It’s Decision Day in Major League Soccer as the conclusion of the 2021 regular season has arrived. Seven games across the Eastern Conference will all kick off at 3:30 pm ET with the Crew’s match with the Chicago Fire among them. While the Fire is eliminated from MLS Cup playoff contention, the Black & Gold enter the final game of the year at Lower.com Field needing a win and plenty of other results to miraculously make the postseason.
The defending MLS Cup champions know they need to defeat Chicago by a considerable amount of goals to have a chance to make the MLS Cup playoffs. The Crew needs a win, a New York Red Bulls loss, D.C. United to lose or draw, CF Montreal to lose or draw and to make up seven goals on the Red Bulls to play again in 2021. The Fire will play for pride as the team has already cemented a 12th place finish in the East.
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Kevin Molino (right knee), Aidan Morris (left knee), Gyasi Zardes (left knee), and Jonathan Mensah (right leg) are OUT.
Fire: Kenneth Kronholm (right knee) is OUT. Carlos Teran (right thigh) is QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, 3:30 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)
5. Atlanta United (33 GP, 48 PTS)
6. Orlando City (33 GP, 48 PTS)
7. New York Red Bulls (33 GP, 47 PTS)
8. CF Montreal (33 GP, 46 PTS)
9. D.C. United (33 GP, 44 PTS)
10. Columbus Crew (33 GP, 44 PTS)
Crew playoff scenario:
CREW QUALIFY: Win + Red Bulls loss + D.C. United loss/draw + CF Montreal loss/draw + equal/beat Red Bulls goal differential
Decision Day Info:
(s) = Supporters Shield’ | (x) = Clinched Playoffs | (e) = Eliminated
EASTERN CONFERENCE GAMES (3:30 pm ET)
Columbus Crew vs. (e) Chicago Fire (Lower.com Field)
CF Montreal vs. Orlando City (Stade Saputo)
(e) FC Cincinnati vs. Atlanta United (TQL Stadium)
(e) Toronto FC vs. D.C. United (BMO Field)
(x) Nashville SC vs. New York Red Bulls (Nissan Stadium)
(s) New England Revolution vs. (e) Inter Miami (Gillette Stadium)
WESTERN CONFERENCE GAMES (6:00 pm ET)
(x) Colorado Rapids vs. Los Angeles FC (DSG Park)
(x) Portland Timbers vs. (e) Austin FC (Providence Park)
BYE: (e) Houston Dynamo