahead of the Crew into a tie for second place in Eastern Conference, Columbus now in fourth with 15 points from 11 matches, just two behind the East-leading Chicago Fire.
The Colorado Rapids failed to win for the fourth consecutive match, scoring for the first time in six hours before settling for a 1-1 home draw with the Dallas Burn. The result left the Rapids firmly at the foot of the Western Conference with 12 points from 11 matches, three behind the Burn and nine out of first place.