Pregame 23: Revs @ Crew
This game is looking like the main event with a playoff atmosphere. The Crew stand in first place while the Revs are two points back and the first game in May was a tightly contested game settled by a late penalty. While both teams are missing some players, it is setup to be another high spirited game.
Crew on Offense: Moreno will be out, but the Crew have plenty of options to fill in while he is in South America. Pat Noonan is eager to get a chance to face his old team and Jason Garey and Steven Lenhart have done well when on the field. The reinforcements also include Emmanuel Ekpo, back from China via Nigeria. Despite the offensive options, the Crew still will be looking towards Schelotto to lead the team. He has been in excellent form and that has resulted in three straight Crew wins. I think the key will end up being the play of the two Crew wingers. Eddie Gaven has been playing very well of late and I expect Robbie Rogers to take advantage of the three man Revolution back line to make the difference.
Crew on Defense: Hejduk will be playing down in Cuba so the back line will shuffle again. They will face an injury ravaged Revs offense. Twellman will be the only forward available to the Revs. I am very interested to see how Brian Carroll and Brad Evans handles Shalrie Joseph. With a lack of regular offensive options, I expect to see Joseph push up further. The Crew will have to play the very solid team defense of the last few weeks as New England still has a few dangerous weapons available.
Final Thoughts: The Crew should have the skill and personnel to score on a solid Revolution defense. The Crew defense will need to be solid against a proud New England Team. I think the Crew will have enough to win the game and extend the Eastern conference lead to 5 points.
Revolution 0 – Crew 2