Columbus Crew SC hosts a winless Portland Timbers side with a chance to climb into first place in the Eastern Conference. After last week’s loss to Montreal Impact, the Black & Gold is a point off of the pacesetting D.C. United.
The Crew will be looking for goals. Through seven games, the team has scored seven goals. It’s the worst total among current MLS playoff teams. They face the league’s second-worst defense and will be looking to get on track.
The Timbers are on the road until June as Providence Park is renovated. They have struggled on the road and are winless through six, earning a single point.
What to read:
Ralph Schudel scouts the Timbers struggles. Jimmy Lentz sees the Portland defense as a fix to what ails the Crew’s offense. Caleb Porter’s focus facing his old team: three points according to Pat Murphy. The staff expects a home win.
Final. Crew lose 3-1 to the Timbers.
92’ Timbers goal. It’s 3-1 and it’s over. Moreira finishes off the pass from Paredes.
87’ Final Crew Sub: JJ Williams comes in for Jimenez at Columbus has a corner. Portland is able to clear.
86’ Higuain has a free chance from 20 yards out, but Attinella is up to the Pipa shot. It remains 2-1. Crew looking for a goal.
83’ Second Crew sub, Sosa is replacing Artur. Another player good on the ball in tight spots against a compact Timbers.
77’ Crew offense struggling yet again. Portland very committed in the back and Columbus not sure how to break them down.
69’ PEDRO?!?!?! He chips Attinella to make it 2-1 off the turnover. That was brilliance out of nothing.
60’ Crew make their first sub. Justin Meram replaces Robinho.
55’ Nothing happening for the Crew right now. Portland is committing numbers back.
2nd half: No changes as the Crew kick off.
Halftime: Crew shellshocked to be down 2-0 to a previously winless Portland team.
39’ Near chance for the Crew. Corner sent in by Higuain is headed off the bar. Zardes handles before Jonathan blasts it home. Penso already blew the whistle and the goal doesn’t count.
35’ Timbers goal, it’s 2-0 now. Sebastian Blanco drills the low cross and Jeremy Ebobisse hammers it home.
31’ Timbers goal against the run of play. Diego Valeri sends in the free kick and Larrys Mabiala heads the ball near post. Zack Steffen can’t keep it out.
28’ Higuain’s back heel puts Robinho in the box. The winger is twice denied. Portland clears the resulting corner.
26’ Jonathan nearly scores off the Higuain set piece service. His header is just wide.
25’ Yellow card to Valentin after he dumped Zardes near the top corner of the box. Free kick upcoming for the Crew.
21’ Finally a Crew chance. It starts with Higuain back heeling the ball for Artur to play the long diagonal to free Santos. The Portuguese crosses the ball inch perfect, but the header from Zardes goes wide.
10’ Attinella came out to clear a ball, but Higuain cuts it off. He settles and fires from 30 yards and was just wide from a goal. Nearly another brilliant moment from Pipa.
5’ Crew playing very direct so far. Nothing really coming of it yet. They have looked better than Portland at the moment.
Kickoff in Columbus
Injuries, Suspensions, and Call-ups:
The Crew: Only two names are on the injury list and they will both be out for a while. Harrison Afful will be out with a broken jaw for at least a month and likely longer. Milton Valenzuela is on the season-ending injury list with his ACL tear. There are no suspensions or call-ups.
Timbers: Goalkeepers Aljaz Ivacic and Kendall McIntosh are both out. The midfield may be a bit thin as Marvin Loria, Andy Polo, and Diego Valeri are questionable.
How To Watch:
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019, 7:30 pm
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Radio: 97.1 The Fan streaming, Spanish - columbuscrewsc.com