MLS Thursday Preview: Crew at Union

MLS Thursday Preview: Crew at Union

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 5, 2010
  • 2010 Week 19, Thursday Preview

Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Columbus hope to regroup in Philadelphia tonight with a win. (Getty Images)

While some folks will be focused on friendlies or SuperLiga here in Texas the rest of the league is certainly going to be focused on PPL Park tonight as the expansion Philadelphia Union host the eastern conference leaders the Columbus Crew.

The frist ever meeting for the two sides comes at a big moment for the expansion side. Philadelphia has to make a serious playoff push starting with this game if they want to be in true contention this season. This game marks the start of an important stretch of games against top competition in the league including RSL and Dallas. Getting a win tonight will only help them out in their pursuit of a playoff birth in their first season.

Columbus enters this game hoping to bounce back from a nasty loss to Chivas USA last weekend. For some reason Chivas gives this Crew side fits every time and really gives folks a way to beat the Crew. You have to limit Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s time on the ball and spread them out with quality wing play and good possession on the ball. Chivas did a good job at that and Philadelphia has to use that blueprint tonight.

I’d expect a fairly physical game tonight between these two sides. Just look at their two Polish coaches and you’ll see why this one won’t be at all clean. Peter Nowak and Robert Warzycha both employ a very physical, in-your-face style of play and it should be interesting to see it go head-t0-head tonight.

Philadelphia has to get guys like Danny Mwanga and Sebastien Le Toux involved early in this one to get by the Crew. Columbus won’t have Eddie Gavin in this one so the space in the midfield may be there to give Le Toux a little more room to work with. Also if Robbie Rogers isn’t fit enough to go for Columbus it will give Philly a slighter edge on the wings.

I see this one going to a draw though. Columbus will regroup from their nasty loss last week but will cause more trouble to the Union than what they think. Philadelphia is always good for a late goal from Mwanga too.

Player to watch out for: Alejandro Moreno – It will be interesting to see him against his old club tonight. No doubt he’ll be out to score one on them.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Columbus 1

  • Gman

    What has happened to Robbie Rogers? His form sure has tanked since that breakout season a few years ago.