The Crew is saved and now it’s finally time for the games. The Columbus Crew faces a familiar foe in the New York Red Bulls, the team that ended the 2018 season. Both teams return most of their starting lineup. Columbus has only played preseason games, but New York has already kicked off the 2019 campaign with Champions League action.
Columbus finished an undefeated preseason with a hammering of FC Cincinnati in Charleston for the Carolina Challenge Cup. New coach Caleb Porter has carried over most of Gregg Berhalter’s system and there is a lot of familiarity.
New York has already played two games that count. They defeated Dominican Republic side Atlético Pantoja 5-0 over a two game aggregate series. New York played their starters this week as the prioritize the Champions League over the regular season.
Follow along with live updates as the game kicks off.
Ralph Schudel takes a look at the Red Bulls consistent approach in the scouting report. A pair of articles take a look at the defense. Guilherme Torres recounts the long road back for Gaston Sauro while Elmer Plasencia examines the strengths and challenges of the Crew’s center back depth.
Injuries & Suspensions:
Columbus Crew SC: Milton Valenzuela is out for the season with his torn ACL. Niko Hansen is still recovering from a strain to his right thigh. Josh Williams is off the injury list, but hasn’t practiced fully as he recovers from planar fasciitis.
New York Red Bulls: Only Ryan Meara is out with knee injury. The rest of the squad is healthy.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, March 2nd, 2018, 4:30 p.m. ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Stream: FOX Sports Go/ESPN+