It’s time for a little Monday road trip. For the first time since March 7, Columbus Crew is playing a true road game in Major League Soccer. Despite the fact the Crew is the away team, the home side, New York City FC, isn’t even playing at it home stadium.
Tonight, Columbus and New York City will meet at an empty Red Bull Arena in each team’s second game of Phase 1 of the regular season restart. Columbus looks to hold onto to the top in the Eastern Conference and extend its unbeaten run to seven games. The Black & Gold are fresh off a 3-0 win at home against the Chicago Fire last Thursday.
The results for the Penguins could not be more opposite. New York City has lost five of its first six games with only two goals scored. The last place team in the league fell to the New York Red Bulls 1-0 on Thursday night.
Quick updates on the Crew’s COVID testing results and Lucas Zelarayan’s status along with others. A scouting report on NYCFC. The team’s predicted starting 11.
Crew (4-2-3-1): Andrew Tarbell, Chris Cadden, Jonathan Mensah, Aboubacar Keita, Hector Jimenez, Sebastian Berhalter, Darlington Nagbe, Luis Diaz, Pedro Santos, Derrick Etienne Jr., Gyasi Zardes
NYCFC (4-2-3-1): Sean Johnson, Anton Tinnerholm, Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, Ronald Matarrita, James Sands, Alexander Ring, Jesus Medina, Keaton Parks, Alexandru Mitrita, Heber
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Defender Vito Wormgoor is OUT with an ankle injury. Goalkeeper Eloy Room is DOUBTFUL with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Youness Mokhtar is DOUBTFUL with a leg injury.
NYCFC: Midfielder Gedion Zelalem is OUT with a knee injury. Midfield Ismael Tajouri-Shradi is OUT with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Max Moralez is QUESTIONABLE with a calf injury.
How to watch:
Date: Monday, August 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Red Bull Arena (Harrison, New Jersey)
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, YES
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+, DAZN App
1. Columbus Crew (6 GP, 16 pts)
2. Toronto FC (7 GP, 15 pts)
3. New York Red Bulls (6 GP, 10 pts)
12. Chicago Fire (6 GP, 4 pts)
13. Inter Miami CF (6 GP, 3 pts)
14. New York City FC (6 GP, 3 pts)
Around the league:
For a quick recap of the games from week six, check out our latest massive roundup. Tonight’s game is the lone MLS action for Monday.
Tomorrow will have five matches across the United States including the Fire’s return home to play FC Cincinnati, an east coast battle between the Union and Red Bulls and the first-place versus last-place match out west between Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo.
Last five matches:
March 1, 2020: Columbus Crew 1, New York City FC 0 (MAPFRE Stadium)
August 21, 2019: New York City FC 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Yankee Stadium)
June 1, 2019: Columbus Crew 2, New York City FC 2 (MAPFRE Stadium)
September 1, 2018: Columbus Crew 2, New York City FC 1 (MAPFRE Stadium)
July 14, 2018: New York City FC 2, Columbus Crew 0 (Yankee Stadium)