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MLS Preview: Philadelphia Union - Columbus Crew



Philadelphia Union (4-2-3-1): MacMath; Williams, Califf, Valdes, Lopez; Gomez, Carroll; Daniel, Adu, M. Farfan; Pajoy.


OUT: FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion); MF Roger Torres (L knee MCL sprain)

PROBABLE: DF Danny Califf (L hamstring strain)

Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Gruenebaum; Miranda, Gehrig, Marshall, Francis; Urso, Gaven, Anor, Mirosevic; Vargas, Renteria.


OUT: FW Ben Speas (sports hernia rehab); DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab); FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee internal injury); DF Julius James (illness)

DOUBTFUL: GK William Hesmer (R ankle sprain)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Carlos Mendes (R hamstring strain); MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain)


  • The last time these two teams met, the Union won 1-0 to snap an eight-game winless run. Counting last year's playoffs, the Union are . . . on an eight-game winless run.

  • No player on either of these teams has recorded more than a single goal this season.

  • The Crew conceded four goals last week against New York. They conceded four or more goals twice last season.

  • Philadelphia has conceded six goals in four games this season. It took The Union nine games to reach that figure in 2011.

  • Philadelphia midfielder Roger Torres will miss eight to 10 weeks with a sprained MCL.

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