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Massive Predictions: Crew at New York Red Bull

Can the Black & Gold keep the positivity going?

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in a long time, Columbus Crew SC celebrated a win last Saturday. The Black & Gold defeated the Montreal Impact 2-1 for the team’s first victory since early May.

But that was last week.

Now the Crew need to keep momentum moving forward if there is any hope of digging themselves out of the hole they are in and making a run to the MLS Cup playoffs. And that starts Saturday at the New York Red Bulls.

Can Columbus go on the road and get just its second win away from MAPFRE Stadium of the season? Let’s see what our staff thinks.

Elmer Plasencia

Columbus finally broke the winless streak against Montreal and now have to travel to Harrison, New Jersey to face the New York Red Bulls. Columbus should be as full strength as possible for the first time in a long time this weekend, with all the players that were away on international duty back and with the recent transfers having had some time with the team. New York is solidly in playoff contention right now and currently sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. But they have been a mixed bag over the past month or so with three wins, two losses and a draw. A win against the Red Bulls would do wonders for the Crew’s confidence and the team’s momentum as they try to right this ship for the final stretch of the regular season. I think they do have enough to beat a New York team whose had trouble finding consistency on both ends as of late.
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Tyler Fisher

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood for Columbus Crew SC fans. The Black & Gold are heading into a strong Eastern Conference matchup against the New York Red Bulls with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact under their belt. The Crew saw the debut of goalkeeper Eloy Room, who looked solid, last week. The first real test, in my opinion, will be against the strong Red Bull side. If Columbus can keep the momentum going after their win, the team can definitely put up a fight against RBNY and continue to pave their way to a possible playoff position. The team will need a strong performance from the defense as they look to contain New York’s attack. If the defensive shape holds up, the Black & Golds have a strong chance of earning at least a point. But there’s something about the Red Bulls that Columbus has trouble against, and it will show in the draw.
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Guilherme Torres

After a long and difficult stretch, the Crew finally displayed some brightness this past week by collecting four points in two matches and securing its first MLS victory since May. The team still seems far from ideal form and with several recent roster changes, it should still take some time for it to happen. But this team needs to continue adding points.

A New York Red Bulls team that started the season in uncommonly bad form but found its way is probably not a great option to do so and the Crew will need to play at least one or two levels better to return from Harrison, New Jersey with more than its current points. The Red Bulls have always been a struggle for the Black & Gold and I don’t expect it to change this weekend.
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Patrick Murphy

Playing against the New York Red Bulls is difficult for every team in MLS. The way this team presses and turns the opposition over in good places is different than all other sides in this league and it’s difficult to deal with. That’s the task that the Crew face on Saturday, and they will do it with two inexperienced center backs playing in Alex Crognale and Aboubacar Keita.

While I like the swing in momentum for the Black & Gold, the center back position worries me against the Red Bulls. The Crew have a plan on how to deal with the pressure, but young players make mistakes in these situations, and that’s where I think RBNY will capitalize.
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Jimmy Lentz

Columbus Crew SC (21 points) travels to the East Coast to play the New York Red Bulls (34 points) this weekend. While the Crew’s abysmal 1-8-1 road record this season doesn’t inspire confidence for this match, the back and forth results by New York lately (win here, loss there, win here, loss there) makes it possible for Columbus to catch the Red Bulls on an off day and score a surprising result on the road. But in order to do this, the Crew’s defense (once again) desperately needs one of its center backs to be assigned as the vocal leader of the backline to take charge and ensure comprehensive organization with quick, adaptable movement for 90-plus minutes.
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Jay Homan

It’s hard to predict what is going to happen in this match. Largely in part because these are two extremely different teams from when they met Week 1. Both teams will likely only start five players who also started that March 2 match. Even the two scorers from that 1-1 draw are not likely to make an appearance. But that has been commonplace for the Crew this season, never knowing who is going to be ready to go for the next match. While this has hampered the Black & Gold most of the summer, their luck appears to be on the up swing. With a draw on the road and a win at home in their last two matches, Columbus should be feeling better than they have since May. That enthusiasm will come in handy as they visit a New York Red Bulls team who has spent most of July on the road. While RBNY will be happy to be back home, the Crew have a chance to surprise them as they continue to grow from their last two matches. The next step in their growth, prove they can go head to head with a playoff-caliber club in their own stadium. Expecting a win would be jumping the gun, but a second away draw in two weeks is progress.
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Nick Hudak

Columbus is perhaps on the cusp of a turnaround that could keep their slim playoff hopes alive. A convincing win against an established, yet struggling Montreal Impact may have ignited the spark this team has so desperately searched for for months. Next up is the New York Red Bulls, who the Crew drew 1-1 at home in the opening match of the 2019 season.

It’s duly noted that finding a result on the road is something that the Crew has rarely been able to do in 2019. The Red Bulls are finer tuned than Montreal and a side that may have already guaranteed themselves a spot in the 2019 MLS Cup playoffs. Although looking shaky in recent weeks, RBNY is no opponent to take lightly. While three points will be a difficult ask from Caleb Porter, the Black & Gold will stay unbeaten for a third week in a row.
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Abigail Hintz

Standing at fourth in the Eastern Conference, the Red Bulls have seen their fair share of wins and losses this season. As tends to be the case in MLS, a lot of their wins have come at home, which is bad news for the Crew. However, if Columbus has any hope of getting into the playoffs this season, every match is critical. They need to go to New York and get some points to extend their unbeaten streak and continue building on the confidence they have gained in recent weeks. I don’t think the team is in a position to pull out a win on the road this week, a tie is possible, but sadly a loss seems most likely.
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Collin Johnson

Last week’s match against Montreal was uneven but it was a win, the first in more than a month, and the continuation of a points streak that will need to keep going if the Crew want to sneak into the playoffs or build some momentum into the next season. Unfortunately, Columbus take a two-match road trip before returning home to face FC Cincinnati in early August. The first stop at the New York Red Bulls will be another test to see whether the late-season resurgence is a blip or the start of a real playoff push. The Red Bulls are solidly in the playoff hunt but looking to find some consistency. Longtime striker Bradley Wright Phillips has struggled with injuries but New York has been able to plug in Brian White to add goals. With another week of practice to mesh, the Black & Gold’s reinforcements have a real test ahead of them, but one they should be up to the challenge to meet.
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Mike Crosky

Columbus is coming off their best week in months, earning four out of six points. And as much as I would like to think the momentum will continue and a positive result on the road is upon us, I just don’t think that will be the case. The Red Bulls are 7-3-1 at home this season and tend to score in bunches at Red Bull Arena. The Crew, of course, has struggled mightily to score consistently throughout the season. Additionally, the Black & Gold’s backline is in shambles right now, with three of the four conventional starters being out due to injury (Jonathan Mensah, Gaston Sauro, Waylon Francis as well as Josh Williams). Perhaps, with the infusion of new talent and the acclimation process continuing, the Black & Gold can steal a point away from MAPFRE Stadium. However, I don’t see it.
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