The penultimate game of the Columbus Crew’s 2021 season is the biggest road match for the club in years. The Black & Gold are in America’s capital to face D.C. United in its final away match to play for its season. The two sides have met twice this season in Columbus, with the Crew winning at the historic Crew Stadium in May and losing at Lower.com Field in August.
For the Crew, the task is simple. A win and Columbus stays alive for MLS Cup playoff contention going into Decision Day next Sunday against the Chicago Fire. Anything less than a win against D.C. and the Black & Gold will officially be eliminated from contention with one game to spare.
United can neither qualify nor be eliminated for an MLS Cup playoff spot on Saturday. D.C. is currently sitting in that seventh place spot, just one point above the New York Red Bulls. A win will certainly increase United’ss odds going into its Decision Day game against Toronto. Another thing to watch is striker Ola Kamara, the former Black & Gold forward, who currently leads the golden boot race with 17 goals, including three against the Crew.
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Kevin Molino (right knee), Aidan Morris (left knee), Gyasi Zardes (left knee), and Waylon Francis (left thigh) are OUT.
DCU: Frederic Brillant (calf), Yordy Reyna (quad), Edison Flores (calf), and Moses Nyeman (quad) are OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Audi Field - Washington D.C.
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ (out of market)
6. Atlanta United (31 GP, 46 PTS)
7. D.C. United (32 GP, 44 PTS)
8. New York Red Bulls (31 GP, 43 PTS)
9. CF Montreal (31 GP, 43 PTS)
10. Columbus Crew (32 GP, 41 PTS)
Crew playoff scenarios:
WIN: Crew remain alive for MLS Cup Playoff contention for Decision Day
LOSS/DRAW: Crew is eliminated from MLS Cup Playoff contention
Saturday MLS Cup Playoff scenarios:
TEAMS WHO CAN BE ELIMINATED: Columbus Crew, Los Angeles FC, Inter Miami, Minnesota United
Last five matches:
August 4, 2021: Columbus Crew 2, D.C. United 4 (Lower.com Field)
May 8, 2021: Columbus Crew 3, D.C. United 1 (Historic Crew Stadium)
October 28, 2020: D.C. United 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Audi Field)
May 4, 2019: D.C. United 3, Columbus Crew 1 (Audi Field)
April 24, 2019: Columbus Crew 0, D.C. United 1 (Historic Crew Stadium)