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D.C. UNITED vs COLUMBUS CREW
RFK MEMORIAL STADIUM, Washington, D.C.
March 8, 2014 (WEEK 1, MLS Game #2)
7 p.m. ET (TWCSN-OH)
A pair of clubs looking to put disappointing seasons behind them meet in an early test in the Eastern Conference as D.C. United play host to the Columbus Crew on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium. United fell from a playoff spot in 2012 to the league’s poorest record in 2013, the largest drop in points in MLS history. The Crew begin a new era with Gregg Berhalter installed as the bench boss, missing out on the MLS Cup Playoffs for a second straight season last year.
REFEREE: Andres Pfefferkorn. SAR (bench): Yevgeniy Mednikov; JAR (opposite): Stefan McHardy; 4th: TBA
MLS Career: First game.
SUSPENDED: CLB: Dominic Oduro (through March 9)
DISABLED LIST: CLB: Matthew Wiet
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (56 meetings): United 25 wins (5 shootout), 81 goals … Crew 23 wins (0 shootout), 81 goals … Ties 8
AT RFK STADIUM (28 meetings): United 18 wins (3 shootout), 57 goals … Crew 7 wins (0 shootout), 38 goals … Ties 3
RETURN MATCHES: 4/19: Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.; 6/7: D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew, 7 p.m.
LAST YEAR (MLS):
3/23: DC 1, CLB 2 (Teixeira 22 – Williams 15; Speas 58)
4/27: CLB 3, DC 0 (Oduro 15; Williams 26; Higuain 47+)
Following the single-biggest decline in points in a single season in MLS history, D.C. United are looking for a new start in 2014. Ben Olsen does return for his fourth full season in in charge of the club, having taken over during the 2010 season.
IN: MF Davy Arnaud (12/10/13 - trade from Montreal); DF Sean Franklin (12/12/13 - Re-Entry Stage 1); DF Bobby Boswell (12/12/13 - Re-Entry Stage 1); FW Conor Doyle (12/13/13 - transfer from Derby County); FW Eddie Johnson (12/17/13 - trade from Seattle); FW Fabian Espindola (12/18/13 - Re-Entry Stage 2); DF Jalen Robinson (1/6/14 - Homegrown); DF Nana Attakora (1/9/14 - Re-Entry Stage 2); DF Jeff Parke (1/14/14 - trade from Philadelphia); DF Steve Birnbaum (1/16/14 - SuperDraft); FW Christiano François (1/24/14 - waiver draft); DF Christian Fernández (2/7/14 - free); MF Alex Caskey (3/4/14 - trade with Seattle)
OUT: FW Carlos Ruiz (10/30/13 - option declined); FW Lionard Pajoy (10/30/13 - option declined); MW Marcelo Saragosa (10/30/13 - option declined); MF Dwayne De Rosario (10/31/13 - option declined); MF Syamsir Alam (11/1/13 - option declined); DF James Riley (12/9/13 - option declined); MF John Thorrington (12/9/13 - option declined); DF Daniel Woolard (12/9/13 - option declined); DF Dennis Iapichino (12/9/13 - out of contract); DF Dejan Jakovic (1/14/14 - transferred to Shimizu S-Pulse); DF Ethan White (1/14/14 - traded to Philadelphia); FW Casey Townsend (2/19/14 - waived); GK Joe Willis (2/27/14 - loaned to Richmond); MF Collin Martin (2/27/14 - loaned to Richmond); FW Christiano François (2/27/14 - loaned to Richmond)
The Columbus Crew enter the 2014 season looking to snap a two-year drought in reaching the MLS Cup Playoffs – after having reached the postseason in every season since 2007. Gregg Berhalter has come back to North America from Sweden, taking charge of the Crew in his first MLS head coaching position, replacing Robert Warzycha.
IN: GK Brad Stuver (11/25/13 - Waiver Draft); D Waylon Francis (11/26/13 - Discovery); DF Matt Wiet (11/26/13 - Homegrown); MF Daniel Paladini (12/12/13 - trade from Chicago); GK Steve Clark (12/16/13 - trade from Seattle); DF Ross Friedman (1/8/14 - Homegrown); MF Matt Walker (1/8/14 - Homegrown); DF Michael Parkhurst (1/13/14 - rights acquired from New England); MF Hector Jimenez (1/14/14 - trade from LA Galaxy); DF Ben Sweat (2/14/14 - SuperDraft); MF Kingsley Baiden (2/14/14 - SuperDraft); DF Giancarlo Gonzalez (2/21/14 - transfer from Valerenga); FW Adam Bedell (3/5/14 - SuperDraft)
OUT: MF Eddie Gaven (10/31/13 - retired); MF Matías Sánchez (10/31/13 - waived); FW Aaron Horton (10/31/13 - waived); DF Drew Beckie (11/22/13 - option declined); DF Gláuber (11/22/13 - option declined); DF Kyle Hyland (11/22/13 - option declined); MF Danny O’Rourke (11/22/13 - option declined); MF Konrad Warzycha (11/22/13 - option declined); DF Chad Marshall (12/12/13 - traded to Seattle); GK Andy Gruenebaum (12/16/13 - traded to Kansas City); GK Daniel Withrow (3/1/14 - waived)
|Apr 28, 2013||CLB||3 - 0||DC||Columbus Crew Stadium|
|Mar 23, 2013||DC||1 - 2||CLB||RFK Stadium|
|Oct 21, 2012||DC||3 - 2||CLB||RFK Stadium|
|Aug 05, 2012||DC||1 - 0||CLB||RFK Stadium|
|Jul 22, 2012||CLB||1 - 0||DC||Columbus Crew Stadium|