When the Major League Soccer schedule was released in March, Saturday’s game was circled on nearly every person’s calendar. It’s the 2020 MLS Cup Final rematch on Saturday at Lower.com Field as the Columbus Crew host the Seattle Sounders. Last December, the two teams met at historic Crew Stadium for the MLS Cup title and the Black & Gold took care of business in a 3-0 upset victory against Seattle.
Eight months later, these two teams couldn’t be on more opposite ends of form. The defending MLS Cup champions in Columbus have lost five consecutive game with their last two losses coming on the road against the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls. The poor results for the Crew has the team outside playoff positioning and face its most difficult test of the season.
The two-time defending Western Conference champions in Seattle has picked it up after a disappointing July that consisted of three losses. In August, the Sounders have won three and drawn one, which includes emphatic wins against Tigres in the Leagues Cup and a 6-2 thrashing against rivals Portland Timbers on the road. The squad consists of six MLS All-Stars that includes top scorer Raul Ruidiaz.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Aidan Morris (left knee), Milton Valenzuela (right thigh), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Marlon Hairston (left thigh), Gyasi Zardes (left thigh), and Josh Williams (left ankle) are OUT. Luis Diaz (right shoulder) is QUESTIONABLE
Sounders: Jordan Morris (ACL), Jordy Delem (right ACL tear), and Stefan Frei (left knee) are OUT. Nouhou (left adductor strain) is QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, 5:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Lower.com Field - Columbus, Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: FOX Sports App
6. D.C. United (20 GP, 27 PTS)
7. CF Montreal (20 GP, 27 PTS)
8. Columbus Crew (20 GP, 24 PTS)
9. Atlanta United (20 GP, 24 PTS)
1. Seattle Sounders (20 GP, 39 PTS)
2. Sporting Kansas City (20 GP, 38 PTS)
3. LA Galaxy (20 GP, 35 PTS)
4. Colorado Rapids (18 GP, 34 PTS)
Around the league:
It’s a heck of a Saturday across MLS with two nationally televised games preceding 10 kickoffs in the evening. Before Columbus and Seattle play on FOX, Minnesota United and Sporting Kansas City will start the day on ESPN at 3:30 pm E.T. After that, a plethora of matches take place before All-Star week.
East game include the Philadelphia Union against CF Montreal, D.C. United welcoming Atlanta United and the Hudson River Derby between the Red Bulls and New York City FC. In the West, check out the Texas Derby where the Houston Dynamo host FC Dallas and the red-hot Colorado Rapids welcome Real Salt Lake in the Rocky Mountain Cup.
Last five matches:
December 12, 2020 (MLS Cup): Columbus Crew 3, Seattle Sounders 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)
March 7, 2020: Seattle Sounders 1, Columbus Crew 1 (Lumen Field)
July 6, 2019: Columbus Crew 1, Seattle Sounders 2 (Historic Crew Stadium)
May 5, 2018: Seattle Sounders 0, Columbus Crew 0 (Lumen Field)
May 31, 2017: Columbus Crew 3, Seattle Sounders 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)