It’s a big weekend for the Columbus Crew, a team set to host Atlanta United at Lower.com Field on Saturday. It’s the fifth match at the Black & Gold’s new stadium and probably the most important one. The Five Stripes come to Ohio trying to snap their long winless run against a Crew side who has had two consecutive poor losses.
Columbus has conceded eight goals in its last two matches in what is the team’s first two-match losing streak in almost three months. The Black & Gold have most of their personnel healthy and match fit and are in the position where they need to respond with a result. The Crew players and coaches blamed themselves for the last two results and know they aren’t a bad team overnight.
Atlanta is still on a winless run with a draw against CF Montreal on Wednesday, extending the streak to 12 straight. The match at Montreal ended with star striker Josef Martinez receiving a red card, which leaves the Venezuelan suspended for Saturday’s game against Columbus. While the attack is missing its biggest star, the Atlanta defense gets its most well known name back with the return of Miles Robinson from the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup run.
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.
Atlanta United: Josef Martinez (suspended), Emerson Hyndman (torn ACL), Franco Ibarra (lower body), and Mo Adams (left quad) are OUT. Jake Mulraney (lower body) and Brooks Lennon (lower body) are QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, Aug. 7, 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)
7. Columbus Crew (17 GP, 24 PTS)
8. CF Montreal (17 GP, 23 PTS)
9. New York Red Bulls (16 GP, 19 PTS)
10. FC Cincinnati (16 GP, 15 PTS)
11. Atlanta United (17 GP, 15 PTS)
Around the league:
As the Olympics conclude this weekend, MLS kicks into high gear with the second half of the season. Seven total matches will be played on Saturday with notable encounters including FC Cincinnati against Orlando City SC at TQL Stadium, Minnesota United hosting the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City in the Mile High city facing the Colorado Rapids.
Last five matches:
July 24, 2021: Atlanta United 0, Columbus Crew 1 (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
November 8, 2020: Columbus Crew 2, Atlanta United 1 (Historic Crew Stadium)
July 21, 2020 (MLS is Back): Columbus Crew 1, Atlanta United 0 (ESPN Complex)
September 14, 2019: Atlanta United 1, Columbus Crew 3 (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
June 18, 2019 (U.S. Open Cup): Columbus Crew 2, Atlanta United 3 (Historic Crew Stadium)