The weather will be perfect for the third matchup between the Columbus Crew and Atlanta United today. The forecast is for perfect conditions inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s dome, unlike the torrential downpours that the two teams played in at MAPFRE Stadium earlier this year.
Columbus has only lost once in their last nine games, going 3-5-1 during that stretch. It’s a big turnaround from the early summer swoon that all but killed off the team’s playoff chances. Luis Diaz made a big splash since arriving during the transfer window. In the nine games he’s played, including five starts, the young winger has a goal and three assists.
Atlanta’s form is also on the upswing. They are on an 6-2-0 run in their last eight games and are climbing the Eastern Conference standings. They sit in third place, chasing the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC. Josef Martinez is on a 10 game scoring run, tallying 13 goals during the streak. Former Crew winger Justin Meram settled in at left wingback and three goals in his short United career.
What to read:
The playoffs remain (a very slim) possibility, Nick Hudak takes a look at what needs to happen for the Crew to sneak into the postseason. Jimmy Lentz wants to see four things out of Columbus the rest of the year, starting tonight. Pat Murphy talked to Jordan Hamilton as he adjusts to life after Toronto. The staff thinks the gulf in talent is too much to overcome in their predictions.
Injuries, suspensions and call-ups:
Columbus Crew SC: Left back Waylon Francis remains out with a thigh injury. Second choice left back Hector Jimenez is also sidelined with his MCL strain. Josh Williams hasn’t recovered from his thigh injury, further impacting defensive depth. Midfielder Ricardo Clark is sidelined with a foot injury. No surprise with on the long term injury list, left back Milton Valenzuela and playmaker Federico Higuain are both out for the year with ACL tears.
Atlanta United: The dynamic and creative Ezequiel Barco is sidelined with a muscle injury. Wingback Brek Shea is out long term with an ACL tear.
How to Watch:
Date/Time: September 14th, 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)
Watch: FOX Sports Ohio
Stream: Fox Sports GO/ESPN+