For the first time since 2001, the Columbus Crew is playing a Miami-based Major League Soccer club. Saturday is the first-ever encounter between the Black & Gold and Inter Miami CF and the match has huge implications for the MLS Cup playoff race. The Miami Fusion was the last club based in South Florida and the Crew won just two of its seven matches with the Fusion.
Columbus’ poor run of form in the summer has been the recent story with seven losses in the last eight matches. Last week’s 3-2 defeat at Orlando City SC at the very least had the positive aspect from a Columbus perspective that the team can still come back from 2-0 deficits. Head coach Caleb Porter’s squad is getting healthier but will once again be missing key pieces.
Inter Miami has had an incredible turnaround in the club’s second season in MLS. The Herons were down at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table for most of the first half of the season until a recent run of results. Miami has just one loss in its last nine and has won three of its last four. The likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Rodolfo Pizzaro lead the line for the David Beckham-owned club.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Jonathan Mensah (health & safety protocols), Kevin Molino (right knee), and Aidan Morris (left knee) is OUT. Luis Diaz (lower back), Marlon Hairston (left thigh), Milton Valenzuela (right thigh), and Gyasi Zardes (left thigh) are QUESTIONABLE.
Inter Miami CF: Ventura Alvarado (undisclosed injury), Ian Fray (undisclosed injury), Kieran Gibbs (undisclosed injury), Federico Higuain (undisclosed injury), and Joevin Jones (undisclosed injury) are OUT. Ryan Shawcross is QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, Sep. 11, 2021, 8 p.m. ET
Venue: DRV PNK Stadium - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ (out of market)
8. Columbus Crew (23 GP, 27 PTS)
9. Atlanta United (22 GP, 27 PTS)
10. Inter Miami (21 GP, 26 PTS)
11. Chicago Fire (22 GP, 23 PTS)
Around the league:
Saturday will be an emotional day for the United States as the country will commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks. MLS will be no different as the league’s 10 games on Sept. 11 will all pay tribute to those lives lost on that day in 2001.
There will be plenty of significant matches on Saturday with the first being as the Seattle Sounders host Minnesota United. Other matches to watch out for in MLS are a big battle between the New England Revolution and New York City FC, the Colorado Rapids welcoming LA Galaxy and CF Montreal taking on Nashville SC.
First-ever matches against MLS teams:
July 27, 2021: Austin FC 0, Columbus Crew 0
September 19, 2020: Columbus Crew 2, Nashville SC 0
August 10, 2019: Columbus Crew 2, FC Cincinnati 2
June 23, 2018: Los Angeles FC 2, Columbus Crew 0
July 4, 2017: Minnesota United 0, Columbus Crew 1
June 17, 2017: Atlanta United 3, Columbus Crew 1
August 19, 2015: Columbus Crew 2, New York City FC 2
April 18, 2015: Columbus Crew 3, Orlando City 0
March 24, 2012: Columbus Crew 2, Montreal Impact 0
May 21, 2011: Portland Timbers 1, Columbus Crew 0
April 30, 2011: Columbus Crew 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 1
August 5, 2010: Philadelphia Union 1, Columbus Crew 2
May 30, 2009: Seattle Sounders 1, Columbus Crew 1
May 26, 2007: Columbus Crew 2, Toronto FC 2
July 4, 2006: Houston Dynamo 1, Columbus Crew 1
May 21, 2005: Columbus Crew 2, Real Salt Lake 0
June 6, 1998: Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew 0
June 1, 1996: San Jose Earthquakes 3, Columbus Crew 2 (Shootout)
May 26, 1996: Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Columbus Crew 2
May 19, 1996: Columbus Crew 2, Colorado Rapids 4
May 11, 1996: Columbus Crew 3, New England Revolution 2
May 5, 1996: Dallas Burn 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Shootout)
May 2, 1996: Kansas City Wiz 6, Columbus Crew 4
April 27, 1996: New York/New Jersey MetroStars 2, Columbus Crew 0
April 13, 1996: Columbus Crew 4, D.C. United 0