August 21, 2012
A look at the upcoming games
Toronto FC (5-14-5, 20 pts)@ Columbus Crew (8-8-6, 30 pts), 7:30 pm ET (GolTV-Can, FSO)
Toronto FC visits the Columbus Crew on Wednesday for a match postponed from August 11due to the death of Crew rookie Kirk Urso. In 14 all-time meetings between the teams, Toronto FC have won just once -- a 4-2 victory last September 10 at Columbus Crew Stadium, snapping a 12-game winless run vs. the Crew. More recently, the Reds are winless in four games after last weekendís 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City. They also have dropped one match to Columbus already this season, falling 1-0 on March 31, with Bernardo Anor scoring the deciding goal. The Crew are coming off a 2-2 road draw with Houston. Cole Grossmanís first MLS goal knotted the score at 1-1, and Eddie Gaven scored in the 61st minute to give the Crew a 2-1 lead that they were unable to hold. Designated Player Federico Higuain came off the bench for his second half, and collected his first MLS assist on Gavenís goal.
Chicago Fire (12-7-5, 41 pts) @ DC United (11-8-4, 37 pts), 7:30 pm ET (CSN-Chi, CSNMA)
The Chicago Fire put their four-game unbeaten streak on the line Wednesday night when they head into the nation's capital for a game against Eastern Division rival DC United. The clubs are separated now by four points in the East, the Fire holding the edge and third place in the standings, ahead of fifth-place United. The Fire have won three games in a row to move ahead, coming off a 2-1 home win at the weekend vs. New England, while United are coming off a contentious 1-1 home draw with Philadelphia Union that snapped their seven-game RFK Stadium winning streak. Chis Rolfe has played a major role in Chicagoís recent run of success, scoring twice against the Philadelphia Union, then converting a penalty kick after he was tackled in the area by New England defender AJ Soares this past Sunday. D.C. United enter the match after a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union Sunday afternoon at RFK Stadium and will be without the services of Branko Boskovic and Emiliano Dudar on Wednesday after both players were ejected from Sunday's match. Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius spearhead the DC attack, and the team recently picked up Colombian striker Lionard Pajoy from Philadelphia. United has not fallen at RFK Stadium since March 10, 2012, a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.