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MLS Matchup Report: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Columbus Crew

Whitecaps / Columbus Crew Matchup Insight

The Vancouver Whitecaps have rebounded nicely from their first slump of the 2012 season.

The 1-0 win over FC Dallas, on the end of back to back losses, demonstrated a resolve of character that was largely absent in their first season.

The ‘Caps are also rapidly getting healthy as a whole, with midfielder Michael Nanchoff eager to be back as the Ohio native looks forward to the prospect of some playing time on the road in his home state.

Unfortunately, quicksilver Vancouver forward Darren Mattocks, who played at the University of Akron in Ohio, continues to miss out with his shoulder burn.

Columbus Crew

Columbus is a team in some disarray with a debilitating spate of injuries having plagued the Crew this season. As many as six regulars could be out of the lineup this weekend.

The record of the Crew reflects the personnel turmoil as they are mired in a three game winless streak.

The danger men for Columbus include forward Olman Vargas and midfielder Milovan Mirosevic.

Whitecaps vs. Crew

The record of the Crew reflects the personnel

Vancouver

Vancouver has an ideal opportunity to obtain their first MLS win over Columbus by taking advantage of their lineup issues.

Last year the Whitecaps suffered two tight losses to the Crew in 2011, falling 2-1 in Ohio, then tumbling 1-0 to a late strike in Vancouver in the return fixture.

Omar Salgado managed to score against the Crew last year and considering his current form, another tally is a fair consideration. The Vancouver defence has its swagger back and look for them to clamp down on the Columbus replacements.

Predictions

Coach Martin Rennie’s offensive 4-3-3 formation can take real advantage over the Ohio outfit with a real push forward, led by the outstanding work rate of the inspirational Sebastien Le Toux.

Look for Camilo to also add to his goals total.

Vancouver will produce an impressive 2-0 road victory over the Columbus Crew.

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