Preview: Crew vs. Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls (8-5-2, 26 points; 2nd in Eastern Conference) at Columbus Crew (8-3-4, 28 points; 1st Eastern Conference)
All-time series even at 22-22-5; the Crew lead 13-9-3 in Columbus
7:30 p.m. ET, ONN-TV (HD on TWC Ch. 1310), MLS DirectKick, MatchDay Live
What's at Stake
Nothing much, really – just first place. The Red Bulls look to move past a mentally wounded Crew in their last match before Thierry Henry debuts. The Crew want to show that Wednesday’s surprising 1-0 loss to Kansas City was a fluke and reestablish Crew Stadium as a fortress.
On May 20, the Crew won 3-1 in their first trip to Red Bull Arena despite missing suspended forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Eddie Gaven moved up top and had a goal and an assist. Andy Iro and Emilio Renteria’s first goal in MLS completed the scoring. Tony Tchani also opened his league scoring account for the Red Bulls, but the Crew were dominant.
...Columbus won 3-1 in the MLS Cup on Nov. 23, 2008? The Crew do, and seem to like the score.
Heroes & villains
Juan Pablo Angel vs. Chad Marshall: The Red Bulls’ All-Star forward goes against the Crew’s All-Star center back. The outcome could hinge on the winner.
Crew attack vs. Tim Ream: The New York rookie played like a rookie in the teams' first meeting this season, but has started every match and continues to improve. The Crew will try to rattle him again.
Stat that makes you go “Hmm...”
The Crew have not scored in 225 minutes and have been blanked in two of the past four home games.
He said it
“We’re going to have fresher legs in there. Guys are dying to play and guys who played are going to want to make up for [Wednesday].” – Crew midfielder Adam Moffat on the possible lineup change.