Come Sunday afternoon, Red Bull Arena certainly won't be short of star power.
Fresh off a 4-1 win midweek over Philadelphia, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and the Los Angeles Galaxy will try to make it 2-for-2 on their East Coast swing with a win over Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and the New York Red Bulls.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber was in Columbus on Thursday to announce the next host of the MLS Business Summit.
At a press conference held at Crew Stadium, Garber and Columbus Crew President and G.M. Marc McCullers jointly announced that Ohio's capital city would be hosting this year's business summit from September 10-12.
First the scoreboard at Columbus Crew Stadium caught fire. Then D.C. United's back line went up in flames.
Riding first-half goals from Dominic Oduro, Josh Williams and Federico Higuain, the Crew improved to 3-2-3 with a 3-0 win over United, who dropped to 1-6-1 just five months after playing in the Eastern Conference final.
Another week in which we ask ourselves, "Didn't we just play these guys?" The answer, of course, is yes - such is life at the mercy of the MLS scheduling gods (influential, though lesser, members of the soccer deity pantheon - kind of like Hades or Pan, the flute-playing half-goat thingy). Anyway, D.
The match was as cold as the pitch beneath the 22 players running on it. That was until a four-minute second half stretch when both Marco Di Vaio and Dominic Oduro scored spectacular goals for their clubs.
The result was that the Montreal Impact drew with the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Sunday afternoon at Stade Saputo, with the match being played 24 hours after it's originally scheduled time due to snowfall in Montreal.
It may still be early in the MLS campaign, and as such clubs' records must be taken with a grain of salt. But there's no denying the Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas have already established themselves as teams to beat.
On Saturday, the two sides' meeting should provide a little more clarity to the tight Western Conference table.
The struggling United attack will get a lift this weekend as captain Dwayne De Rosariois primed to return to the lineup. The club's attack has been anemic so far in 2013 scoring just two goals in five games. With Nick DeLeon on the shelf as well, getting De Rosario back is the boost that will, hopefully for D.
Dominic Oduro may finally be settling in with the Columbus Crew.
Failing to find the net in the past three matches, Oduro seized his opportunity, rifling home a second half-equalizer for the Columbus Crew in Saturday's 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union at Crew Stadium.
D.C. United is currentlyon a four-game losing streak and in spite of the offense finally coming to life in last weekend's 3-2 loss at home to the Philadelphia Union, the confidence that rode underdog United to the Eastern Conference finals last season has all but eroded. For most of United's dreadful start to the 2013 [.
Join the guys on this latest edition of the Unitemania.com podcast. While they don't call for Olsen's head (yet) they do talk about making some changes to the team. The guys discuss United's recent two losses, including the loss vs. Philadelphia and the "going up in flames" debacle in Columbus...
The game might have been mostly even, but the final score sure wasn't. D.C. United lost its fifth match in a row on Saturday night against the Columbus Crew. Some might say that United turned in a better offensive performance, but the team also gave up three goals thanks to three mistakes by Brandon McDonald.
D.C. United's abysmal start to the 2013 season hit a new low at Crew Stadium tonight, where the Black-and-Red gave up three avoidable goals in the first half en route to a 3-0 defeat. Dominic Oduro, Josh Williams, and Federico Higuain - from the penalty spot - got on the scoresheet for the Crew in a game that was delayed for 50 minutes before kickoff due to a scoreboard fire.
Shortly before the Columbus Crew's match against DC United, their stadium's scoreboard caught fire as the teams warmed up on the pitch. It's unclear how the fire started, but according to the club, it's under control and it sounds like it won't prevent them from playing the game.
Columbus Fire Dept is on the scene and is extinguishing the fire as we speak.
The last time D.C. United met the Columbus Crew, things didn't go well. The 2-1 scoreline flattered United, even if Columbus made several attempts to let us get away with a poor showing. Despite the best goal of our season thus far by Rafael, this game is perhaps better remembered for Bill Hamid making a string of huge saves and Kyle Porter's apparently good goal (I say "apparently" because the Professional Referee Organization's mea culpa concerning the initial mistake was extraordinarily generous to United in my book).
A rough start to the season for Chris Pontius and the D.C. United attack just went from bad to worse.
Pontius will miss United's trip to face the Columbus Crew on Saturday after suffering a groin strain during training Thursday. While Pontius has only notched a single assist for United (1-5-1), the left winger has gone the full 90 minutes every match and remains a dynamic piece of a D.
Another week, another home loss for D.C. United. But we soldier on, as fans, as bloggers, as podcasters. And this week, we've got what I think is a good episode for you guys. We break down what went wrong for the Black-and-Red on each of the Philadelphia Union's three goals and delve into tactical side of things.
Ben Olsen has said that he is considering moving Chris Pontius to forward to get him closer to goal and to jump start his season. While the Chicago Fire's wingers had a field day with the Columbus Crew fullbacks, I think that it is time for Olsen to shake things up; everyone knows the old phrase "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
We sing in the 50th! SATURDAY 1PM ET: For our loyal readers who have dropped by to read the usual post-home fixture article - "THE SOUTH STAND REPORT" - we regret to inform you that our regular reporter (follow him on the Twitternet @ignirtoq for malarkey) has been indisposed today.
Don't be surprised if you hear MLS fans chanting, "Stoke City, are you Columbus Crew in disguise?" if the Potters wear their new away jerseys at Stoke's pre-season friendlies in the United States this summer.
Photos have been leaked on the Internet of Stoke's new away shirt. The black jersey with yellow and white trim look very similar to a Columbus Crew home shirt from the past.
The Columbus Crew took advantage of more defensive mistakes from D.C. United and rolled to a 3-0 win tonight at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Dominic Oduro, Josh Williams and Federico Higuain all scored for the Crew in the first half to put United out of the match early. Despite a 50-minute delay to the [.
A well deserved three points was earned in this match with Jeff Larentowicz's 83rd minute header providing the difference in a 1-0 win over rival Columbus Crew. Chicago was the better team throughout the game from start to finish and limited Columbus playmaker Gonzalo Higuain to very few touches in dangerous spots while generating plenty of opportunities themselves.
The Fire will almost certainly be in direct competition in the later stages of this season with the Columbus Crew for one of the five Eastern Conference playoff berths so the importance of this match shouldn't be understated. Columbus has played well enough (although somewhatunspectacularly) to begin the season at 2-1-3 and have gone four matches without a defeat.