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Columbus Crew SC Flexed on to National Television for Regular Season Finale

If you won't be at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday evening, you can catch Crew SC's regular season finale on national television.

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Soccer and Columbus Crew SC made a rather interesting announcement in regards to the Black & Gold's final regular season game against D.C. United on Sunday.

From the Crew SC press release:

In conjunction with FOX Sports, Columbus Crew SC tonight announced that its final regular-season contest against D.C. United, slated to kick-off Sunday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. ET at MAPFRE Stadium, will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1. The match was selected to be flexed into the national broadcast slot as part of Major League Soccer's new "Decision Day" platform on the final day of the 2015 MLS regular season.

As part of Decision Day, all Eastern Conference clubs' final regular-season matches kick-off simultaneously at 5:00 p.m. ET as positioning for the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs is determined. The Black & Gold (14-11-8, 50 points) enter Decision Day in third place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Sunday's opponent, D.C. United (15-12-6, 51 points). A Crew SC victory on Sunday would see Columbus move ahead of D.C. United to take second place in the Eastern Conference, as well as earn a bye from the Knockout Round of the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Sunday's contest is also slated to be broadcast locally over the radio in English on CD102.5 FM and in Spanish on La Mega 103.1 FM. Ticket information for the clash is available at ColumbusCrewSC.com.

This will mark the fourth time in 2015 the Black & Gold are on national television. The first was telecast on Univision Deportes and finished in a 2-2 draw in May at home where the Chicago Fire equalized in second half stoppage time. The Fire and Crew SC squared off again on ESPN2 in mid-July when Columbus won 3-1 at MAPFRE Stadium. The only other nationally televised game was Sept. 6 3-0 loss to FC Dallas on Fox Sports 1 last month when the Black & Gold were without nine players due to international call-ups.

Crew SC will again be short key pieces in this nationally televised contest as forward Kei Kamara and playmaker Federico Higauin will miss the match due to yellow card accumulation suspension.

Head coach Gregg Berhalter and his players have stated the goal is to play entertaining, attacking soccer and they embrace the opportunity to show the country the Crew SC style of play. This is an unexpected chance to do just that in front of a national audience, as well as lockup the Knockout Round bye in the playoffs, which is the main focus against United.