Columbus Crew SC’s home stand continues as a suddenly struggling D.C. United comes to town for a midweek match. Both teams are playing on short rest after weekend games with both sides losing at home.
The Black & Gold are on a two-game losing streak, first on the road to the Montreal Impact and then at home to the previously winless Portland Timbers on Saturday. The offense is misfiring, averaging one goal per game, and now there’s concerns about the defense that has twice given up three goals this season.
United is likewise struggling. They had a three-goal outburst at the Colorado Rapids earlier this month, but are otherwise goalless in April. D.C. been blanked three times at Audi Field and cling to first place in the Eastern Conference by a single point.
What to read:
Nick Hudak scouts the suddenly struggling United. Even at home, the staff isn’t confident that the Crew can get out of their funk. As they prepared for D.C., the team talked about the danger of Wayne Rooney. With the second game in five days, Guilherme Torres tries to get inside the mind of Caleb Porter on whether to rotate or not.
46’ The second half has begun with D.C.’s kickoff.
HT: United 1 Crew 0
27’ 1-0 D.C. Rooney curls it around the wall and into the net after a foul at the top of the box from Williams.
18’ Santos and Jimenez combine to spring the fullback in. Jimenez’s cross hits comes off Hamid, deflects back off of Brillant toward the goal but the keeper is there to make the save. Best chance for the Crew.
1’ We’re underway from MAPFRE Stadium.
Lineups are expected one hour before kickoff.
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.
D.C. United: The visitors have a long injury list as defenders Oniel Fisher and Chris Odoi-Atsem are sidelined for months. Midfielder remains out Antonio Bustamante with a knee injury knee injury and starting left back Joseph Mora remains sidelined with a broken jaw. Mora’s backup, Chris McCann, is questionable with a hamstring injury. Defender Leonardo Jara is also questionable with a shoulder injury
How To Watch:
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2019, 7:30 pm
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
TV: SportsTime Ohio