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Massive Predictions: Crew vs. D.C. United

Will the Black & Gold earn its second win at Field on Wednesday?

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August soccer is here for the Columbus Crew and it begins against D.C. United on Wednesday night at Field. The match will be the last one in the first half of the Major League Soccer season with the defending MLS Cup champions boasting a record of six wins, four losses and six draws. At home, the Black & Gold have yet to lose a match and have lost just once in Columbus since the start of the 2020 season.

D.C. enters this game a much different team that came to Ohio’s capital three months ago and lost 3-1. United has improved and could be the team to snap the Crew’s incredible home unbeaten run.

Here is what our Massive Report staff thinks will happen Wednesday evening.

Thomas Costello

Friday’s 4-1 match against New York City FC is bad news for D.C. United. The Crew’s lopsided defeat is going to wake up Caleb Porter’s side, especially with such a quick turnaround between matches. Columbus will score halfway through the first half, a Luis Diaz goal. Lucas Zelarayan adds a second in the run if play late into the match. The Crew continues its unbeaten streak at Field.
Columbus Crew 2 D.C. United 0

Orri Benatar

We’ve talked about the Crew being able to grind results thanks to the team’s strong mentality. This match against D.C. comes after the club’s worst loss in nearly two years and the team’s character after a blowout will be tested. I believe Columbus will rise to the challenge and the crowd support will drive the Black & Gold to three points. Nothing better than playing at home after losing in a blowout on the road.
Columbus Crew 2 D.C. United 0

Abigail Hintz

Last Friday night was... interesting. Coming in, Columbus was riding a six-game unbeaten streak and seemed to be in a good, confident place on the pitch. Then the Black & Gold lost 4-1 at New York City FC. Wednesday is going to be about getting back to that form. I think coming back home will be a huge push for the Crew, especially considering this is the second game of yet another quick three-game stretch.

D.C. will miss two players after they were red carded in their draw against FC Cincinnati but will look to play scrappy as the team fights its way up the Eastern Conference standings in which they are currently eighth and Columbus is sixth. I think the Crew needs this one, and I think the Black & Gold can get it if their mind is back in the right place.
Columbus Crew 1 D.C. United 0

Adam Miller

The Crew looks to rebound after a brutal defeat to New York City FC on Friday. D.C. United will provide a tough midweek test for the Black & Gold. D.C. and Columbus couldn’t be more different in terms of playing style and whoever dictates the tempo of the game will walk away with the points. Luckily, I think Caleb Porter and company will get their tactics right and lead the way to three points. Luis Diaz will get the ball rolling with a goal in transition before Pedro Santos and Miguel Berry wrap up the points.
Columbus Crew 3 D.C. United 0

Patrick Guldan

The Crew faces D.C. United at the right time. The team will be eager to rebound after last week’s bad loss at New York City FC and Caleb Porter manages these types of situations well. Mentally, Columbus should be prepared to bounce back. The Black & Gold also have the fire pogo bounce back.

All the Gold Cup absentees have returned and most of them have had time to settle back into the team. There will finally be a little continuity. Lastly, United will be short-handed as Moses Nyeman and Joseph Mora are suspended, joining a very long injury list. The visitors will have a hard time filling out a full roster.
Columbus Crew 2 D.C. United 0

Patrick Murphy

Wednesday night against D.C. United is an important game for the Crew after losing 4-1 to New York City FC last week. The Black & Gold don’t take many losses like that, but the team has shown an ability to bounce back regardless of the defeat. That will be tested against United.

D.C. will once again be shorthanded coming to Columbus with injuries and suspensions. I still think United is dangerous with Ola Kamara finding his form. But I think the Crew will want to get back to impressive defensive performances and the offense will do enough in a tight match that goes the way of the home side.
Columbus Crew 2 D.C. United 0

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