It’s another edition of midweek soccer at Lower.com Field as the Columbus Crew returns home to take on D.C. United. The Black & Gold last faced United three months ago at historic Crew Stadium and won 3-1 with the help of two own goals. Three months later, both teams are in the thick of the MLS Cup playoff race.
Columbus’ six-game unbeaten run was snapped on Friday in a 4-1 loss to New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. It was the worst performance of the season but things are looking up for Caleb Porter’s side entering a week with two home games. The Crew has yet to lose at home and gets back its star striker Gyasi Zardes fresh off a Gold Cup championship with the United States Men’s National Team.
D.C. has certainly improved since the team last played the Black & Gold with just four losses since May 8, including a run where United has lost just once in its last five games. Head coach Hernan Losada has seen the rise of former Columbus striker Ola Kamara in front of goal with his team-leading seven finishes this season. D.C., though, hasn’t won on the road since May 29 against Inter Miami.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Aidan Morris (left knee), Milton Valenzuela (right thigh), and Perry Kitchen (knee) are OUT. Josh Williams (left ankle), and Vito Wormgoor (right thigh) are QUESTIONABLE.
D.C. United: Edison Flories (hamstring), Brendan Hines-Ike (hip), Adrian Perez (foot), Russell Canouse (ankle), Nigel Robertha (groin), Joseph Mora (suspended), and Moses Nyeman (suspended) are OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Lower.com Field - Columbus, Ohio
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ App (out of market)
5. Philadelphia Union (17 GP, 25 PTS)
6. Columbus Crew (16 GP, 24 PTS)
7. CF Montreal (16 GP, 22 PTS)
8. D.C. United (16 GP, 21 PTS)
9. New York Red Bulls (15 GP, 18 PTS)
Around the league:
MLS will have a full plate of action for the first week of August with a total of 12 matches on Wednesday evening. The New England Revolution will host Nashville SC in a massive game in the Eastern Conference with other notable encounters including the Florida Derby in Orlando and a Texas Derby in Austin between El Tree and the Houston Dynamo.
Last five matches:
May 8, 2021: Columbus Crew 3, D.C. United 1 (Historic Crew Stadium)
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)