It’s time for the battle of the yellow soccer teams. This Saturday, history will be made at MAPFRE Stadium as the Columbus Crew will play their first-ever match against the latest expansion side, Nashville SC. With many murmurs circling around that the Black & Gold would pick the black kits for this home match, the team quickly dispelled those murmurs and announced they will wear gold.
The Crew have been dominant at home with four wins out of four with every win being a clean sheet. Columbus is fresh of a comeback draw in Chicago against the Fire that kept them in first-place in the Supporters Shield standings. They will look to start phase two and extend their unbeaten run to four straight games.
Meanwhile, Nashville SC currently has a four-match unbeaten run with two wins and two draws during the stretch. Their latest triumph came last Saturday with a massive 4-2 victory over Atlanta United in Nissan Stadium. The run has Nashville in position to make the playoffs in two months time if they can continue the momentum.
Andrew Atkins looks at how the Crew’s depth will be vital the rest of the year. Through 11 games, the Black & Gold have the second-best odds to win the MLS Cup. Patrick Murphy gave updates on the latest injury news for Columbus. Adam Miller broke down Nashville SC. After coming over midseason, Emmanuel Boateng is excited for his chance with the Crew. The Massive Report gave their predictions for this game. What are the predicted starting lineups for the Black & Gold?
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Defender Vito Wormgoor is OUT with an ankle injury. Forward Fanendo Adi is OUT with an undisclosed injury.
Nashville SC: Defender Ken Tribbett is OUT with a calf injury. Midfielder Jimmy Medranda is OUT with a hip injury. Midfielder Randall Leal is QUESTIONABLE with an undisclosed injury.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, MyTV30
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ App, DAZN App
1. Columbus Crew (11 GP, 24 pts)
2. Philadelphia Union (11 GP, 21 pts)
3. Toronto FC (11 GP, 21 pts)
8. New England Revolution (11 GP, 14 pts)
9. Nashville SC (10 GP, 12 pts)
10. Atlanta United (11 GP, 11 pts)
Around the league:
It was a busy weekend to begin Phase Two of the regular season with 10 other games taking place on this Saturday. National eyes will be on Mercedes-Benz Stadium with Atlanta United hosting Inter Miami, where Gonzalo Higuain could make his Miami debut after signing this week.
Sunday will have one match with the Montreal Impact taking on the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena.