COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM
7:30 pm ET (HDNet; FSN-SW)
The Columbus Crew and Dallas Burn meet for the third time this season - hoping that unlike their previous two encounters, there will be at least one goal in this one. The Crew's recent form wouldn't lead to an expectation that will change - Columbus has drawn their last three games, including scoreless draws in two. But after going two games without scoring a goal, the Burn exploded for five goals against D.C. United last weekend, their biggest offensive output since a team-record six goals in 2001.
REFEREE: Roni Canales. SAR (bench): David Bragg; JAR (opposite): Bill Dittmar; 4th: Ricardo Salazar
MLS Career: first game
Games involving Crew: first game
Games involving Burn: first game
INJURY REPORT: COLUMBUS CREW - DOUBTFUL: DF Stephen Herdsman (L quad strain) ... DALLAS BURN - QUESTIONABLE: DF Matt Behncke (groin strain); DF Steve Jolley (back spasms); PROBABLE: FW Jason Kreis (L knee strain
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CLB: Erick Scott (Costa Rica Olympic team)
YELLOW PERIL: CLB: Chris Wingert (9 CP in 2 gms)
ALL-TIME (25 meetings): Crew 8 wins (1 shootout), 31 goals ... Burn 11 wins (1 shootout), 36 goals ... 6 draws
IN COLUMBUS (13 meetings): Crew 5 wins (0 shootout), 21 goals ... Burn 3 wins (0 shootout), 15 goals ... 5 draws
For the third consecutive week, the Columbus Crew played to a draw on Saturday afternoon, neither team scoring a goal in their contest against the Colorado Rapids. The Crew have yet to lose in the month of July, the single point from the result pulling them into a second-place tie in the Eastern Conference with D.C. United with 21 points from 16 matches, both clubs now five points behind the MetroStars.
The Dallas Burn exploded for five goals after being shutout in back-to-back matches, taking advantage of a severely depleted D.C. United to register a 5-1 victory at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday evening. It was the biggest offensive output of the campaign for the Burn, who pulled into a third-place tie with the Colorado Rapids with 23 points from 17 matches, now 10 points behind the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Galaxy.