Eastern Conference Roundup: March 18
Through three weeks of play, the Crew sits in third-place in the MLS Eastern Conference Standings on four points. Here's a look at how the rest of the Eastern Conference's nine clubs fared over the weekend:
1. Montreal Impact - 9 pts. - Week Three: 2-1 win vs. Toronto FC
The Impact has come out of the gates with guns a-blazing in 2013 to earn nine points from its first three matches. Following statement victories on the road in Seattle and Portland to kick off the season, the Quebec side took down Canadian rival Toronto FC in front of 37,000+ fans at Olympic Stadium on Saturday to remain at the top of the table.
2. Philadelphia Union - 6 pts. - Week Three: 1-0 win vs. New England Revolution
After a disappointing home loss to Sporting Kansas City to open the season, the Union have rebounded to rattle off back-to-back victories against the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution. With Sebastien Le Toux back in town to compliment a budding star in striker Jack McInerney, Philadelphia is hopeful to return to the playoffs in 2013 after missing out in 2012.
3. Columbus Crew - 4 pts. - Week Three: 1-1 draw vs. San Jose Earthquakes
4. Sporting Kansas City - 4 pts. - Week Three: 0-0 draw vs. Chicago Fire
Sporting KC bounced back from last week's 2-1 loss to Toronto FC to pick up a point in a scoreless draw against the Chicago Fire in the club's home opener. Sporting will face a difficult task this week as the team travels to New England without Graham Zusi and Matt Besler, who have been summoned for U.S. National Team duty.
5. D.C. United - 4 pts. - Week Three: 0-0 draw at New York Red Bulls
United took care of business over the weekend, picking up a road point at New York as goalkeeper Bill Hamid continued his stellar play to begin 2013 to fend off seven Red Bull shots on goal to preserve the shutout. Playmaker Dwayne De Rosario made his season debut against New York after missing the opening two matches due to suspension.
6. Houston Dynamo - 3 pts. - Week Three: 3-2 loss at FC Dallas
As if losing in stoppage time to rivals FC Dallas didn't hurt enough, the Dynamo lost striker Will Bruin to an apparent hamstring injury early on in the second half of Sunday's rivalry match. A return to BBVA Compass Stadium, where Houston has yet to be defeated, will be welcome this week as the Dynamo host Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
7. Toronto FC - 3 pts. - Week Three: 2-1 loss at Montreal Impact
Despite the weekend loss, Ryan Nelsen's Reds continue to show promise as striker Robert Earnshaw tallied his third goal in as many matches. Toronto FC is idle this week as Nelsen will prepare his players for its next match on March 30 against the LA Galaxy.
8. New England Revolution - 3 pts. - Week Three: 1-0 loss at Philadelphia Union
The Revs will look to regroup following a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia over the weekend as it welcomes Sporting Kansas City for its home opener this week. New England will look for another goalscoring option against Sporting as striker Jerry Bengtson will be with Honduras for World Cup Qualifiers.
9. New York Red Bulls - 2 pts. - Week Three: 0-0 draw vs. D.C. United
The Red Bulls had plenty of opportunities, as they forced 24 shots Bill Hamid's way in Saturday's draw against D.C. United. Though their attempts were fruitless, the strike combo of Thierry Henry and Fabián Espíndola looks to be one of the most dangerous attacks in MLS.
10. Chicago Fire - 1 pt. - Week Three: 0-0 draw at Sporting Kansas City
The Fire picked up its first point over the weekend in a scoreless draw in Kansas City, but the Men in Red have yet to find the back of the net thus far in 2013. Chicago will host Chivas USA this weekend without starting goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who has been called-up for International duty.