Columbus Crew SC resumes the team’s regular season campaign with a matchup of sides in unfamiliar positions, below the red line. The Crew have missed the playoff once in the last five seasons while Sporting Kansas City haven’t missed the postseason since 2010.
It’s been over three weeks since the Crew’s last Major League Soccer game due to the Gold Cup break. The team defeated Pittsburgh and lost to Atlanta in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup over that time. The Black & Gold are getting healthier, with both fullbacks ready to return to the lineup. The games also gave Pedro Santos and the rest of the team a chance to adapt to a Federico Higuain-less attack.
While the Crew may be in bad form with one win in 10 games, Kansas City has won once in 11 contests. Injuries have decimated their lineup and have put the team at the bottom of the Western Conference. It’s an unfamiliar place for a team preaches the “Sporting Standard” and won the MLS Cup in 2013 and U.S. Open Cups in 2012, 2015 and 2017.
What to read:
Mike Crosky looks at injury ravaged Sporting KC in his scouting report to see how the Crew can get back to winning ways. The staff is feeling confident that the Crew can get back to winning ways against struggling Sporting. With Gyasi Zardes out, Patrick Mullins hopes that he can make an impact in a rare start for the Crew.
Columbus Crew: TBA
Sporting Kansas City: TBA
Injuries, suspensions and call-ups:
Columbus Crew: The absence list is long with several long-term injuries and four call-ups. Milton Valenzuela and Federico Higuain are both out with torn ACLs. Josh Williams is still struggling with the nagging pain in his right foot. Wil Trapp, Gyasi Zardes and Zack Steffen (soon to be officially transferred) are with the United States Men’s National Team. Jonathan Mensah is with the Ghanian National Team
- Sporting Kansas City: The visitors are in the midst of an extreme injury crisis. Forward Erik Hurtado, midfielder Roger Espinoza and defenders Jaylin Lindsey and Rodney Wallace all missed time. Three more are racing to get fit. Defender Matt Besler is nursing a back injury, midfielder Gianluca Busio has a head injury, while Jimmy Medranda has a hamstring strain that’s limited him. Four more players will miss the game due to international call-ups Krisztián Németh and Botond Baráth are with Hungary, Nicolas Hasler is with Lichtenstein, while Johnny Russell is with Scotland.
How to Watch:
Date/Time: Sunday June 24th, 5:30 p.m. ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Watch: FOX Sports Ohio
Stream: Fox Sports GO/ESPN+