October is here and with it comes the first Columbus Crew game of the new month on Sunday. The Black & Gold are in Chester, Pennsylvania to take on the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park this afternoon. The two sides haven’t played since late June when the Union defeated the Crew 1-0 in Pennsylvania.
Since that June win for Philly, the reigning Supporters’ Shield winners have dealt with a midseason slump and a CONCACAF Champions League exit. Recent form for the Union suggets things are turned around. however, with results in the last three Major League Soccer games.
Questions for Brotherly Game
Massive Report: It’s been nearly four months since the Crew last played the Union. What’s the form of the club been like since Philadelphia’s win over Columbus 1-0 back in June?
Brotherly Game: The Union had a tough run of form over the past couple of months after the international break in July, weird they often looked mediocre. All the same, they played well enough to stay above the red line for most of the season, only dropping below it one time. Over the last three games though, they’ve warmed up, winning two at home and tying Red Bull in New Jersey. The Union looks ready to close out the season strong and is looking to secure both a playoff spot and home-field advantage.
MR: Crew fans just got to celebrate beating a Liga MX team. The Union just recently fell to Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. What was the fanbase’s expectation and reaction towards this semifinal result?
BG: Truth be told, Union fans weren’t that upset over the CCL loss. Most people had Deportivo Saprissa picked to slaughter the Union in the first round of the tournament, so for the Union to make it to the semifinals and compete with Club America was enough for plenty of fans. Quite honestly, some folks were arguing for playing the Union’s B team against Club America to save the starters for the push for the playoffs. The fanbase has moved on and is ready for the rest of the season.
MR: What is the expected starting 11 for the Union and what is your score prediction for this game? Based on the previous meetings, over/under for goals should be 0.5.
BG: I’d expect the Union to concede one goal, but for Sergio Santos and Jamiro Montiero/Kacper Przybylko to find the back of the net, so a 2-1 win for the Union in Chester.
Lineups, the Union are going to run their usual, a 4-diamond-2 formation: Blake; Wagner, Elliott, Glesnes, Mbaizo; Flach; Monteiro, Bedoya; Gazdag; Przybylko, Santos