It’s happening. In 2017, the idea was for the Columbus Crew to move to Austin, Texas. Four years later, the Crew is playing the newest club in MLS in Austin FC at its new home in Q2 Stadium. Austin FC is owned by previous Black & Gold owner Anthony Precourt, who attempted to relocate the club to Austin, sparking the Save The Crew movement that kept the club in Columbus. It’s one of just two matches for Columbus against the Western Conference this year and it's on national television.
For head coach Caleb Porter, this is a match he had circled “twice” on the calendar with full knowledge of the inner storylines this game has. It also begins a three-game stretch for the club playing at each of the newest MLS stadiums (Q2 Stadium, Lower.com Field, and TQL Stadium). As for the soccer, the Crew hasn’t gotten many points on the road with just one win in five matches following a 1-0 loss at the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday.
Austin FC has enjoyed time in the spotlight but its struggles are no secret. Austin hasn’t picked up a win in its last seven matches that has put the team in the bottom- hree of the Western Conference table. Manager Josh Wolff and his team are still searching for its first home goal after a 0-0 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes in Austin FC’s home opener on June 19.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Aidan Morris (left knee), and Bradley Wright-Phillips (right thigh) are OUT. Perry Kitchen (right thigh), Luis Diaz (right knee), and Josh Williams (left ankle) are QUESTIONABLE.
Austin: Nick Lima (left hamstring), Ben Sweat (ACL), Ulises Segura (left knee), Aaron Schoenfeld (left knee), and Danny Hoesen (left hip) are OUT. Matt Besler (right foot) and Alex Ring (right ankle) are QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021, 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Q2 Stadium - Austin, Texas
TV: Fox Sports 1
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: FOX Sports
3. Philadelphia Union (10 GP, 18 PTS)
4. New York City FC (9 GP, 14 PTS)
5. Columbus Crew (9 GP, 14 PTS)
6. Nashville SC (9 GP, 14 PTS)
10. San Jose Earthquakes (10 GP, 10 PTS)
11. Austin FC (10 GP, 9 PTS)
12. Vancouver Whitecaps (9 GP, 7 PTS)
13. FC Dallas (9 GP, 7 PTS)
Around the league:
It’s a four-game Sunday of MLS matches to conclude the month of June with the Crew and Austin headlining the proceedings. The other three matches are Atlanta United facing the New York Red Bulls in the Peach State, New York City FC at Yankee Stadium taking on in-form D.C. United and a late-night kickoff for the New England Revolution at FC Dallas.
First-ever matches against MLS teams:
September 19, 2020: Columbus Crew 2, Nashville SC 0
August 10, 2019: Columbus Crew 2, FC Cincinnati 2
June 23, 2018: Los Angeles FC 2, Columbus Crew 0
July 4, 2017: Minnesota United 0, Columbus Crew 1
June 17, 2017: Atlanta United 3, Columbus Crew 1
August 19, 2015: Columbus Crew 2, New York City FC 2
April 18, 2015: Columbus Crew 3, Orlando City 0
March 24, 2012: Columbus Crew 2, Montreal Impact 0
May 21, 2011: Portland Timbers 1, Columbus Crew 0
April 30, 2011: Columbus Crew 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 1
August 5, 2010: Philadelphia Union 1, Columbus Crew 2
May 30, 2009: Seattle Sounders 1, Columbus Crew 1
May 26, 2007: Columbus Crew 2, Toronto FC 2
July 4, 2006: Houston Dynamo 1, Columbus Crew 1
May 21, 2005: Columbus Crew 2, Real Salt Lake 0
June 6, 1998: Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew 0
June 1, 1996: San Jose Earthquakes 3, Columbus Crew 2 (Shootout)
May 26, 1996: Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Columbus Crew 2
May 19, 1996: Columbus Crew 2, Colorado Rapids 4
May 11, 1996: Columbus Crew 3, New England Revolution 2
May 5, 1996: Dallas Burn 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Shootout)
May 2, 1996: Kansas City Wiz 6, Columbus Crew 4
April 27, 1996: New York/New Jersey MetroStars 2, Columbus Crew 0
April 13, 1996: Columbus Crew 4, D.C. United 0