After a rare full week off, the Columbus Crew (yes, the Columbus Crew!) is ready to take the field again on the road as to face New York City FC at Red Bull Arena this Saturday. The match is being played in the New York Red Bulls home stadium in Harrison, New Jersey as Yankee Stadium will be the host of this weekend’s New York Yankees-Chicago White Sox series in Major League Baseball.
It’s the third straight match on the road for the Black & Gold who currently are on a two-game losing streak and have been struggling to score goals in open play in MLS play. Columbus is still battling multiple injuries but for the first time in nearly a month, the team has had time to train and prevent fatigue going into game day. Head coach Caleb Porter and company will try to win the team’s first road game in 15 months in this contest.
NYCFC has had a solid start to the 2021 season with two wins in its first five matches, including a 5-0 thrashing of FC Cincinnati back in April. Ronny Delia and the Pigeons have drawn their last two matches against Orlando City and Toronto FC and have a chance to get the team’s second straight win against the Crew at Red Bull Arena. NYCFC has scored 10 goals with eight of them courtesy of Jesus Medina (4) and Valentin Castellanos (4).
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Aidan Morris (left knee), Kevin Molino (left hamstring), Marlon Hairston (left knee), Perry Kitchen (right thigh), and Milton Valenzuela (right thigh) are OUT.
NYCFC: Thiago Andrade (visa) and Heber (knee) are OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison, New Jersey
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ App (out of market)
1. New England Revolution (6 GP, 11 PTS)
2. Orlando City (5 GP, 9 PTS)
3. New York City FC (5 GP, 8 PTS)
11. Columbus Crew (5 GP, 5 PTS)
12. Toronto FC (5 GP, 5 PTS)
13. Chicago Fire (5 GP, 1 PTS)
Around the league:
It’s another jam-packed weekend in Major League Soccer with a couple of nationally televised contests from around the United States. There are 10 matches to start the weekend on Saturday with an ABC matinee telecast of the Portland Timbers against the LA Galaxy out in the Western Conference. The top team in the East, the New England Revolution, will host the New York Red Bulls at 8 p.m. ET from Gillette Stadium.
Sunday is an MLS tripleheader that begins at 4:30 p.m. on FOX with the Seattle Sounders hosting Atlanta United from Lumen Field. That will be followed by a 7 p.m. match at Audi Field between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union with Week 6 closing out on FOX Sports 1 as Nashville SC hosts Austin FC.
Last five matches:
October 18, 2020: Columbus Crew 3, New York City 1 (Historic Crew Stadium)
August 24, 2020: New York City 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Red Bull Arena)
March 1, 2020: Columbus Crew 1, New York City 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)
August 21, 2019: New York City 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Yankee Stadium)
June 1, 2019: Columbus Crew 2, New York City 2 (Historic Crew Stadium)