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A Trip To The Nation's Capital, With A Seven-Game Unbeaten Streak At Stake

Picture Credits: Columbus Crew

The Black and Gold are perhaps playing the best soccer of the season right now. They are currently on a six-game unbeaten streak. Next up for Columbus is a trip to the nation's capital, with a matchup of MLS Originals to take place. Caleb Porter mentioned in his Matchday minus one media availability that club captain Jonathan Mensah was out due to yellow card accumulation, and that we can expect moderate rotation.

How To Watch

TV: Bally Sports Ohio, ESPN+

WHERE: Audi Field Washington, DC

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

Last Time Out

Columbus Crew

The last time that the Black and Gold took the pitch, it started off looking like it was going to be a major letdown. But, all was well at the final whistle, as Cucho and Derrick Etienne carried the Crew to a 3-2 road victory over the Chicago Fire.

D.C. United

Oh boy. Where do I even start. Not to long ago, this same D.C team beat Orlando City 5-3, and it looked like they were going to get their season back on track. But, then they ran into the Philadelphia Union. And with that, they lost 7-0, resulting in a major shakeup. The team announced Monday the hiring of former player and Manchester Unted legend Wayne Rooney as the clubs new manager, though he will not be in charge when these teams meet Wednesday.

Injury Report

Columbus Crew

OUT: Jonathan Mensah (Yellow Card Accumulation) QUESTIONABLE: Artur (R Leg), Milos Degenek (R Thigh)

D.C. United

OUT: Bill Hamid (Hand), Adrien Perez (Foot) QUESTIONABLE: Russell Canouse (Thigh)

Projected Starting XI

Keys To The Match

Jonathan Mensah Not Being Available

As the club captain and a big leader for the Black and Gold, not having Mensah will be a big loss. Couple that with the potential of not having Milos Degenek, you are looking at your third and fourth string centerbacks starting this match. Josh Williams would start for a lot of MLS clubs, and has played a big part in this team this season. The pairing of these two will be a big focal point.

Keep Foot On The Gas

Columbus has not started games off well. They tend to have to come from behind, or they lose a lead. Columbus needs to continue momentum if they want to finish tomorrow night in a playoff spot.

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