Gamethread: Chivas USA Vs. Columbus Crew, 3/2/13

Bowen gets the somewhat surprising start. - Thearon W. Henderson

It is time for the game! Chivas USA host the Columbus Crew for their opening match of the 2013 MLS regular season (7:30 pm PT, MLS Live). The Crew has made some big changes heading into the season, and Chivas...have made massive changes (no pun intended). The optimism runs high, both teams feel refreshed and ready to take on the season, now we just need to see them play the game! Who will emerge on top after tonight?

If you missed it, be sure to take a look at the match preview from this morning. I'm here at the HDC and will be providing the usual observations and basic play-by-play in the comment section below. Feel free to jump in on the discussion! We want to hear what you have to say!

On to the lineups...

Chivas USA starting XI: Dan Kennedy, Mario de Luna, Joaquin Velazquez, Walter Vilchez; Eric Avila, Edgar Mejia, Laurent Courtois, Giovani Casillas, Marvin Iraheta, Julio Morales, Tristan Bowen

Chivas bench: Tim Melia, Bobby Burling, Carlos Alvarez, Josue Soto, Jose Correa, Miller Bolanos, Juan Agudelo

Columbus Crew starting XI: Andy Gruenebaum; Josh Williams, Chad Marshall, Glauber, Tyson Wahl; Dominic Oduro, Danny O'Rourke, Agustin Viana, Eddie Gaven, Federico Higuain; Jairo Arrieta

Columbus bench: Matt Lampson, Drew Beckie, Tony Tchani, Matias Sanchez, Ben Speas, Ethan Finlay, Ryan Finley

Arriba las Chivas!

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