The Crew finish up round robin play at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic against home side Orlando City at 6pm tonight. Columbus has defeated Toronto FC last Saturday and the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday; a win or tie tonight will ensure the Black and Gold move on to the Championship Game next Saturday night.
More importantly, this is a chance to run out the starting lineup and get more game fitness in. The Crew reserves played Kansas City this morning. It's likely that the starters are going to play nearly a full match with the opening game against Chivas USA a mere two weeks away.
The return of Eddie Gaven and Jairo Arrieta this week gives the team a nearly full roster. Robert Warzycha is likely to roll out his first XI, with Josh Williams, Glauber, Chad Marshall, and Tyson Wahl at the back. Agustin Viana and Matias Sanchez should function as the double pivot with Gaven inverted on the left and Dominic Oduro on the right. Federico Higuain will be in the middle of it all, right behind Arrieta.
The full first team has had only thirty minutes to play together this preseason with Gaven, Arrieta, Sanchez, Glauber, and Viana all missing time. It's vital that tey begin to build a level of chemistry and comfort with each other.
The opponent, USL-Pro team Orlando City, is 0-1-1 so far in the tourney. They tied the Union last week and were unfortunate to be shut out by Toronto FC. Orlando pressured the Toronto defense throughout the first half, but were unable to break through. Toronto would score three second half goals to make the game a blowout.
As with all of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic matches, this game will be streamed on MLSSoccer.com.