May is nearly here and that brings a month jam-packed for the Columbus Crew. It begins Saturday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at DRV PNK Stadium where the Crew will play CF Montreal. Montreal is currently playing its home matches at the Inter Miami’s stadium due to current travel restrictions between the United States and Canada as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Black & Gold enter its fifth game of 2021 looking to remain unbeaten to start the season but to get off the mark offensively. The Crew began its MLS Cup title defense with a 0-0 draw at home against the Philadelphia Union and were the lone team to not play in week two. As a result, Columbus is the only team in the league yet to score a goal or concede in the league. The Crew is coming off a dramatic 2-2 draw against Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal where Lucas Zelarayan scored and provided an assist.
CF Montreal, with its new name, new badge and new manager, has had a smashing start to the 2021 MLS season and sit in first place in the Eastern Conference. Montreal began with a 4-2 victory against rivals Toronto FC in Florida and followed that up with a 2-2 draw at Nashville SC, blowing a 2-0 lead in the match. The team leads the East on goals scored with six to start the year and leading goalscorer Mason Toye scoring a finesse goal in each game. New manager Wilfried Nancy continues this baptism of fire with a third straight match against a 2020 MLS playoff team.
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Aidan Morris (left knee), Kevin Molino (left hamstring), Marlon Hairston (left knee), and Perry Kitchen (right thigh) are OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021, 3:30 p.m. ET
Venue: DRV PNK Stadium - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ (out of market)
1. CF Montreal (2 GP, 4 PTS)
2. Atlanta United (2 GP, 4 PTS)
3. New England Revolution (2 GP, 4 PTS)
9. Columbus Crew (1 GP, 1 PTS)
10. Philadelphia Union (2 GP, 1 PTS)
11. Toronto FC (2 GP, 1 PTS)
Around the league:
The third week of the MLS season begins on Saturday with 10 matches and concludes with three on Sunday. Big Eastern Conference clashes headline the start of May with the Revolution hosting Atlanta at Gillette Stadium, FC Cincinnati traveling to Orlando City to make amends for its 5-0 loss last week to New York City FC, and NYCFC playing East Coast rivals Philadelphia.
May 2 includes a nationally televised doubleheader with Nashville hosting Inter Miami at in a rematch of last season’s MLS Cup playoff match. Nashville won last year’s contest 3-0 to advance to the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The second game on national TV this Sunday will be the red-hot LA Galaxy led by golden boot leader Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez taking on the Seattle Sounders at Lumen Field. The Galaxy and Sounders currently stand in first and second place respectively in the Western Conference table.
Last five matches:
October 7, 2020: Columbus Crew 1, Montreal Impact 2 (Historic Crew Stadium)
July 20, 2019: Columbus Crew 2, Montreal Impact 1 (Historic Crew Stadium)
April 13, 2019: Montreal Impact 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Saputo Stadium)
October 6, 2018: Montreal Impact 3, Columbus Crew 0 (Saputo Stadium)
March 10, 2019: Columbus Crew 3, Montreal Impact 2 (Historic Crew Stadium)