Another weekend, another Hell is Real derby match. Tonight, Columbus Crew SC and FC Cincinnati meet for the third time in 2020 but for the first time at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. This match also marks the first-time their will be fans in the stands at the Black & Gold’s fortress since the opening weekend win over New York City FC on March 1. The match will have no more than 1,500 fans in attendance.
The Crew enter today’s game with 20 points and in BLANK place in the Eastern Conference. After two consecutive matches without a win, Columbus got back in the win column with a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday.
FC Cincinnati and their defensive mentality has earned them two points in their last two games. After the 0-0 draw against Columbus last Saturday, Cincinnati got a second straight scoreless draw at home against the Chicago Fire. The team hasn’t scored a goal since the July 28 MLS is Back knockout match against the Portland Timbers.
Nick Hudak’s scouting report of FC Cincinnati. Adam Miller breaks down how the Crew can get through Cincinnati’s defense. The predicted starting XI for the Crew. What it was like for the players to have their families in the crowd. Check out the staff’s predictions for tonight’s game.
Crew (4-2-3-1): Eloy Room, Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Josh Williams, Milton Valenzuela, Artur, Fatai Alashe, Pedro Santos, Darlington Nagbe, Youness Mokhtar, Fanendo Adi
FC Cincinnati (4-4-2): Przemyslaw Tyton, Mathieu Deplagne, Kendall Waston, Maikel van der Werff, Greg Garza, Joe Gyau, Yuya Kubo, Frankie Amaya, Siem de Jong, Jurgen Locadia, Adrien Regattin
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Defender Vito Wormgoor is OUT with an ankle injury.
FC Cincinnati: Midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin is OUT with an ankle injury.
How to watch:
Date: Sunday, September 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
TV: SportsTime Ohio, Star64
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+, DAZN App
1. Columbus Crew (9 GP, 20 pts)
2. Toronto FC (10 GP, 18 pts)
3. Orlando City (10 GP, 16 pts)
10. D.C. United (9 GP, 9 pts)
11. FC Cincinnati (9 GP, 9 pts)
12. Nashville SC (8 GP, 8 pts)
Around the league:
The weekend In MLS started yesterday with four games and some surprising results in the Eastern Conference. Orlando City picked up another point against Atlanta United while the Vancouver Whitecaps upset Toronto FC in a 3-2 victory at BC Place.
There are seven other games across Major League Soccer including a couple of more derby matches across the country. The Timbers will host the Seattle Sounders in a Cascadia Cup clash later tonight and another chapter of El Trafico will be written with the Galaxy and Los Angeles FC meeting tonight as well.
We have yet to see the release of the second phase of scheduling. The last scheduled games of phase one take place on Sep 16.
Last five matches: