Sunday night football on ESPN2 for the Columbus Crew. For the first time in two years, the Crew is in Foxborough, Massachusetts to take on the New England Revolution in an MLS regular season contest. The two sides last met in the 2020 Eastern Conference Final in Columbus where the Black & Gold defeated the Revs 1-0 to win the club’s third conference title. This time, the match signals the end of Columbus’ toughest stretch of the season.
The Crew is on to its sixth game in 19 days and is searching for that first true road win in over a year. The midweek 2-0 loss to Toronto FC continued a dubious start for a Columbus’ offense that has yet to score a goal in open play and has only scored in one of its four league games. Despite some injuries, the Black & Gold is simplifying and will need to get its shooting boots on to pick up some important points.
New England has started the season hot as one of three teams in the Eastern Conference with eight points through five games. Head coach Bruce Arena and his squad haven’t won since May 1 and have a glorious opportunity to get revenge on the MLS Cup champions in front of a home crowd at Gillette Stadium. It’s also a chance for the Revs to beat the Crew for the first time since 2018, having lost the last four matches against their original MLS rivals.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Aidan Morris (left knee), Kevin Molino (left hamstring), Marlon Hairston (left knee) and Perry Kitchen (right thigh), and Milton Valenzuela (right thigh) are OUT.
Revs: Luis Caicedo (lower body) is OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021, 6 p.m. ET
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough, Massachusetts
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN App
1. New York City FC (5 GP, 8 PTS)
2. Atlanta United (5 GP, 8 PTS)
3. CF Montreal (6 GP, 8 PTS)
4. New England Revolution (5 GP, 8 PTS)
9. Orlando City (4 GP, 6 PTS)
10. Columbus Crew (4 GP, 5 PTS)
11. Toronto FC (5 GP, 5 PTS)
12. Inter Miami CF (5 GP, 5 PTS)
Around the league:
It’s a national tripleheader in MLS on Sunday with the Crew and Revs smack in the middle between two landmark encounters. At 4 p.m. ET, FC Cincinnati plays its inaugural match at TQL Stadium in the West End against Inter Miami on FOX. Then at 9:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, the current Supporters’ Shield leaders, the Seattle Sounders, host LAFC.
Saturday’s game didn’t have too many goals but certainly shook up the standings. Chicharito extended his Golden Boot lead as the Galaxy defeated Austin FC 2-0, Atlanta United and Minnesota United both had stoppage time winners, and the Colorado Rapids defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-1.
Last five matches:
December 6, 2020 (East Final): Columbus Crew 1, New England Revolution 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)
April 6, 2019: Columbus Crew 1, New England Revolution 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)
March 9, 2019: New England Revolution 0, Columbus Crew 2 (Gillette Stadium)
May 19, 2018: New England Revolution 0, Columbus Crew 1 (Gillette Stadium)
April 21, 2018: Columbus Crew 2, New England Revolution 2 (Historic Crew Stadium)