COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM
7:30 pm ET (CSN-DC)
A week ago the Columbus Crew became the first team to book passage into the MLS Cup Playoffs - now they are looking to extend their four-point advantage atop the Eastern Conference that would provide home-field advantage throughout the postseason. They entertain a D.C. United which has started to gel at the right time, winning convincingly over the last two weekends in cementing their hold on third place in the East - though now just three points behind the second-place MetroStars.
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): George Gansner; JAR (opposite): Jose Corro; 4th: Baldomero Toledo
MLS Career: 24 games; FC/gm: 31.3; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 5; pens: 11
Games involving Crew: P5 W0 L3 T2; FC/gm: 30.0; Y/gm: 4.2; R: 1; pens: 4
Games involving United: P5 W4 L0 T1; FC/gm: 38.8; Y/gm: 4.8; R: 0; pens: 2
INJURY REPORT: COLUMBUS CREW - OUT: DF Stephen Herdsman (L groin strain); GK Matt Jordan (R calf strain) ... D.C. UNITED - OUT: FW Thiago Martins (L knee surgery)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
YELLOW PERIL: CLB: Nelson Akwari (20 CP); Frankie Hejduk (20 CP); Chris Wingert (19 CP) ... DC: Alecko Eskandarian (10 CP additional); Josh Gros (18 CP); Mike Petke (18 CP); Ben Olsen (additional 11 CP)
ALL-TIME (31 meetings): Crew 11 wins (0 shootout), 50 goals ... United 15 wins (5 shootout), 49 goals ... 6 draws AT COLUMBUS: (15 meetings): Crew 8 wins (0 shootout), 29 goals ... United 4 wins (2 shootout), 17 goals ... 3 draws
The Columbus Crew became the first team to clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs and extended their unbeaten streak to 13 games - the second-longest in league history and the longest ever single-season mark - in a 4-2 victory against the MetroStars in a battle of the Eastern Conference's top two teams. The Crew are now on 40 points from 25 matches, four ahead of the MetroStars, trailing the Kansas City Wizards by a point in the race for the MLS Supporters Shield (but with a match in hand).
D.C. United won back-to-back matches for the first time all season, hitting for three goals for the second consecutive match as they reversed a 3-1 away loss to the Chicago Fire with a similar scoreline at RFK Stadium on Saturday night. United remained in third place in the Eastern Conference with 33 points from 26 matches, four points ahead of fourth-place Chicago, now three points behind the second-place MetroStars.