It’s Sunday afternoon soccer in Pennsylvania to coincide with the football as the Columbus Crew visits the Philadelphia Union at 4 pm ET. The two sides are both looking to ease its path towards making the MLS Cup Playoffs and this game is a big step towards that. The Black & Gold have met the Union twice this season with a draw in Columbus and a loss in Chester back in June.
The Crew enters on a high with a Wednesday victory over Cruz Azul 2-0 to win the Campeones Cup, the club’s first international trophy. From an MLS side of things, Columbus is also on a high with a three-match unbeaten run to keep them strongly in the playoff push. A road win in Philadelphia would be the club’s third this season and would give Caleb Porter 100 career MLS regular season wins as a head coach.
The Philadelphia Union has picked up the pace since being knocked out by Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League on Sep. 15. Its last three MLS games have all been results with two huge wins over Orlando City and Atlanta United with a recent draw to the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday. Head coach Jim Curtin’s side is not winning a Supporters’ Shield this year but must keep up its form to safely make the playoffs.
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Kevin Molino (right knee), Aidan Morris (left knee), and Vito Wormgoor (health and safety protocols) are OUT. Harrison Afful (right knee), Eloy Room (right thigh), and Gyasi Zardes (left thigh tightness) are QUESTIONABLE.
Union: Illsinho (hamstring) and Cory Burke (ankle), Jose Martinez (suspended), and Olivier Mbaizo (personal leave) are OUT. Alejandro Bedoya (calf) is QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Sunday, October 4, 2021, 4 p.m. ET
Venue: Subaru Park - Chester, Pennsylvania
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ (out of market)
5. Philadelphia Union (26 GP, 39 PTS)
6. Atlanta United (27 GP, 39 PTS)
7. Orlando City (27 GP, 39 PTS)
8. CF Montreal (27 GP, 37 PTS)
9. Columbus Crew (27 GP, 34 PTS)
Around the league:
It’s a rare packed Sunday of MLS games with seven matches following up a six-game Saturday. The first match on Sunday is at noon with a match between contenders in the East as New York City FC hosts Nashville SC.
Three other matches will begin in the afternoon with Sporting Kansas City taking on the Houston Dynamo, the Chicago Fire visiting 12th place Toronto FC, and the Portland Timbers playing Inter Miami at Providence Park.
The evening is reserved for the Western Conference with an 8 pm ET kickoff of El Trafico between the LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC. The final match is in Seattle with the Sounders welcoming the Colorado Rapids.
Last five matches:
June 23, 2021: Philadelphia Union 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Subaru Park)
April 18, 2021: Columbus Crew 0, Philadelphia Union 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)
November 1, 2020: Columbus Crew 2, Philadelphia Union 1 (Historic Crew Stadium)
September 2, 2020: Columbus Crew 1, Philadelphia Union 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)
September 29, 2019: Columbus Crew 2, Philadelphia Union 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)