COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM
7:30 pm ET (HDNet)
A midweek matchup of the second-place teams in each conference awaits, both sides hit by national team call-ups on the World Cup qualifying date, but also heading in different directions. For the Columbus Crew, riding their second seven-game winning streak of the season, it's the first of two games-in-hand that could close the gap between them and the Eastern Conference-leading MetroStars. For the Kansas City Wizards, it's yet another chance to take over top spot in the Western Conference from the Los Angeles Galaxy - but since getting that close, they've gone three games without a win.
REFEREE: Alex Prus. SAR (bench): Jose Corro; JAR (opposite): Chip Reed; 4th: Hilario Grajeda
MLS Career: 77 games; FC/gm: 30.7; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 18; pens: 28
Games involving Crew: P11 W4 L7 T0; FC/gm: 29.5; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 2; pens: 5
Games involving Wizards: P15 W5 L4 T6; FC/gm: 29.1; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 2; pens: 5
INJURY REPORT: KANSAS CITY WIZARDS - OUT: MD Chris Klein (L knee torn ACL); PROBABLE: MD Preki (L fractured fibula/L dislocated ankle) ... COLUMBUS CREW - NONE REPORTED
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CLB: DF Frankie Hejduk (USA, 8/18 v Jamaica); FW Erick Scott (Costa Rica Olympic team) ... KC: MD Kerry Zavagnin (USA, 8/18 v Jamaica)
YELLOW PERIL: KC: Alex Zotinca (10 CP in 2 gms); Diego Gutierrez (8 CP in 2 gms)
ALL-TIME (22 meetings): Crew 10 wins (0 shootout), 45 goals ... Wizards 9 wins (2 shootout), 35 goals ... 3 draws
IN COLUMBUS (12 meetings): Crew 6 wins (0 shootout), 23 goals ... Wizards 4 wins (1 shootout), 17 goals ... 2 draws
The Columbus Crew saw their unbeaten run extend to seven matches - matching their and the league's long for the season - when they played to a drab scoreless draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on Saturday night. The Crew made up a little ground on the MetroStars in the Eastern Conference, now six points behind on 26 points from 19 matches - but with two matches in hand.
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS
The Kansas City Wizards lost for the second consecutive match and saw their winless streak advance to three games in a 2-0 victory by the San Jose Earthquakes at Arrowhead Stadium. The Wizards were once again denied the opportunity of taking over top spot in the Western Conference, still second place in the division with 32 points from 20 matches, now two behind the Los Angeles Galaxy and just five ahead of the last-place Earthquakes.