Columbus Crew are the most efficient team in the MLS this year, leading the table on the East with 8-3-1 record. They were also good in the MLS Is Back tournament in Orlando, 3-0-0 in the group stage but then got eliminated after penalties exactly by Minnesota after fully dominating the game. The coach Porter has no missing players except Nagbe who is injured since 3 games.
Minnesota are not bad but have a lot of squad problems these days. The 1st and 2nd goalkeepers (Tyler Miller and Greg Ranjitsingh) are injured and since some games United rely on Dayne St Clair (his first appearance in top level competition), his backup Emmings called from the Minnesota academy is just 16 years old. Many important players in midfield and attack are out too - Osvaldo Alonso, Ethan Finlay and Luis Amarilla are injured, Jan Gregus suspended for a red card in the last game. Another one Kevin Molino left with injury in Houston and is questionable for today. With so many out the possible entrance of veteran Kei Kamara who joined from Colorado 3 days ago doesn't solve much.