It’s a big time Saturday match as the Columbus Crew plays CF Montreal Saturday evening at Lower.com Field. The game is one of multiple coming up for the Black & Gold that is a six-point swing, featuring two teams very close in the table. The MLS Cup playoff race is in top gear as Montreal comes to Columbus with a six-point lead on the Crew.
The Black & Gold are unbeaten in their last two MLS matches, the first time they’ve gone three straight without a loss since June. A win against the New York Red Bulls last Tuesday was followed by a hard-fought 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday. Columbus got healthier of late but has been set back again to goalkeeper Eloy Room and center back Vito Wormgoor added to the list of unavailable players.
CF Montreal has been the surprise team of the Eastern Conference this season. The Canadian club was expected to be among the worst in MLS but has exceeded all expectations under new manager Wilfried Nancy. Nancy, a favorite to win MLS Manager of the Year, has Montreal with one loss since Aug. 14.
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Kevin Molino (right knee), Aidan Morris (left knee), Eloy Room (right thigh), and Vito Wormgoor (health and safety protocols) are OUT. Luis Diaz (left knee), Waylon Francis (health and safety protocols), Pedro Santos (concussion), and Lucas Zelarayan (left hip) are QUESTIONABLE.
Montreal: Robert Thorkelsson (adductor), Mason Toye (shoulder), and Kiki Struna (calf) are OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, September 25, 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)
5. CF Montreal (25 GP, 37 PTS)
6. Atlanta United (25 GP, 36 PTS)
7. Philadelphia Union (24 GP, 35 PTS)
8. D.C. United (25 GP, 34 PTS)
9. Inter Miami (25 GP, 32 PTS)
10. Columbus Crew (26 GP, 31 PTS)
Around the league:
It’s the final weekend in September and MLS teams are not resting to start the fall. Ten matches will be played on Saturday with multiple having playoff implications. The headline games are the Philadelphia Union playing Atlanta United, the playoff-bound New England Revolution hosting Orlando City SC, and another Hudson River Derby game as New York City FC plays the Red Bulls in the Bronx.
Sunday is no different with three games all featuring at least one team looking for a playoff spot. The biggest game on Sunday is in Sporting Kansas City hosting the Seattle Sounders in an important matchup
Last five matches:
May 1, 2021: CF Montreal 0, Columbus Crew 0 (DRV PNK Stadium)
October 7, 2020: Columbus Crew 1, Montreal Impact 2 (Historic Crew Stadium)
July 20, 2019: Columbus Crew 2, Montreal Impact 1 (Historic Crew Stadium)
April 13, 2019: Montreal Impact 1, Columbus Crew 0 (Saputo Stadium)
October 6, 2018: Montreal Impact 3, Columbus Crew 0 (Saputo Stadium)