Another day, another Columbus Crew road match in October. This time, the Black & Gold are in the capital of the United States to take on D.C. United just three days before Halloween. Columbus has received enough points already to confirm a playoff spot but its still too close to call for a top-two seed. United’s campaign has hit its brightest spot with a playoff spot in striking distance to claim.
It’s been a season to forget on the road for the Crew. In eight true road games in 2020, the team has not won a single won with their only victories away from Columbus coming at the MLS is Back Tournament in Florida. After losing to the Montreal Impact and FC Cincinnati, Caleb Porter and his side have picked up four points in the last two matches.
D.C. United has had a full season to forget with just four wins in 20 games played. Since the firing of long-time manager Ben Olsen, United has turned it around with just one loss in the team’s last four matches. Interim manager Chad Ashton has led his group to a 2-2 draw against league favorites Philadelphia Union and victories on the road in Cincinnati and against Atlanta United.
Our lineup for tonight.@GEICO | #DCvCLB pic.twitter.com/ntwCkUYUq0— dcunited (@dcunited) October 28, 2020
Tonight’s Starting XI vs. @dcunited #Crew96 | @MAPFREIns— x - Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) October 28, 2020
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Defender Vito Wormgoor, Forward Fanendo Adi and Midfielder Aidan Morris are OUT.
D.C. United: Defenders Steve Birnbaum and Chris Odoi-Atsem are OUT. Midfielders Paul Arriola, Felipe, Mohammed Abu and Ulises Segura are OUT. Defender Frederic Brillant is QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Audi Field - Washington D.C.
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, WJLA 24/7 News
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+, DAZN App
2. Toronto FC (20 GP, 41 pts)
3. Columbus Crew (19 GP, 35 pts)
4. Orlando City (19 GP, 32 pts)
12. Atlanta United (20 GP, 19 pts)
13. D.C. United (20 GP, 18 pts)
14. FC Cincinnati (20 GP, 16 pts)
Around the league:
Eleven games will be played today around Major League Soccer as the playoff push heats up even more. The notable matches include the New York Red Bulls hosting the New England Revolution, Toronto FC taking on New York City FC, the Portland Timbers trying to clinch against the LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Football Club facing the Houston Dynamo.
Yesterday, the Seattle Sounders clinched the playoffs with a 2-0 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Portland. Seattle is the first Western conference side into the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Playoff Picture (As of TUE 10/27):
(x = Clinched)
1 (x) Philadelphia Union vs. Red Bulls/Montreal/Miami
2 (x) Toronto FC vs. Nashville/Red Bulls/Montreal
3 (x) Columbus Crew vs. 6 New England Revolution
4 (x) Orlando City vs. 5 (x) New York City FC
1 (x) Seattle Sounders vs. 8 San Jose Earthquakes
2 Sporting Kansas City vs. 7 Vancouver Whitecaps
3 Portland Timbers vs. 6 FC Dallas
4 Los Angeles FC vs. 5 Minnesota United
Last five matches:
May 4, 2019: D.C. United 3, Columbus Crew 1 (Audi Field)
April 24, 2019: Columbus Crew 0, D.C. United 1 (MAPFRE Stadium)
November 1, 2018 (MLS Cup Playoffs): Columbus Crew wins on Penalties (Audi Field)
April 14, 2018: D.C. United 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
March 24, 2018: Columbus Crew 3, D.C. United 1 (MAPFRE Stadium)