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Massive Predictions: Crew vs. Orlando City SC

Can the Black & Gold finally get a win on Saturday?

MLS: Columbus Crew at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew SC again take the field on Saturday without a number of key players. Wil Trapp, Gyasi Zardes, Zack Steffen and Jonathan Mensah are all gone on international duty. David Accam joins the injury list after picking up a hamstring in last week’s loss to Sporting Kansas City. Harrison Afful is out with a red card suspension.

Yet the Black & Gold carry on.

This week, it’s Orlando City SC coming to MAPFRE Stadium. Despite the recent run of poor form that has seen the Crew win just one game in its last 11 outings, Orlando is only one point ahead of Columbus in the Eastern Conference standings. Is this the week things begin to turn for the Black & Gold or will it be another disappointing defeat?

Let’s see what our staff thinks.

Nick Hudak

The streak is not a pretty one. Columbus has one only one game in its previous 11 and ha struggled to put goals on the board. The absences of players to international play is not going to help a team that’s simply lacking creativity or confidence all over the pitch at the moment. The Crew has experienced the highest of the highs and the (quite literally) lowest of the lows in 2019.

Although Orlando is going to be motivated after losing to a world-class goal by D.C. United’s Wayne Rooney, they’re coming off of a Wednesday match and will not be as mentally prepared as Caleb Porter’s playerss will be. A legitimate playoff push starts on Saturday.
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Mike Crosky

The Crew can’t lose on Sigi Schmid night, right?! If there is a soccer God in a soccer heaven, they couldn’t allow such a travesty to take place, correct?! I sure hope that is the case.

Though Orlando lost itss last match 1-0 at D.C. United thanks to a 68-yard bomb from Wayne Rooney, the Lions have won four of their last six games. They have plenty of firepower on the squad, with former Manchester United star Nani and MLS veterans Dom Dwyer and Sacha Kljestan. Though, they have yet to fully exploit that attacking prowess, having only scored 22 goals in 16 games. We all know the precarious situation with Columbus right now. The injuries, the suspension, the international call ups, the inability to score consistently. Maybe I am predicting more with my heart than my head, but I believe this match will end in a draw. Please salvage a point for Sigi night. Please!
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Ralph Schudel

I’m not loving what I’m seeing from Columbus Crew SC in the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I don’t see things straightening themselves out until after the transfer window opens. Although Orlando City doesn’t boast a tremendous amount of firepower, I expect them to cruise easily in this one.
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Elmer Plasencia

After only having him back for one match in league play, Columbus is once again without Harrison Afful after he received a red card against Sporting Kansas City. That is the last thing the Crew needed with four starters already out on international duty. Fortunately, Orlando City played a game midweek and will most likely be rotating some players due to their four matches in 10 days. I am optimistic that the Crew can rally and pull out a result from this match. The run of bad form has to end at some point, right?
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Collin Johnson

It’s getting harder and harder to be optimistic about predictions on this season. Injuries continue to pop up at terrible times, and the latest injury to David Accam combined with the Gold Cup absence of Gyasi Zardes leave me wondering how this team will score. Maybe Pedro Santos is able to put something in the back of the net or one of the center backs finishes off a set piece. Otherwise, I just have no idea how the Crew score. Orlando isn’t much better but they have been scoring goals recently (though five against FC Cincinnati goes a long way to padding the goals for category). Hopefully Columbus can make it through the rest of the Gold Cup without losing too much ground on that seventh playoff spot, but it doesn’t look good.
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Abigail Hintz

Orlando stands only one spot above the Crew, and both teams are having fairly difficult seasons. As of late, however, Orlando is in a better position than Columbus, with a record of 2-0-3 in their last five MLS matches compared to the Crew’s 0-1-4. If the Black & Gold’s offense can turn it on against City’s defense, they could potentially pull out a win here, though with the absence of Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes once again will prove to be problematic. However, Orlando is also missing six players to their respective national teams. I think both teams will struggle and we’ll end up tied. Though for the Crew, any point is better than no points.
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Jimmy Lentz

During the past six games — MLS and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup — Orlando has earned four wins by scoring 13 goals and conceding five goals. In the same six-game stretch, the Crew has lost four games by conceding 10 goals and scoring seven goals. Columbus Crew SC (17 points) will have its work cut out for them with visiting Eastern Conference foe Orlando City SC (18 points) this Saturday night. The Black & Gold might find a way to earn a point this weekend, but Orlando will battle a little more than usual because they (like every team in MLS) smell blood in the water with Caleb Porter’s sinking Crew.
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