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Chivas USA Vs. Portland TImbers
Sunday May 12, 2013 5:00PM ET
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oming off a last minute Edson Buddle winner the Colorado Rapids travel to Crew Stadium for an inter-conference battle against Columbus Crew, both sides come in holding on to the 5 th place in its respective conferences and have similarly even records that shapes this mid-table clash.
Columbus is a side that has quite a few options and a decent amount of versatility in its attack, however much of the positive play runs through Argentine playmaker Federico Higuain who makes the likes of Jairo Arrieta, Eddie Gaven and Dominic Oduro better and puts them in positions to succeed. Coach Robert Warzycha will be relying on the defensive spine led by goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to stay compact and composed against a Rapids side that play a possession based game under coach Óscar Pareja. The visitors managed to pick up a vital win while dealing with a slew of injury issues to key players, however throughout the season he’s got quality performances from rookies Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown, both Martin Rivero and Pablo Mastroeni have come back from long injury layoffs and the best performer has been stand in goalkeeper Clint Irwin who has stepped in well for the injured Matt Pickens.
I’m going with a Draw in this match, both sides have the capability to score goals but are mired in mid-table and are very similar tactically.