The final group match of the MLS is Back Tournament for Columbus Crew SC is here and with a knockout round spot clinched, the Black & Gold will face Atlanta United tonight in Orlando, Florida for a perfect record in Group E. The Crew has played four games in 2020 and have yet to lose or concede a goal from open play.
Atlanta has had a disappointing MLS is Back Tournament with two losses in two games. The Five Stripes fell to the New York Red Bulls 1-0 and then dropped the same score to FC Cincinnati. Atlanta had 10-men for most of the second game and have looked flat in the absence of forward Josef Martinez. United has to win to have a chance of qualification to the knockout phase.
Drew Niccum scouts Atlanta United. Ben Ferree gives the best bets for the final group games. Pat Murphy dives into why Darlington Nagbe is amongst the best midfielders in MLS. The staff make their predictions for the game. We also cross the touchline with Dirty South Soccer’s Sydney Hunte. The Massive Report Podcast goes in-depth on the New York win and previews tonight’s encounter. We bring both your and our starting lineup projections.
Crew (4-2-3-1): Andrew Tarbell, Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Aboubacar Keita, Milton Valenzuela, Darlington Nagbe, Artur, Luis Diaz, Pedro Santos, Youness Mokhtar, Gyasi Zardes
Atlanta United (3-4-2-1): Brad Guzan, Franco Escobar, Miles Robinson, Fernando Meza, Brooks Lennon, Emerson Hyndman, Mohammed Adams, George Bello, Gonzalo Martinez, Ezequiel Barco, Adam Jahn
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Vito Wormgoor is OUT with an ankle injury for the remainder of the tournament.
Atlanta United: Josef Martinez is OUT with a torn ACL.
How to watch:
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Orlando, Florida)
TV: ESPN 2, TUDN, TSN
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: WatchESPN, fuboTV TUDN App, TSN App
Group E will conclude tomorrow with FC Cincinnati taking on New York Red Bulls at 8 p.m. ET. The match will determine who will likely finish in second place and qualify for the Round of 16.
1. Columbus Crew - 6 pts (+6 GD)
2. New York Red Bulls - 3 pts (-1 GD)
3. FC Cincinnati - 3 pts (-3 GD)
4. Atlanta United - 0 pts (-2 GD)
For a full guide to every possible group scenario, click here.
If the Crew wins or draws, the team will win Group E.
If Atlanta wins, it can qualify for the knockout round.
Possible Round of 16 Opponents:
Last five matches:
September 14, 2019: Atlanta United 1, Columbus Crew 3 (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
June 18, 2019 (US Open Cup): Columbus Crew 2, Atlanta United 3 (MAPFRE Stadium)
March 30, 2019: Columbus Crew 2, Atlanta United 0 (MAPFRE Stadium)
August 19, 2018: Atlanta United 3, Columbus Crew 1 (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
June 13, 2018: Columbus Crew 0, Atlanta United 2 (MAPFRE Stadium)