D.C. United (10-6-3) at Columbus (6-7-4), 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Columbus Crew and D.C. United will both be
trying to bounce back on Saturday when the two sides tangle at Crew Stadium.
Both teams sustained shutout losses in their last matches and both will be
trying to turn around slumps in recent weeks.
The Crew has lost three of its last four games and has struggled to find the
back of the net all season, while United was hammered 4-0 in Houston last time
Columbus has been blanked six times this season and has managed just 17 goals
in 17 games, the second fewest in MLS.
But head coach Robert Warzycha may get some help in the form of Costa Rican
international Jairo Arrieta, who started up top alongside Emilio Renteria and
played 62 minutes against Sporting.
"It was a tough game against a very good team. I thought they marked (Arrieta)
very well, (Matt) Besler and (Aurelien) Collin," Warzycha said. "He didn't
have too much room to show us what he can really do. In the first half, I
don't think we had any flank play. We didn't put in any crosses. Maybe we just
took care of the ball too much in the back and that's why we didn't create too
many chances. So for him, if the ball is not getting in the box, he can't
Warzycha will be hoping for an increase in productivity in the final third,
but he also shook up his back four against Kansas City, moving around Josh
Williams and Bernardo Anor to give his team a new look.
"We weren't playing well. You change the lineup or the players, obviously
you're going to play better," said Warzycha of the change. "I think Josh and
Bernardo, other than the two mistakes, they played a good game. With Bernardo
against Kamara and Josh against Sapong, I think they had a good game."
But Warzycha will not be able to continue with that setup the rest of the
season as Anor sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament against Sporting
and will be sidelined for 8-10 months.
United is coming off of a heavy 4-0 defeat at Houston that saw goalkeeper Bill
Hamid sent off after 17 minutes. And even though Olsen didn't expect his team
to come away with three points, he was still disappointed with how they
"I thought that we could have been meaner," said Olsen. "I thought that we
could have been angrier. I thought our shape could have been better and simply
just keep the game 1-0 as long as you can. We got a little stretched, we got
impatient, not everybody was working as hard as they could, so that was
alarming and we will address that."
Joe Willis will take the place of the suspended Hamid between the posts, and
he will try to keep United in the top three in the Eastern Conference with a