The 2021 Major League Soccer regular season is winding down and the Columbus Crew is mathematically still alive for the MLS Cup playoffs entering Wednesday night’s home match against Orlando City SC. On Saturday, the Black & Gold fell to the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at home to massively lower the team's odds to qualify for the postseason. Entering Wednesday, the Crew has a two percent chance of making the playoffs.
Columbus enters the game with a simple scenario to extend its chances to make the MLS Cup playoffs: Beat Orlando. No matter what happens in other results, should the Crew beat the Lions at Lower.com Field, the Black & Gold can stay within five points of seventh place. A loss and other results would mean Columbus is eliminated with two games to go.
Orlando City comes to Ohio healthy and on a five-match unbeaten run. The Lions have an opportunity to move into second place in the Eastern Conference with a win against the Crew and losses by both the Philadelphia Union and Nashville SC. Orlando is on track to make the MLS Cup playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Kevin Molino (right knee), Aidan Morris (left knee), and Gyasi Zardes (left knee) are OUT. Luis Diaz (health and safety protocols) and Josh Williams (low back tightness) are QUESTIONABLE.
Orlando: Uri Rosell (concussion protocol), Raul Aguilera (lower body), and Adam Grinwis (lower body) are OUT. Joao Moutinho (lower body), Rio Hope-Gund (lower body), and Andres Perea (lower body) are QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, 7:30 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)
2. Philadelphia Union (31 GP, 49 PTS)
3. Nashville SC (31 GP, 49 PTS)
4. Orlando City (31 GP, 47 PTS)
9. D.C. United (31 GP, 41 PTS)
10. Inter Miami (31 GP, 38 PTS)
11. Columbus Crew (31 GP, 38 PTS)
Around the league:
The MLS season is close to finishing with just three more full match days before the playoffs get underway. Wednesday will have 11 games with multiple teams fighting to clinch a postseason spotm while the Crew and others hope to survive.
Last five matches:
September 4, 2021: Orlando City 3, Columbus Crew 2 (Exploria Stadium)
November 4, 2020: Orlando City 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Exploria Stadium)
July 13, 2019: Orlando City 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Exploria Stadium)
June 29, 2019: Columbus Crew 0, Orlando City 2 (Historic Crew Stadium)
October 21, 2018: Orlando City 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Exploria Stadium)