The penultimate regular season game is here as the Columbus Crew makes its return down to Florida. Wednesday night, the Crew play Orlando City SC in the highlight midweek game in the final week of the Major League Soccer regular season. Wednesday night’s game is a rescheduled contest from early October after two positive COVID-19 tests in the Black & Gold camp caused the match to be suspended. The winner of this match will secure a home playoff game for the 2020 MLS Cup playoffs in mid-November. This is also the Crew’s final road regular season game as they seek to avoid a winless away record.
Columbus had a tough run of form in October with just one victory in five matches. The Black & Gold got November started off with a 2-1 victory in the snow and wind against top of the table Philadelphia Union. The Crew has already clinched a playoff spot and is still alive to finish in first in the Eastern Conference. Even with a victory against Orlando, the Crew will have only won games in two cities for the 2020 regular season.
For Orlando City, it’s been an amazing season. Led by Nani and Chris Mueller, the Lions followed up an MLS is Back Tournament silver medal by clinching the club its first-ever playoff berth. OCSC has lost just two matches to Inter Miami since the regular season restart in home markets and is still alive for a first-round bye. It’s been a 2020 to remember for Oscar Pareja and his squad and it seeks a strong finish.
Here is what you need to know for this midweek game:
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Defender Vito Wormgoor is OUT.
Orlando City: Forward Dom Dwyer and Defender Joao Moutinho are OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, 3:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Exploria Stadium - Orlando, Florida
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, FOX 35 Plus
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ App, TSN3
1. Philadelphia Union (22 GP, 2 PPG, 44 pts)
2. Toronto FC (22 GP, 2 PPG, 44 pts)
3. Columbus Crew (21 GP, 1.81 PPG, 38 pts)
4. Orlando City (21 GP, 1.81 PPG, 38 pts)
5. New York City FC (22 GP, 1.64 PPG, 36 pts)
Around the league:
Today is a makeup day for multiple teams before Sunday’s Decision Day. Six games will be played for teams looking for playoff seedings and others still in the hunt for a playoff spot. Over at Allianz Field, the Chicago Fire have a great opportunity to inch closer to the playoffs with a win over Minnesota United.
Nashville SC will host FC Dallas as the new expansion side continue a push for top-six in the Eastern conference. The Portland Timbers need a win to keep their Supporters’ Shield hopes alive against Colorado and the San Jose Earthquakes can shock the system with a win over Los Angeles FC to also creep towards a playoff berth.
Playoff Picture (As of TUE 11/3):
(x = Clinched)
1 (x) Philadelphia Union vs. 8 (x) Red Bulls / 9 Montreal / 10 Chicago
2 (x) Toronto FC vs. 7 (x) Nashville / 8 (x) Red Bulls / 9 Montreal
3 (x) Columbus Crew vs. 6 (x) New England Revolution
4 (x) Orlando City vs. 5 (x) New York City FC
IN THE HUNT
3 (x) Portland Timbers vs. 6 (x) FC Dallas
IN THE HUNT
Last five matches:
July 13, 2019: Orlando City 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Exploria Stadium)
June 29, 2019: Columbus Crew 0, Orlando City 2 (MAPFRE Stadium)
October 21, 2018: Orlando City 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Exploria Stadium)
July 21, 2018: Columbus Crew 3, Orlando City 2 (MAPFRE Stadium)
October 15, 2017: Orlando City 0, Columbus Crew 1 (Exploria Stadium)