The international break is in the books and Lower.com Field will return decked in black and gold for Columbus Crew soccer again this weekend. It’s the 29th game of the MLS regular season for the Crew as the team hosts Inter Miami in the first encounter between these two clubs in Ohio. The match starts a five-game stretch for the Black & Gold in 15 days that will determine the team’s MLS Cup playoff destiny.
Columbus has not played since Oct. 3, a 3-0 loss to Philadelphia Union putting a dent towards the Crew’s playoff hopes. Head coach Caleb Porter’s side will need an epic unbeaten run and help from other clubs to push the Black & Gold from their current standing of 10th place into that coveted seventh position. The Crew’s form at home has been good of late with four consecutive wins in all competitions.
Since Inter Miami’s win against Columbus on Sept. 11, the Herrons have won just once in their last six games. Phil Neville’s side is currently riding a five-match losing streak with three consecutive 1-0 losses on the road that keeps Miami in 11th place. The status of this game for both Inter and the Crew is the same with both labeling it as a “must-win”.
This match will also be a return for one of the Crew’s greatest players, Federico Higuain. This will be the first time Higuain plays in Columbus since leaving the club after the 2019 season.
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Kevin Molino (right knee), Aidan Morris (left knee), and Jonathan Mensah (health and safety protocols) are OUT. Eloy Room (right thigh) and Vito Wormgoor (health and safety protocols) are QUESTIONABLE.
Inter Miami: Ian Fray, Joevin Jones, Ventura Alvarado, and Ryan Shawcross are OUT. Victor Ulloa Is QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021, 6 p.m. ET
Venue: Lower.com Field - Columbus, Ohio
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ (out of market)
7. CF Montreal (28 GP, 40 PTS)
8. Atlanta United (28 GP, 39 PTS)
9. New York Red Bulls (28 GP, 37 PTS)
10. Columbus Crew (28 GP, 34 PTS)
11. Inter Miami (28 GP, 32 PTS)
Around the league:
MLS returns in full for one final stretch of the 2021 regular season and it begins with 11 games on Saturday. The Eastern Conference matches with two teams searching for playoff spots to watch will be CF Montreal against the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United welcoming Nashville SC to Audi Field.
Out West, be on the lookout for LAFC against the San Jose Earthquakes at 3:30 pm, Real Salt Lake taking on the Colorado Rapids in the Rocky Mountain Cup and a huge match at Dignity Health Sports Park between LA Galaxy and the Portland Timbers.
September 11, 2021: Inter Miami 1, Columbus Crew 0 (DRV PNK Stadium)