Columbus Crew SC heads west to kickoff the first of three games in eight games. The Black & Gold have gotten results in two straight games. They face a Seattle Sounders team that has struggled mightily in the early season. Their lone win was against Minnesota United two weeks ago.
Decimated by injuries, the home side is looking to turn their season around, one that sees them at the foot of the Western Conference.
FT: Crew SC 0 Sounders 0
2 minutes of stoppage time as Crew SC attempt to hold on in Seattle.`
86’ Jimenez takes a Jahn flick and runs towards goal. Fires a shot that’s right to Frei. Not a bad effort all things considered.
82’ Dempsey goes down in the box with Lalas right on him. Sounders wanted a call, but none was given.
78’ Adam Jahn on for Crew SC. He replaces Zardes.
73’ Pass back to the middle, Dempsey fires a shot on frame… but Steffen comes up HUGE! 0-0
66’ Mohammed Abu in for Clark for Crew SC.
58’ Dempsey with a first-time shot. But it hits the same spot that Zardes’ first half shot did, the end boards wide of the goal.
55’ Dempsey goes right into the wall. Trapp also got a yellow card during all that.
53’ Jimenez makes a tackle in the box to clear a ball. Comes back a with a shot wide, but the referee brings it back for a dangerous free kick for the Sounds.
48’ Pipa sends a free kick into the box, but Lalas heads it wide.
Sounders begin the second half tied at zero with Crew SC. Black & Gold playing with 10 men.
HT: Crew SC 0 Sounders 0
43’ Roldan takes a touch from the top corner of the box and fires a shot. It’s just high of Steffen’s goal.
33’ Clark leads the break and floats a ball into Zardes. He chests it down and plays Valenzuela on the left, but he fires over. Crew SC have to finish these chances playing a man down...
31’ Alex Crognale in for Martinez.
22’ Zardes in behind the #Sounders defense, but puts his shot just wide.
20’ A good, quick build up leads to a Zardes shot from the inside the penalty area. Save by Frei.
15’ Red card it Pedro. Crew SC down a man with a lot of game to be played.
13’ Santos’ follow throw catches Roldan in the chest. Then it looked like a bit of a kick out after. Maybe not intentional, but certainly didn’t feel good. It’s going to be reviewed.
5’ Sounders play a dangerous free kick into to the penalty box. Steffen makes a mess of it, but is eventually able to collect.
1’ Abubakar with a mistimed header lets Seattle in early, but the shot from the #Sounders is well wide.
Ralph Schudel previews the Sounders and their early season troubles. Guilherme Torres talked to the now healthy Eduardo Sosa as he looks to make his Crew SC debut. The Massive Report staff doesn’t like the team’s chances on the road.
The lineups will be posted when they are released.
The Massive XI braintrust was torn, but ended up playing a strong starting lineup with little to no rotation. The backline remained unchanged, as Lalas Abubakar continues to get the nod over Josh Williams, Alex Crognale, and Gaston Sauro who all received votes.
There is strong competition on the wing. Pedro Santos is the starter on the left, but the panel is torn on the starter on the right. Niko Hansen grabbed 39 percent of the vote to hold the starting spot. Mike Grella picked up 36 percent, the voters see him as a strong candidate to start, perhaps when more fit. Cristian Martinez had 25 percent of the vote.
Injuries and Absences:
Crew SC: There is no one on the injury list. Eduardo Sosa returned to full fitness and may be in line for a spot on the subs bench.
Seattle: There are three Sounders officially listed as questionable. Harry Shipp has been out with a right ankle sprain, while defenders Waylon Francis has been troubled by a right hamstring strain and Chad Marshall had a neck sprain keeping him out of the lineup.
Forward Jordan Morris is out for the season with a torn ACL. Midfielder Victor Rodriguez had right knee arthroscopy surgery earlier this week and won’t be ready for weeks. Defender Roman Torres suffered a right hamstring strain that has put his World Cup in jeopardy.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 4:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Century Link Field (Seattle, Washington)
TV: CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2