Columbus Crew SC face another grueling stretch with three games in eight days starting with a trip to face D.C. United. Desperately out of form, the Black & Gold are looking to avoid losing five straight games for the first time since the 2000 season.
The Crew offense remains mired in an extreme slump. They have scored eight goals over 10 games. Their last goal came against Portland on April 20, a scoreless streak that extends to 201 minutes. The Black & Gold have been outscored 7-1 during the streak when the offense evaporated and the defense regressed.
D.C. United are likewise struggling. The D.C. side has a 2-2-1 record over their last five games. They sit just behind the Philadelphia Union in the standings on goal differential with 17 points. Wayne Rooney has been as electric as ever with five goals and three assists to lead the offense. The injury-thinned defense just received reinforcements as Marquinhos Pedroso arrived in a trade on Friday from FC Dallas.
What to read:
Mike Crosky scouts the familiar foe on what makes D.C. tick. Guilherme Torres takes a look at the five things the Black & Gold need to do to rebound. Jimmy Lentz notes that the offense is struggling, the defense can get back to basics and carry the team. The staff isn’t feeling great about the Crew’s chances on this trip. Pat Murphy wrote about how the Crew know what they have to do to get back to winning ways.
27’ Rooney’s free kick is played into the box, shot blocked by Zardes but Acosta is there to put it into the open net. 1-0 United.
But wait, the goal was called back. Unclear on the foul call.
22’ Ted Unkel gets in the way of a D.C. pass and the ball falls to Trapp. The midfielder plays it wide to Santos, who comes into the box and fires by Hamid. 1-0
1’ We’re underway from Audi Field!
Injuries, Suspensions, and Call-ups:
Columbus 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 suffered in March and was expected out until May at the earliest. Milton Valenzuela is on the season-ending injury list with his ACL tear. There are no suspensions or call-ups.
D.C. United: The hosts have a long injury list. Defenders Oniel Fisher and Chris Odoi-Atsem are on the long-term injury list and aren’t close to returning. Midfielder Antonio Bustamante has an undisclosed knee injury that is also keeping him sidelined. Left back Joseph Mora remains out with a broken jaw suffered in March. Mora’s understudy, Chris McCann also remains out with a hamstring injury. Likewise Leonardo Jara is questionable as he tries to recover from a shoulder injury.
How To Watch:
Date: May 4, 2019, 8:00 pm
Venue: Audi Field (Washington, D.C.)
TV: SportsTime Ohio