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Game Thread: Crew SC at New York City FC

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The road swing continues

MLS: Eastern Conference Semifinal-New York City at Columbus Crew Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew SC struggled on the road last week in a 4-0 blowout loss against the Galaxy. They haven’t scored in three straight road contests and are 1-3-3 in their last seven matches. After a bright start to the season, the Black & Gold are drifting down the standings and are in fourth, 10 points behind conference leading Atlanta United. Federico Higuain likely returns to the lineup and Patrick Mullins gives another option off the bench.

New York City FC have played strong all season, even after the loss of head coach Patrick Vieira. NYCFC has nearly matched the blistering pace of Atlanta and are three points behind the leaders with a game in hand. They are an exceptional 9-0-1 at home and have only lost five times in the last three seasons at Yankee Stadium. This team is a well oiled machine fueled by money from the City ownership group and well managed by new coach Domenec Torrent and sporting director Claudio Reyna.

Updates:

Full Time: Crew SC lose on 2-0 to NYCFC. Fourth loss in five games.

93’ Straight Red to Sosa. He shouldered down Morales after the play. Easy call.

90’ Goal NYCFC. Tinnerholm scores with the cutback on the break. Crew SC pushing up and caught out. 2-0 Columbus trails.

84’ Steffen with another big save to keep it 1-0.

80’ Goal NYCFC. Steffen tries to pass out of the back, but no Crew SC players around. Lewis rings the post on his shot. The ball then crossed and Medina finishes.

78’ Final #CrewSC substitution: Argudo replaces Higuain. Pipa coming off an injury and still getting to full 90 fitness.

70’ 2nd Crew SC sub: Sosa comes in for Santos.

67’ Big chance for Crew SC. After a long outlet from Steffen, Santos has it on his left foot in the box. Waits just too long and it’s blocked by a sliding save from Tinnerholm.

63’ Crew SC chance as Afful cuts back to Santos. The chipped cross is headed over by Zardes.

60’ First #CrewSC sub: Grella replaces Hansen

57’ Quite a few chances for NYCFC right now. Their changes are causing Crew SC some issues.

53’ Big Save Steffen! Williams gets the ball caught under his feet. Morales is in 1 on 1 and Steffen comes up big. Followup from Medina goes just wide.

50’ Santos drives right through the midfield. Chanot just stands his ground and takes the ball.

48’ NYCFC on the front foot to start the 2nd half. Torrent has been good at adjustments in his short time in charge.

2nd half kicks off. No changes for either side.

Halftime Stats. Columbus with the chances, most not on target.

Halftime. Both teams go into the locker room scoreless. Crew SC played well on the front foot, but NYCFC grew into the game the last 10 minutes.

36’ Zardes gets booked for simulation. He went down after the play. Appeared to be kicked.

34’ After the game settled into a midfield battle, Higuain fed in Hansen, but his tight angle shot is high.

22’ Big time save out of Steffen that keeps it scoreless. First NYCFC action on the night.

18’ Santos from distance. He put a bend on it and forced a big save from Johnson. Shot off the corner well over.

14’ Higuain passes to Zardes and it comes back to him. He uncorks a shot, but it’s well high. Crew SC playing very well so far.

12’ Another chance as Higuain chests the ball to Hansen. Deflected for a corner thats cleared.

11’ Higuain looking good early. Tries to feed Zardes, but it’s cleared wide.

8’ Santos peppers in a tight angled shot that forces a Johnson save. Crew SC can’t create off the rebound.

7’ First real chance for anyone as Crew SC corner off a turnover, but it’s cleared.

1’ Kickoff in the Bronx.

Official Lineups:

Injuries & Suspensions:

  • Columbus Crew SC: Jonathan Mensah is recovering from a concussion and is officially questionable. Adam Jahn and Mohammed Abu have also moved to the questionable column. Patrick Mullins has been cleared to play after his trade from D.C. United.
  • NYCFC: The home side will be missing some key personnel. Star forward David Villa is still recovering from a right knee injury and is likely reduced to a substitute role if he plays. The team’s forward depth is also thin with Ismael Tajouri-Shradi nursing a sore hamstring and Villa understudy Jo Inge Berget struggling with a strained quad. Midfielder Yangel Herrera is out for the season with an ankle injury while defender Cedric Hountondji hasn’t recovered from his injured hamstring to play.

How to watch:

Date: Saturday, July 14th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Yankee Stadium (Bronx, New York)

TV: CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2

Radio: English: CD102.5 FM / ColumbusCrewSC.com Spanish: ColumbusCrewSC.com

Stream: ESPN+