An Eastern Conference battle is set to take place on Wednesday night at MAPFRE Stadium. Columbus Crew SC and the Philadelphia Union will face off in what should be an entertaining clash in front of just around 250 friends and family of the players. The match can be dubbed a “six-pointer” since the teams are within two points of each other in the table.
The Black & Gold are in a mini-rough patch with no wins or goals scored in their last two games. Columbus still sits in second place in the East after a 0-0 draw at FC Cincinnati on Saturday and still boasts the best goal differential in MLS (12 goals for, 2 goals allowed).
Philadelphia has been one of the hottest teams in the East for all of 2020. After the team’s semifinal appearance at the MLS is Back Tournament, the Union has won two games and drawn once in the three contests back at home markets. Philly sits in third place, just two points behind the Crew after Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of D.C. United.
Adam Miller scouts the Philadelphia Union. We preview and predict tonight’s game on the latest episode of the Massive Report podcast. We give the predictions for the Black & Gold’s starting 11. Lucas Zelarayan won’t be defined by his performance on Saturday.
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Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Defender Vito Wormgoor is OUT with an ankle injury.
Union: Defender Aurelien Collin is OUT with a leg injury. Defender Kai Wagner is QUESTIONABLE with a lower leg injury.
How to watch:
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, PHL17
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+, DAZN App
1. Toronto FC (9 GP, 18 pts)
2. Columbus Crew (8 GP, 17 pts)
3. Philadelphia Union (8 GP, 15 pts)
12. Chicago Fire (8 GP, 7 pts)
13. D.C. United (8 GP, 6 pts)
14. Inter Miami (7 GP, 3 pts)
Around the league:
MLS has a full slate of games taking place throughout this Wednesday with 11 matches all evening. Yesterday, Toronto FC suffered its first loss of the regular season with a 1-0 defeat to Montreal Impact at BMO Field.
Key games include Atlanta United against Inter Miami, Nashville SC hosting Orlando City at Nissan Stadium, Real Salt Lake facing Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers getting a visit from LA Galaxy.
Last five matches:
September 29, 2018: Columbus Crew 0, Philadelphia Union 0 (MAPFRE Stadium)
March 17, 2018: Philadelphia Union 0, Columbus Crew 0 (Subaru Park)