BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – The Columbus Crew will focus on the present, and not dwell on the past Sunday night when they face the Colorado Rapids for the first time since losing to the eventual MLS Cup champions in last season's playoffs.
Looking to win consecutive games for the first time in almost a year, the Crew try to continue their regular season home success against the Rapids.
After losing 1-0 at Colorado in the first leg of the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, Columbus won the return match 2-1, but the Rapids advanced by winning 5-4 in a penalty shootout.
Though the Crew (5-4-6) have not forgotten that series, coach Robert Warzycha has no intention of playing the revenge card this time. Especially since his club is 4-0-2 during the regular season at home versus Colorado (5-4-7) since the Rapids won 2-1 there exactly seven years ago June 26, 2004.
"Come on. What's revenge?" Warzycha told the Crew's official website. "You'd have to play revenge every game against every single team.
"It's a new season. If you have to remember every single thing you did in the past, how are going to move on with your life? That's why you're playing this year. There's new expectations. You have to take something positive from each game and go forward."
Warzycha's club has done that by winning two of three, most recently 2-0 over Houston on June 18. The Crew have not won consecutive league games since July 17-24.
"We are going in the right direction," he said.
Bernardo Anor had a goal and an assist in his first career start and Andres Mendoza scored his team-leading fifth of the season and fourth in five matches.
"We need to believe in (Mendoza) and see a little bit of trust from the players around him," Warzycha said.
"We have to make sure we know where they are in the box," Warzycha said. "They produced a lot of goals last year and are going to try to do the same thing this year."
Cummings assisted on Casey's third goal of the year in a 3-1 loss to Los Angeles on June 18 that ended the Rapids' nine-game unbeaten streak (2-0-7). All of Casey's goals have come over the last four contests.
Cummings returned to action after missing seven games with a sprained ankle.
Colorado is expected to welcome back gritty midfielder Brian Mullan, who completed an MLS-record 10-game suspension for a tackle that broke the leg of Seattle's Steve Zakuani on April 22.
"I love to win, love to play hard, love to give it all," Mullan told the Rapids' official website. "These last two months have given me an even greater appreciation for that. So I'll go out there like I've done my whole career and do whatever the team needs me to do."
The Rapids have not lost consecutive matches since a three-game skid April 8-22.