This starts a busy week for Columbus Crew SC with three games in eight days, including some long travel time. Before Columbus takes on Portland and Colorado, Crew SC has to travel to the current Western Conference leaders, FC Dallas.
The Black & Gold have steadied themselves after a rough late summer on the road. The win over NYCFC shows what the offense can do with Justin Meram rounding into form with Federico Higuain, Pedro Santos, and Gyasi Zardes. Unfortunately, head coach Gregg Berhalter likely won’t be able to play his first choice 11 with Zardes, Wil Trapp, and Zack Steffen busy playing two games over the international break and the busy schedule.
FC Dallas won’t have to worry about a midweek game and will have a first choice lineup at their disposal. After the loss of Mauro Diaz, the team struggled with form, going 4-4-2 over those 10 games, but they are still exceptional at home and have built up an offense that chips in all around the field with Max Urruti acting as a target forward and having Roland Lamah and Michael Barrios playing off of him.
Full time: Crew SC ties FC Dallas 0-0.
93’ Crew SC chance! Valenzuela gets to the end line and his cross through the box is volleyed by Hansen well high. That could have been something.
90’ 3 minutes of stoppage time to find a goal, still 0-0.
90’ Game opens up. FC Dallas pushing forward at the moment.
86’ Final Crew SC sub. Mullins comes in for Higuain.
83’ Higuain chops a volley across goal. Just misses the post and Zardes. Still 0-0.
75’ Long outlet from FCD allas on the ground and Steffen comes well out of the box to clear the danger.
74’ Trapp replaces Clark and Hansen replaces Santos for Crew SC.
73’ Zardes and Lalas have chances at the #CrewSC corner kick and it’s blasted clear.
67’ Abubakar fouls Cannon and FC Dallas has a danergous free kick from wide. Ball goes over the box and ends the danger for the moment. Yellow to Lalas.
57’ FC Dallas has more of the ball in the second half and the game is slowing down from the early pace.
53’ Rico Clark picks up a yellow for a leggy tackle from the side. He missed the ball. It did stop an FCD transition.
48’ Barrios beats Abubakar to a long ball into the box, but Clark and Jonathan clear the immediate danger. Dallas get a corner and Steffen eventually grabs the ball in the box.
46’ Figueroa replaces Hedges as FC Dallas comes out of the locker room.
Halftime: Game has slowed down in the heat and humidity. It’s 0-0 after the first 45.
35’ Santos with a blast. Deflected for a corner. Crew SC can’t capitalize. Still 0-0.
32’ Abubakar with a foul from 25 yards. Dallas free kick from Mosquera is right at Steffen and it’s an easy catch.
26’ Higuain nearly makes it 1-0! Santos makes a pass on advantage to Afful. The cutback cross is excellent and the shot tests Gonzales.
21’ Crew SC corner headed back and out by Dallas. Higuain takes the second and it’s punched away. Columbus maintains possession.
17’ Santos with some quick footwork in transition to get into space, but Dallas collapses and closes off the chance. Ball then turned over.
16’ Higuain’s corner punched out. Dallas goes direct. Barrios’ shot just outside the post.
13’ Meram from distance with his right foot, but it’s well high. No meathook yet.
10’ Crew SC rolling out a very sharp attacking 3rd press and it causes a turnover. No big chance out of it though.
8’ Corner now for Crew SC. Santos plays it in, but it’s easily grabbed by the keeper.
7’ Corner from FC Dallas. Crew SC clear the danger and try to play out of the back. Home side pressing high and making it tough.
5’ Crew SC on the ball a bit more, but no danger from either side. Not much action yet.
Ralph Schudel takes a look at how Dallas has coped without Mauro Diaz. The staff isn’t so confident as Crew SC faces one of the tougher home team’s in the league. Pat Murphy talks to Drew Epperly of Big D Soccer for the inside scoop on Dallas.
Injuries & Suspensions:
Columbus Crew SC: The injury report is blank. Eduardo Sosa is back at training and off the injury list, but has to build game fitness and may not feature.
FC Dallas: Winger Roland Lamah is questionable with a muscle strain. Otherwise FCD has a clean bill of health.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, September 15th, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
TV: CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2