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Massive Predictions: Crew vs Seattle Sounders

How will the Crew perform in hosting the Sounders on Saturday?

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Columbus Crew SC has gotten used to quick turnarounds this year. But can this one lead to a win?

The Black & Gold welcome the Seattle Sounders to MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday evening, just three days after fall 1-0 to Real Salt Lake on the road. It was the team’s third consecutive defeat and sees Columbus now on 17 points through 19 games.

The Crew need a win and they need it bad. The Black & Gold still will be without multiple key pieces due to international duty for one more game and the reinforcements can’t play just yet. Can Columbus find a way to get something positive out of this match?

Let’s see what our staff thinks.

Tyler Fisher

Same old story. Same old song. Same old dance. It’s a Crew game against the Seattle Sounders and I don’t know what else there is to say that hasn’t already been said. I feel as though they had a pretty decent showing against Salt Lake. But that still ended in a loss. I was optimistic against Orlando City, of course that was still a loss. As for the game against the Sounders, I’m pulling for a draw. That’s the least the team can do before getting Wil Trapp, Gyasi Zardes and Jonathan Mensah back.
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Nick Hudak

Look away now, Crew fans. If you thought it’s been ugly for the Black & Gold, it’s probably going to get (slightly) worse come Saturday’s match against the Sounders. Seattle is a sound side (pun intended) and are very much in contention for a deep playoff run come this postseason. It’s also comes to no surprise that the Crew have been one of Major League Soccer’s worst at home this season.

Unfortunately, Columbus continues to trend downwards week after week. With new signings in Romario Williams and Luis Diaz giving Caleb Porter much-needed depth, we won’t see them until next week at the earliest. Things are looking positive for the Crew in the long run, but expect their recent form to continue at least for this week.
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Mike Crosky

The Sounders continue their eastern road trip this weekend, after a 3-0 drubbing in New York on Wednesday. However, don’t expect the same Seattle lineup on Saturday versus the Crew. Brian Schmetzer’s group versus New York City FC was a ragtag group slapped together due to injuries, international duty and fatigue from a compact schedule. The Sounders will have two key components of the spine of their team back, with Nicolas Lodeiro and Roman Torres returning from international competition, so on paper they should be much more competitive. Seattle has an abysmal road record of 1-5-3 this season, which plays into the Crew’s favor. However, if the Crew’s scoring struggles continue, they simply will not prevail. I am expecting more of the same in this match.
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Elmer Plasencia

Similarly to Columbus, Seattle has been in poor form as of late. Both teams are missing key players to international duty and injury. With recent transfers, there are things to look forward to for Crew fans and I think this could be the match to begin a positive momentum. Playoffs may not be the goal anymore but Caleb Porter needs to build momentum and this depleted Seattle side could be the team to do it against.
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Jay Homan

With the Gold Cup final on Sunday and the transfer window opening on July 9, this will be the last match before the return of familiar faces and the introduction of some new ones. Because of that, expect some extra fight on Saturday out of the Black & Gold as this may be the last time several of these guys get significant minutes for a while. That fight could unnerve Seattle a bit as they are also missing key playmakers Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris to the U.S. Men’s National Team. In their absence, Seattle has been floundering in the loss column. Since the start of June they have only had one win and three losses. The match will be tight as the last several have been, but I believe this game will be the changing of the tied for Columbus. It may only be a small tied, but there is a positive swing coming.
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Collin Johnson

The Crew followed up their solid, though losing, display against Orlando City with a solid first half against Real Salt Lake... and still entered halftime down 1-0. Columbus will still be without Gyasi Zardes, Will Trapp and Jonathan Mensah and won’t yet have their newest signings available, but Seattle is not without their own significant absences. Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan will still be the U.S. National Team while Raul Ruidiaz and Peru are in the Copa America finals. Those absences, along with Nicolas Lodeiro, who will likely be available against the Black & Gold, were enough to see Seattle disappoint with a 2-0 loss at New York City FC on Wednesday. Still, we all know how badly the Crew is playing right now. Maybe the home crowd combined with pressure to perform from new signings waiting in the wings will motivate Columbus to score, or maybe they’ll continue to flounder around the goal. It might just be the slate of new signings, but I’m still optimistic.
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Abigail Hintz

With only one win in their last six matches, the Sounders are in a similar slump to the Crew, though the Black & Gold have gone longer without seeing a win. This is the last match the Crew will play before a number of starters return from international duty, leaving those who are replacing them a lot to prove on Saturday. And with the signing of Eloy Room, goalkeepers Jon Kempin and Joe Bendik should show more intensity now that their spot is even more competitive.

Both teams are coming into their third game in eight days, so Columbus is going to have to stay mentally tough in order to pull out their first win since early May. I feel like they have a decent chance Saturday though, and with a good home crowd it could be the breakthrough they’ve been looking for.
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