There is a little talk about Kei Kamara facing his former club for the second time this season, but that is overshadowed by the fact that neither team is doing well as both are outside the playoff spots.
The Crew SC offense might finally be back on track with a fully fit Federico Higuain or they could have just been facing a paper thin New York City FC team last weekend. Either way, it's a positive when the team scores three and it's the once silent wingers chipping in. Ethan Finlay scored twice with Justin Meram adding two more.
Columbus faces an even worse defense in the Revolution's. New England's -15 goal difference is the worst in the league. A more potent Crew SC attack can look to see some good chances to convert and now there are more players who are finishing.
The Columbus defense still struggles, but Nicolai Naess appears to be a real find on defense. He came up with some excellent tackles and snuffed out other chances before they could blossom in his debut last week. He'll be tested by Kei Kamara.
The former Crew SC striker has come back to earth after his scintillating 2015, but he still has nine goals on the year. He's added four in the 13 games since the trade to the five he had in Columbus. While Kamara hasn't repeated his MVP worth season, he's still a handful and the focal point for a Revolution offense that is still trying to utilize him to the fullest.
Lee Nguyen remains the Revolution's most dangerous player. While the offense is struggling, Nguyen's five goals and seven assists are proof that he's still able to create bits of magic with the ball at his feet.
Keys to the Match
- Get the first goal: Winless on the road, Crew SC don't need to make the job harder by conceding early. A quick goal may not guarantee a win (see last week), but it takes a little pressure off the porous defense.
- The size matchup: Few strikers are as physical as Kei Kamara and it's hard to deny him service. He can turn a half chance on a cross into a goal better than most. Crew SC need to keep a body on him, especially the athletic Nicolai Naess to limit Kamara's chances around goal.
- The transition game: Tony Tchani provides the physicality in the Crew SC midfield as Federico Higuain, Mohammed Saied, and Wil Trapp are especially prone to getting pushed out of the way. The rest of the midfield, especially Justin Meram will have help slow the Revolution transition game.
How to Watch
Date/Time: August 20th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Television: CW Columbus, TWC SportsChannel
Online: MLS Live
Radio: CD 102.5 (English), La Mega 103.1 (Spanish)