Columbus Crew SC hasn’t tallied a point in five games. That’s losses came to the Montreal Impact, Portland Timbers, D.C. United (twice), and the Houston Dynamo. Now they face the team with the second best record in MLS as the LA Galaxy comes to town with a familiar face at the helm, the unparalleled hero of the 2008 MLS Cup winning Crew, Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
The slump has brought changes to the roster as the Black & Gold traded away Justin Meram and sent Lalas Abubakar on a season-long loan. Defensive midfielder David Guzman and attacker David Accam are inbound in an effort to change the team.
The visiting Galaxy have settled well under Schelotto and only trail the other LA team, the juggernaut Los Angeles Football ClubC. At 22 points, the Galaxy has separated themselves from all but the West Coast’s Black & Gold. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been the key offensive threat scoring nine goals.
What to read:
Nick Hudak digs into what makes the Galaxy tick and what the Black & Gold should look to do when they match up. Guilherme Torres expects a mostly unchanged Crew lineup in his team sheet prediction. David Guzman brings something a little different according to Mike Crosky, bite.
66’ Jimenez with the finish from inside the box. Zardes looked to get on to the ball in the box but Steres tackled it right to the fullback. He buries it for a 3-0 Crew lead!
Pipa pumps EVERYBODY up!!! #CLBvLA | 2-0 | #Crew96 pic.twitter.com/lvBCskU30y— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) May 9, 2019
53’ Zardes with a nice pass to space with his back to goal, finding an on-rushing Higuain. Pipa takes it into the penalty area and fires off the post and into the net! 2-0 Crew!
46’ Crew kick off and the second half is
HT: 1-0 Crew over the Galaxy.
@gyasinho#CLBvLA | 1-0 | #Crew96 pic.twitter.com/uLiLwAgAWy— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) May 9, 2019
28’ Crew take a 1-0 lead. Zardes gets just a slight touch on a Robinho cross, putting it by Bingham. This Black & Gold lead will stand.
1’ We’re underway from Mapfre Stadium
4️⃣-2️⃣-3️⃣-1️⃣— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) May 8, 2019
The Starting XI is here ⬇️
@971thefan & https://t.co/7uzg8Dh8U8
https://t.co/OQtor4novL#CLBvLA | #Crew96 pic.twitter.com/T0peBhSkqK
The #LAGalaxy XI in Columbus #CLBvLA | @ModeloUSA pic.twitter.com/u7QO5UPuEX— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) May 8, 2019
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. He’s still several weeks away from returning. Milton Valenzuela is on the season-ending injury list with an ACL tear.
LA Galaxy: Midfielder Perry Kitchen is out with a foot injury and the big addition is dynamic attacker Romain Alessandrini joining him on the list after a knee injury suffered in April that will keep him out for months. Defender Julian Araujo is questionable.
How To Watch:
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:30 pm
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Radio: 97.1 The Fan (streaming), Spanish - columbuscrewsc.com
Stream: FOX Sports Go/ESPN+