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Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact Playoff Preview

Just the facts about the Crew SC's upcoming series against Montreal.

Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

How Columbus Crew SC got to the playoffs: 15 wins, 11 losses, 8 ties - 2nd place Eastern Conference

What's the outlook? Crew SC has won the last two games by a combined score of 7-0, that includes a 5-0 blanking of D.C. United. The revamped defense shut down Giovinco and has two straight shutouts. Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain are working off of two weeks of rest. There's plenty of excitement from Columbus faithful.

Upcoming opponent: Montreal Impact

How they got here: Crew SC received a bye to the semifinal round. Impact defeated Toronto to advance.

Record this season between teams: zero wins, two losses, zero ties (-4 goal differential)

Why Columbus Crew SC has the edge: Crew SC are fresher and in amazing form.

Why Montreal Impact has the edge: Didier Drogba is the great equalizer, he can score seemly at will.

Why we'll win MLS Cup: The Crew SC offense is a threat to score against any team and will keep the team in any game. The defense isn't championship level, but it's stopping some high powered teams since Gaston Sauro joined.

Why we'll fall short: Shut down Kei and Crew SC's offense can sputter. That improving defense has been very poor most of the season and could easily revert to form.