It’s the 26th game of the season for the Columbus Crew on Saturday. The Black & Gold are making their second trip in 2021 to Foxborough to face-off with the Supporters’ Shield-leading New England Revolution. The two clubs have met in some notable encounters in the last two years that include the 2020 Eastern Conference Final and the first-ever game at Lower.com Field this year.
The Crew’s confidence got a boost in the right direction after a come from behind 2-1 victory against the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday, the club’s second win since July 30. Striker Miguel Berry has been the hero at home but Columbus is still looking for one on the road. The Black & Gold have won just two of their 11 road matches in 2021.
MLS’s best team resides in New England with the Revs cruising towards the club’s first-ever Supporters’ Shield with one and a half months to go. In 25 games, New England has won 17 games and scored an MLS-leading 47 goals. Three of those goals have come against the Crew with a 1-0 win back in May and the infamous 2-2 draw in July at Lower.com Field.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Kevin Molino (right knee), Aidan Morris (left knee), Waylon Francis (health and safety protocols), and Pedro Santos (concussion) are OUT. Milton Valenzuela (right thigh) and Lucas Zelarayan (left hip) are QUESTIONABLE.
Revolution: Carles Gil (muscular), Maciel (undisclosed), Jon Bell (undisclosed), Gustavo Bou (undisclosed), Edward Kizza (undisclosed), and Emmanuel Boateng (undisclosed), are QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough, Massachusetts
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ (out of market)
1. New England Revolution (25 GP, 55 PTS)
2. Nashville SC (23 GP, 41 PTS)
3. Orlando City (24 GP, 38 PTS)
9. Philadelphia Union (23 GP, 32 PTS)
10. Columbus Crew (25 GP, 30 PTS)
11. New York Red Bulls (22 GP, 23 PTS)
Around the league:
MLS continues its rush of games to get to the postseason with the MLS Cup playoffs due to start two months from Monday. Saturday will have eight matches that include Atlanta United hosting D.C. United, LA Galaxy on the road taking on Minnesota United and an all Texas Battle between the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas.
Sunday will conclude the weekend with four more games beginning CF Montreal and the Chicago Fire at 1 p.m. Following that, the Philadelphia Union matchup with Orlando City SC, the Portland Timbers are home at Providence Park against LAFC and the Colorado Rapids play the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Last five matches:
July 3, 2021: Columbus Crew 2, - New England Revolution 2 (Lower.com Field)
May 16, 2021: New England Revolution 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Gillette Stadium)
December 6, 2020 (East Final): Columbus Crew 1, New England Revolution 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)
April 6, 2019: Columbus Crew 1, New England Revolution 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)
March 9, 2019: New England Revolution 0, Columbus Crew 2 (Gillette Stadium)