Open Cup Leaves Crew With Everything To Play For Tonight

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Crew's slumping league form leaves the team looking at their best chance for hardware tonight, moving on in the Open Cup.

The Crew have had a week to think about the midweek disaster in Philadelphia. They may have had to wait a couple extra days to try and rebound, but now they have two in a matter of days. They head to Chicago to face the Fire in Open Cup play and then take on the East leading Montreal Impact on Saturday.

Columbus is bringing a deep pool of player for tonight's game. Designated Player Federico Higuain leads a squad that includes Glauber, Matias Sanchez, Bernardo Anor, Justin Meram, and Eric Gehrig.

Even with a strong lineup, the Crew still struggled against the USL-Pro based Dayton Dutch Lions. It took extraordinary individual efforts from Higuain and the now injured Eddie Gaven to drag Columbus into the next round. The task is much harder now the competition is another MLS team.

The Chicago Fire team they face is different from the one that has struggled most of the season, except for a dominating performance against the Crew in April. They've added forward Mike Magee and defender Bakary Soumare in recent weeks. They downed a terrible D.C. team and fought hard against the high flying Timbers. Magee has added what has been missing, goals.

Columbus hasn't won at Toyota Park since 2006, there is no reason to expect that to change in tonight's Open Cup matchup. A defeat would leave the Crew with only the MLS league season to play for, and they've struggled and are now in 7th. It's no surprise that Warzycha is putting forward a veteran team, it may be the best chance to get hardware this year.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Massive Report

You must be a member of Massive Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Massive Report. You should read them.

Join Massive Report

You must be a member of Massive Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Massive Report. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker