The playoff push ended without the Columbus Crew on the field late Wednesday in Portland. The Black & Gold return to the field tonight playing for pride in what turned out to be a dismal season against the second place team in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Union.
With the playoffs out of reach, the team still has a few things to play for. There’s pride, of course, but several players are playing for 2020. Wil Trapp has been a healthy scratch from the first XI the last two games in place of David Guzman. Gyasi Zardes has started the last four games, only getting a midweek break in August. Jay Hamilton and Romario Williams may get more time to show their value.
For the Union, it’s all business. They played midweek in San Jose, but are trying to hold off Atlanta for the second spot in the conference. They want all three points to keep their place in the standings and continue an unlikely charge for the first spot over NYCFC.
What to read:
Lineups: to be added when announced
Injuries, suspensions and call-ups:
Columbus Crew SC: Midfielder Ricardo Clark is off the injury list for the first time in over a month. Defender Alex Crognale is a new addition though. He suffered a concussion in training and is out. David Accam remains on the injury list with his thigh injury. Josh Williams is also questionable as his thigh injury continues to heal. Left back Waylon Francis remains out. Second choice left back Hector Jimenez is also sidelined with his MCL strain. 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.
Philadelphia Union: After a string of his first starts of the year defender Mark McKenzie is trying to recover from a hamstring strain. Backup forward Sergio Santos is out with a hamstring strain. Backup goalkeeper Matt Freese is also out with a quad strain.
How to Watch:
Date/Time: September, 29th 5:00 p.m. ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Watch: FOX Sports Ohio
Stream: Fox Sports GO/ESPN+