July is almost over and the final Friday of the month will have a big Columbus Crew match. The Black & Gold will take on New York City FC at Yankee Stadium for the third and final regular season match between the two Eastern Conference rivals. Columbus won the two previous meetings by a 2-1 scoreline with Lucas Zelarayan scoring three free kicks in the matches combined.
The Crew is flying high with six straight matches without a loss and earning points in nine of its last 10 contests. The road form has also been strong for Columbus with two wins and two draws in the team’s last five games away from home. Friday’s game will be the last for the team with Gold Cup absences with both Gyasi Zardes and Liam Fraser returning after this weekend.
NYCFC has responded positively after its 2-1 loss at Lower.com Field on July 17 with two consecutive wins against CF Montreal and a 5-0 thrashing of Orlando City SC. The Pigeons have won four of their last six games but still sit one point back of the Crew with a game in hand. The offense for Ronny Deila’s side has scored 26 goals, the second most in the East.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Aidan Morris (left knee), Milton Valenzuela (right thigh), Vito Wormgoor (right thigh), Perry Kitchen (knee), Gyasi Zardes (Gold Cup), and Liam Fraser (Gold Cup) are OUT. Josh Williams (left ankle) is QUESTIONABLE.
NYCFC: Heber (knee), Talles Magno (knee), James Sands (Gold Cup), and Sean Johnson (Gold Cup) are OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Yankee Stadium - Bronx, New York
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ App (out of market)
5. Columbus Crew (15 GP, 24 PTS)
6. New York City FC (14 GP, 23 PTS)
7. CF Montreal (15 GP, 22 PTS)
8. D.C. United (15 GP, 20 PTS)
9. New York Red Bulls (14 GP, 18 PTS)
Around the league:
MLS continues its summer with a weekend full of games to end July and begin August. Other than the Columbus match, Friday will have two more games with Orlando City hosting Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers taking on LA Galaxy in California.
Eight MLS matches will take place Saturday with notable encounters including the Seattle Sounders against the San Jose Earthquakes, the New England Revolution on the road versus the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City playing host to Ricardo Pepi and FC Dallas.
August starts with two games for Sunday beginning with the Philadelphia Union hosting the Chicago Fire. The final match of the weekend is in Canada with Toronto FC welcoming Nashville SC, a team that has lost a league-low one match.
Last five matches:
July 17, 2021: Columbus Crew 2, New York City 1 (Lower.com Field)
May 22, 2021: New York City 1, Columbus Crew 2 (Red Bull Arena)
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)