United enter the match in third place in the Eastern Conference with 33 points, three behind second-place Sporting Kansas City and five points behind New York (though they have one game in hand on Sporting and two games in hand on New York). The Crew have won just one of their previous five games and currently sit in eighth place in the East on 22 points.
Joe Willis replaces the suspended Bill Hamid, while Chris Korb takes over for the injured Robbie Russell.
Tonight's D.C. United Starting Lineup: Joe Willis (GK), Chris Korb, Dejan Jakovic, Brandon McDonald, Daniel Woolard, Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, Lewis Neal, Chris Pontius, Dwayne De Rosario (Captain), Hamdi Salihi
Available D.C. United Substitutes: Andrew Dykstra (GK), Emiliano Dudar, Danny Cruz, Long Tan, Marcelo Saragosa, Maicon Santos, Josh Wolff
Columbus Crew Starting Lineup: Andy Gruenebaum (GK), Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Josh Williams, Carlos Mendes, Eddie Gaven, Chris Birchall, Cole Grossman, Dilly Duka, Justin Meram, Jairo Arrieta
Columbus Crew Available Substitutes: Matt Lampson (GK), Eric Gehrig, Julius James, Nemanja Vukovic, Tony Tchani, Ethan Finlay, Olman Vargas.
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