Just like that, the Columbus Crew has another game. Just three days after a loss in Fort Lauderdale to Inter Miami, the Black & Gold are back home in Ohio to face the New York Red Bulls on a Tuesday night. The meeting is the second of three this season for the Eastern Conference rivals. Both are looking to end the season on strong form to get into the top seven for an MLS Cup playoff spot.
Columbus has lost eight of its last nine games with its only win since July 30 happening in late August against FC Cincinnati at Lower.com Field. With 10 games to go, the Crew will truly need to be flawless in order to avoid missing out on the postseason. Heading into Tuesday night is the smallest injury list the team has had in months with just four players unavailable, three of which have season-ending injuries.
Since the Red Bulls beat the Black & Gold 1-0 on Aug. 18, the team has only played two games. Those two matches were a loss at home to the Chicago Fire on Aug. 28 and a draw to D.C. United on Saturday. New York has the benefit of extra rest and has the most to gain in this late stretch of the season with three games in hand on Black & Gold. If NYRB wins all its games in hand on Columbus, New York could go five points clear of the Crew.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Kevin Molino (right knee), and Aidan Morris (left knee) are OUT.
Red Bulls: Aaron Long (Achilles) and Ryan Meara (groin) are OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Tuesday, Sep. 14, 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+ (out of market)
9. Inter Miami (22 GP, 29 PTS)
10. Columbus Crew (24 GP, 27 PTS)
11. New York Red Bulls (21 GP, 23 PTS)
12. Chicago Fire (23 GP, 23 PTS)
Around the league:
MLS is very busy in the middle of this week with three games on Tuesday and another eight on Wednesday. Along with the match in Columbus, the other Tuesday games will be in New York and Toronto. New York City FC will host Ricardo Pepi and FC Dallas while last-place Toronto FC welcomes red-hot Inter Miami.
Wednesday has a handful of interesting contests with the Eastern Conference playoff race on high alert with three games. Atlanta United will play host to FC Cincinnati, D.C. United is in America’s capital facing the Fire and at the top of the table is a battle between Orlando City and CF Montreal.
Last five matches:
August 18, 2021: New York Red Bulls 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Red Bull Arena)
November 21, 2020 (MLS Cup Playoffs): Columbus Crew 3, New York Red Bulls 2 (Historic Crew Stadium)
July 16, 2020 (MLS is Back): Columbus Crew 2, New York Red Bulls 0 (ESPN Complex)
July 27, 2019: New York Red Bulls 2, Columbus Crew 3 (Red Bull Arena)
March 2, 2019: Columbus Crew 1, New York Red Bulls 1 (Historic Crew Stadium)