Columbus Crew SC need points. The team hasn’t won a game in nearly two months and playoff chances are getting remote. Currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, the Black & Gold have a chance to climb over with place Orlando City when they play at MAPFRE tonight.
The Crew’s attack has struggled and is now weakened even further. There will be no Gyasi Zardes, Federico Higuain and now David Accam is sidelined with a hamstring injury. That leaves only Pedro Santos as the key attacker remaining. His four goals and two assists are second in each category on the team.
Orlando City changed the roster again this offseason and it hasn’t quite come together. Nani has made an impact with eight goals and four assists, but the rest of the offense hasn’t done much while the defense has given up goals at inopportune times.
What to read:
Nick Hudak breaks down what Orlando will be looking to with his scouting report. The staff is losing confidence in the team’s ability to get three points at home. The Mane Land’s Ben Miller has the insider view of Orlando and shared it with Pat Murphy. With Gyasi Zardes on international duty and Pat Mullins’ struggling, it may be JJ Williams turn to lead the line.
#Crew96 | #CLBvORL pic.twitter.com/lym7heDWyf— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) June 29, 2019
Our boys fighting for our City tonight in Columbus.— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) June 29, 2019
Coverage begins at 7:00 on My65 and YouTube TV. #CLBvORL | #FaceOfCity pic.twitter.com/Udc4jTT7lm
Injuries, suspensions and call-ups:
Columbus Crew: The list of absence is long. Harrison Afful is suspended this game after a red card against Kansas City. David Accam joins the injured after he suffered a hamstring strain last week. 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
Orlando City: Midfielder Cristian Higuita is out with a hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Adam Grinwis and outside back Joao Moutinho are questionable. Kamal Miller and Will Johnson are with Canada in the Gold Cup. Jhegson Méndez was called into the Ecuadorian team for Copa America.
How to Watch:
Date/Time: Saturday, June 29th, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Watch: FOX Sports Ohio
Listen: 97.1 The Fan/971TheFan.com (English) & ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish).
Stream: Fox Sports GO/ESPN+