It’s now all about MLS play for the Columbus Crew with its next match in the league taking place on Saturday. The Black & Gold welcome long-time foes D.C. United in the final match between these two MLS originals at historic Crew Stadium. It’s a Saturday afternoon kick off with a cool breeze complimenting the clear skies as both clubs look to get off a winless run.
The MLS Cup champions recently were knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 3-0 loss to Monterrey in Mexico. With the Champions League over and done with for Columbus, the squad can fully focus on league play for the first time this year. The Crew’s first two MLS matches ended in a 0-0 scoreline as the Black & Gold is still the only team in the league without a goal scored or conceded.
United started the season strong under new manager Hernan Losada with a 2-1 victory against New York City FC. Since then, D.C. has lost its last two with a 1-0 defeat to the New England Revolution and most recently a 4-1 setback at the San Jose Earthquakes. Losada and company are incredibly shorthanded with a smattering of injuries that includes multiple key players like goalkeeper Bill Hamid, midfielder Paul Arriola and defender Steven Birnbaum.
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Aidan Morris (left knee), Kevin Molino (left hamstring), Marlon Hairston (left knee) and Perry Kitchen (right thigh) are OUT.
D.C. United: Bill Hamid, Steven Birnbaum, Kevin Paredes, Paul Arriola, Yordy Reyna, Russell Canouse, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Jacob Greene, Donovan Pines and Nigel Robertha are OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021, 1:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Historic Crew Stadium - Columbus, Ohio
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ (out of market)
7. New York Red Bulls (3 GP, 3 PTS)
8. D.C. United (3 GP, 3 PTS)
9. Nashville SC (3 GP, 3 PTS)
10. Columbus Crew (2 GP, 2 PTS)
11. Toronto FC (2 GP, 1 PTS)
Around the league:
Week four of the MLS season once again has plenty of action. Seven other matches will be taking place on Saturday with two derbies headlining the day. The Texas Derby will be at 3:30 p.m. as FC Dallas host the Houston Dynamo followed by El Trafico with the LA Galaxy taking on LAFC at Dignity Health Sports Park in the game of the week.
There will be three MLS matches to watch on Mother’s Day beginning at 1 p.m. on ABC when Inter Miami host Atlanta United. At 3 p.m. on ABC will be a Cascadia Cup clash with the Portland Timbers taking on the Seattle Sounders with the week ending in Kansas City as Sporting KC welcomes Austin FC in a Western Conference battle.
Last five matches:
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)
November 1, 2018 (MLS Cup Playoffs knockout): Columbus Crew wins on penalties (Audi Field)
April 14, 2018: D.C. United 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)