MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Montreal Impact

Keith Hickey
Montreal Impact 5-0 Houston Dynamo: Impact thrash Orange to go top of the East



Columbus Crew (4-4-1-1): Gruenebaum; Gehrig, George, Glauber, Wahl; Meram, Sanchez, Tchani, Speas; Higuain; Oduro.


OUT: Drew Beckie (L adductor strain), Eddie Gaven (L ACL rupture), Chad Marshall (R hamstring strain), Augustin Viana (R hamstring strain), Daniel Withrow (R foot stress reaction)

QUESTIONABLE: Josh Williams (L calf inflammation)

Montreal Impact (4-2-3-1): Perkins; Camara, Ferrari, Ouimette, Brovsky; Warner, Bernier; Mapp, Martins, Romero; Di Vaio.


OUT: Nelson Rivas (L knee surgery), Maxim Tissot (toe fracture), Andrea Pisanu (R quad strain), Davy Arnaud (concussion-like symptoms), Daniele Paponi (R hamstring strain)



  • Montreal is first in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference with 26 points, despite having played a league-fewest 12 matches.

  • Columbus is in seventh place, with 17 points from 14 matches.

  • Impact striker Marco Di Vaio is second in MLS with nine goals. To get those, he's taken a league-high 23 shots on goal.

  • Columbus has converted three penalties this season, tied for the most in MLS.

  • Montreal defender Alessandro Nesta will miss this match with a suspension.