Another three-games in an eight-day stretch comes to an end for Columbus Crew SC as the team travels to the Land of 1,000 Lakes to take on Minnesota United. The Black & Gold went 1-1 against the LA teams, defeating the LA Galaxy midweek 3-1, then reversing the roles against Los Angeles Football Club, losing 3-0 on their home field.
Columbus now travel to Minnesota after enduring a week-long training session to regroup. The Crew are currently 2-0-0 against the Loons all-time and hope to continue their success against the Western Conference foe.
United come into this matchup on the back of losing 2-0 to the Chicago Fire last week. A team that also has had a full week to regroup will look to disassemble the Crew and continue the growing frustration.
What to read:
Columbus are not only missing a few good pieces due to injury, but it’s looking like the club will be without winger Pedro Santos as he is dealing with a serious family matter back in Portugal, as written by Pat Murphy. Nick Hudak takes a look at the Crew’s depth while the injury list just keeps hurting Caleb Porter and company. Pat Murphy also writes about the confusing trade between Columbus and Nashville SC regarding newly minted winger David Accam.
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Injuries, suspensions and call-ups:
Columbus Crew: Milton Valenzuela remains on the season-ending injury list. Defender Harrison Afful was at practice this past week but is still not cleared for contact while he works back from a broken jaw. Defender Waylon Francis is listed as questionable with a soft tissue strain in his left leg. Zack Steffen is also listed a questionable with a right foot injury.
Minnesota United: As for the Loons, they are only dealing with two injuries. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth is out with a right knee injury, along with defender Chase Gasper who is dealing with a hamstring problem.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8:00 pm.
Venue: Allianz Field (St. Paul, MN)
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Radio: 97.1 The Fan (streaming), Spanish - columbuscrewsc.com
Streaming: FOX Sports GO/ESPN+