Game 2 of the MLS is Back Tournament is here for the Columbus Crew SC and a win will put the team into the Round of 16. After Saturday’s dominant 4-0 victory against FC Cincinnati, the Black & Gold meet the New York Red Bulls with a place in the knockout round on the line in Orlando, Florida.
The Red Bulls also started off the tournament with a victory. New York defeated Atlanta United 1-0 Saturday evening and can also clinch a Round of 16 place with a victory on Thursday. The Crew enter the match on top of Group E on goal difference and even a draw will keep the team in first place before Tuesday’s final group match against Atlanta.
Check out the Massive Report staffs predictions for tonight’s game. Pat Murphy gives us a preview as to how the Crew can handle this important encounter against New York. Ben Ferree has his weekly best bets. Nick Hudak highlights the top performers from the first game. We also have the Supporter’s projected starting lineup, the scouting report on the Red Bulls, what the other side of this game said and previewed our match on the latest Massive Report Podcast.
Crew (4-2-3-1): Eloy Room, Chris Cadden, Jonathan Mensah, Josh Williams, Hector Jimenez, Darlington Nagbe, Sebastian Berhalter, Pedro Santos, Lucas Zelarayan, Derrick Etienne Jr., Gyasi Zardes
Red Bulls (4-4-2): David Jensen, Kyle Duncan, Aaron Long, Amro Tarek, Jason Pendant, Florian Valot, Sean Davis, Christian Casseres Jr., Alejandro Romero, Tom Barlow, Daniel Royer
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Vito Wormgoor is OUT with an ankle injury for the remainder of the tournament.
Red Bulls: Mathias Jorgensen is QUESTIONABLE with a hamstring injury.
How to watch:
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020, 10:30 p.m. ET
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Orlando, Florida)
TV: FOX Sports 1, TUDN, TSN
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: FOX Sports App, TUDN App, TSN App
FC Cincinnati came away with a remarkable 1-0 upset win over a 10-man Atlanta United team. Atlanta’s Jake Mulraney was sent off in the 26th minute to give Cincinnati the advantage. Frankie Amaya’s winner in the 76th minute from distance was enough to beat the 2018 champions.
United’s former Crew strikers Adam Jahn and JJ Williams had early exits with Jahn being subbed off in the 34th minute and Williams receiving a red card just seven minutes after entering the game.
1. Columbus Crew - 3 pts (+4 GD)
2. New York Red Bulls - 3 pts (+1 GD)
3. FC Cincinnati - 3 pts (-3 GD)
4. Atlanta United - 0 pts (-2 GD)
IF the Crew win, the team qualifies for the Round of 16
IF the Red Bulls win, the team qualifies for the Round of 16
Last five matches:
July 27, 2019: New York Red Bulls 2, Columbus Crew 3 (Red Bull Arena)
March 2, 2019: Columbus Crew 1, New York Red Bulls 1 (MAPFRE Stadium)
November 11, 2018 (East Semis): New York Red Bulls 3, Columbus Crew 0 (Red Bull Arena)
November 4, 2018 (East Semis): Columbus Crew 1, New York Red Bulls 0 (MAPFRE Stadium)
July 28, 2018: New York Red Bulls 2, Columbus Crew 3 (Red Bull Arena)