After last week’s deluge; clear skies are forecasted above MAPFRE Stadium. The field has dried out and should be perfect conditions for tonight as Columbus Crew SC face off against the New England Revolution.
The Crew already have a win against the visiting Revs, winning 2-0 in Foxborough four weeks ago. Since then, the Black & Gold have strung together two impressive wins (FC Dallas and Atlanta United) and a shockingly poor road performance at the Philadelphia Union while rising to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Columbus will be looking to keep positive momentum even though they lost key starter Harrison Afful to a broken jaw in last week’s waterlogged win.
New England has a single win on the season, a surprise 2-1 result over Minnesota United at home last Saturday. Designated Player Carles Gil, who was signed in the offseason, has settled in and has three goals and an assist this season. He’s the main offensive spark for a team that has five goals on the season.
What to read:
This week, Guilherme Torres took a look at how Caleb Porter might lineup the team. The staff is feeling pretty good for the Black & Gold’s second matchup against the Revs. Porter told Patrick Murphy that he faces tough lineup decisions with the strong depth the team showed recently. Nick Hudak delves into what’s changed for the Revs since their Week 2 loss against the Crew, turns out a lot. Finally, Patrick Murphy talked to the Bent Musket’s Jake Catanese for an insider’s view at the Revs.
64’ Mancienne given his second yellow card. He’s off. The Crew now up a man and leading 1-0 on the Revs.
46’ The second half has begun.
HT: Crew 1 New England 0
42’ GOAL! Williams heads home a free kick from Higuain for a 1-0 lead for the Crew.
14’ Santos lofts the ball over the Revs backline for Higuain. The Crew’s No. 10 goes around Cropper but his shot was blocked by Mancienne. Best chance for the home team so far.
1’ We’re underway from MAPFRE!
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.
The Revolution: Midfielder Isaac Angking will be out a couple months after having surgery on his left knee in late March. Forward Justin Rennicks is sidelined with a hamstring injury. There are no suspensions or call-ups.
How To Watch:
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:30 pm
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Radio: 1460 AM ESPN Columbus, columbuscrewsc.com
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