Columbus Crew SC travel to the Philadelphia Union on the back of a hard-fought draw in Orlando over the weekend. Crew SC found themselves down a man in the first half for the second time this season, but this time the club was able to take the lead before eventually leaving the Cirtus Bowl with a point.
Philadelphia enter the match after letting one point slip away in a 2-1 defeat with D.C. United. It was an 85th minute penalty kick, converted by Chris Rolfe, that prevented the road draw for the Union, instead handing the team its eighth defeat on the season.
Forward Fernando Aristeguieta leads Philadelphia in goals this year with three in 10 matches played. C.J. Sapong, who has only started three games in 2015, Zach Pfeffer, and Vincent Nogueira all trail Aristeguieta with two goals a piece. Cristian Maidana leads the team in the assist department with four on the year.
This is the second meeting of the season between Columbus and Philly. Columbus earned a 4-1 victory on April 25, behind two goals and an assist from winger Ethan Finlay.
Since that contest, the Union are 2-3, with two of the losses coming by a one-goal deficit.
Crew SC are 9-3-1 against Philadelphia all-time. Head coach Gregg Berhatler is yet to lose to the Union, earning a 4-0 record, but had three one-goal games with the side last year, including a dramatic three-goal comeback to eliminate Philly from playoff contention last October.
Below are facts to know heading into tonight's match, followed by how to watch the game and a projected lineup for each side.
- Kei Kamara's second half strike against Orlando, his 10th of the season, not only kept him atop the MLS scoring charts, but also made him the fastest player in Crew SC history to hit the 10-goal mark in a single season. Kamara reached 10 goals in 12 games, one faster than Guillermo Barros Schelotto in 2009.
- Justin Meram's 45 minutes played against OCSC marked his 100th appearance for the Black & Gold. He is one of 21 players to appear in 100 or more games for Crew SC.
- Columbus is 3-3-0 at PPL Park, winning two of the club's last three trips to Philadelphia.
- The game in Philly last October set two Crew SC records: the largest road comeback - down by two goals - and the fastest three goals - four minutes.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Wednesday June 3, 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: PPL Park (Chester, PA)
Watch: TWC SportsChannel (English), Univision Deportes
Listen: CD102.5 FM (English) La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish)