Columbus will be missing several starters. Wil Trapp is injured. Tony Tchani, Harrison Afful, Justin Meram are on international duty. Rodrigo Saravia would be in the lineup if he wasn’t with the Guatemalan national team. The lineup will change again.
Likewise, LA will be missing plenty of players too. Starters Gyasi Zardes, Steven Gerrard, and Jelle Van Damme are out. Robbie Keane is returning from international duty is up in the air if he will start or even be in town by game day. The team also just transferred Nigel De Jong midweek. They are short on creative talent.
Without Gerrard and even Keane, the goal scoring burden will fall to Designated Player Giovani dos Santos to conjure some magic for a team that has struggled to score and win lately. The Galaxy haven’t won in six games and seven goals during that stre
Columbus will be remaking the lineup with a new look midfield that could include Hector Jimenez, Nicolai Naess, Michael Parkhurst, in addition to Mohammed Saied. With the absence of Justin Meram, Dilly Duka or Cedrick Mabwati will take over on the left with the possibility that the other will fill in for the injured Federico Higuain who has been hampered by some inflammation related to his recent surgery.
Keys to the Match
- Get Settled Quickly: Facing extreme changes in the lineup, Crew SC will have to get used to each other at game speed. That’s especially important whoever is lining up in a midfield that will be missing Tchani and Trapp.
- Play to strengths: While Crew SC are normally a possession team, they might have to rely on the counter. Mabwati and Finlay provide plenty of speed to counter against an LA team missing plenty of players.
- Midfield has to step up: With so many players out, Crew SC will need big plays on both sides of the ball, LA can score quickly, but they need service. That reconsistuted midfield will have to limit those chance creations.
How to Watch
Date/Time: September 3rd, 2016 at 10:30 p.m. EST
Venue: StubHub Carson, CA
Television: CW Columbus, TWC SportsChannel
Online: MLS Live
Radio: CD 102.5 (English), La Mega 103.1 (Spanish)