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Becks come to town

Posted on 03 October 2008 by cgrzan

After a crucial victory, the first place Columbus Crew welcomes the struggling Los Angeles Galaxy to Crew Stadium on Saturday. Capturing The Supporters’ Shield could be imminent for the Crew, who shutout its Eastern Conference rival New England Revolution in a 1-0 contest.

With four games left on the schedule, Columbus enters the final weeks of the season with soaring confidence and a record that supports it. The Crew has strung a pair of wins together in its last two outings, but is 6-0-1 overall in its last seven matches, which is its longest streak of the season without a loss.

At the season’s halfway mark, it appeared the Galaxy would be a playoff contender. However, the Galaxy underachieved in the second half and is just 2-7-5 since June 14, which is good enough for sixth place in the Western Conference. It will not get any easier for the Galaxy, who still has Colorado, Houston and FC Dallas remaining on its schedule. All three teams are seated above LA in the Western Conference.

The Crew leads the all-time series between the two teams with a 13-9 record, including a mark of 6-2 at Columbus. The Galaxy has not won a season series with the Crew since 2003.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto is listed as probable for the game, while Frankie Hejduk is suspended.

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