It will be big Wednesday night in Harrison, New Jersey for the Columbus Crew as the team takes on the New York Red Bulls in the 20th game of the 2021 Major League Soccer season. Both teams enter this contest looking to turn things around with Columbus on a four-match losing streak and the Red Bulls dropping four of their last five games.
This will be the first time in over a year the two sides will meet in a normal regular season setting after the Black & Gold defeated New York twice in 2020 with wins at the MLS is Back Tournament and MLS Cup playoffs. The Crew will have seven players out for this match and seek to counter the Red Bulls’ high press and direct play in this all-important mid-August game.
New York hasn’t won its last seven matches with no wins since July 3. The struggles have come mostly on offensive for the Red Bulls with just six goals during the stretch while conceding 10. As Gerhard Struber’s side searches for an elusive three points, the fans will be in good spirits as they welcome back former star and current Crew striker Bradley Wright-Phillips back to New Jersey.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Aidan Morris (left knee), Milton Valenzuela (right thigh), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Marlon Hairston (left thigh), Luis Diaz (right shoulder), and Josh Williams (left ankle) are OUT.
Red Bulls: Aaron Long (Achilles), Youba Diarra (hamstring), and Cameron Harper (hip) are OUT. Cristian Casseres (hamstring) and Andres Reyes (hamstring) are QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, 8 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)
8. Columbus Crew (19 GP, 24 PTS)
9. Atlanta United (19 GP, 21 PTS)
10. Chicago Fire (19 GP, 20 PTS)
11. New York Red Bulls (18 GP, 19 PTS)
Around the league:
Ten other matches will happen in MLS this week with the congested schedule affecting nearly every single club in the league. In the Eastern Conference, the big games include Atlanta United hosting Toronto FC, the New England Revolution welcoming D.C. United and New York City FC in Pennsylvania facing the Philadelphia Union.
Out in the Western Conference, watch out for FC Dallas hosting the Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City taking on the Portland Timbers and a bottom-of-the-table matchup between Austin FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Last five matches:
November 21, 2020 (MLS Cup Playoffs): Columbus Crew 3, New York Red Bulls 2 (Historic Crew Stadium)
July 16, 2020 (MLS is Back): Columbus Crew 2, New York Red Bulls 0 (ESPN Complex)
July 27, 2019: New York Red Bulls 2, Columbus Crew 3 (Red Bull Arena)
March 2, 2019: Columbus Crew 1, New York Red Bulls 1 (Historic Crew Stadium)
November 11, 2018 (MLS Cup Playoffs): New York Red Bulls 3, Columbus Crew 0 (Red Bull Arena)