The Philadelphia Union are not only looking to end their eight game winless skid, but also to gain"six" points tonight against the visiting Columbus Crew.
On top of the Eastern Conference, the Crew widened their lead over the Union in August, beating a struggling Union 2-1 in Columbus. At the time those three points were important, as the Union had the opportunity to catch back up to the Crew, but instead fell farther down the playoff standings.
This time around, the 'six' point swing is almost as important to the Union. Another three points would bring Philadelphia within one point of the second place Sporting Kansas City, and two of the Crew in the standings, with a game-in-hand on Columbus. The Union would have the chance to make up those two points on Columbus against Kansas City next week. Additionally, three points against the Crew would enable the Union to turn the SKC away game into another 'win-and-move-up' game in the standings.
Crew: W-W-L-L-T (first in Eastern Conference)
Union: T-L-L-T-T (third in Eastern Conference)
Projected Starting Line Up (Union):
Zac MacMath; Gabriel Farfan, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll, Freddy Adu, Roger Torres, Veljko Paunoivc; Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga
OUT: Levi Houapeu, Justin Mapp - QUESTIONABLE: Paunovic