Picture Credits: Columbus Crew
Columbus looks to extend their unbeaten run to four games as they travel north of the border to face-off with Toronto FC. Columbus, who will play three of their next four games on the road, will have to continue getting points on the road. With Lorenzo Insigne not yet playing with Toronto, this is a good opportunity for the Black and Gold to get their second road win of the season.
How To Watch
TV: Bally Sports Ohio, ESPN+
WHERE: BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
The last time we saw the Black and Gold in action was a mere four days ago in Salt Lake City, Utah. Columbus went on the road and got a well deserved draw. Columbus played a lot of young guys in that game, including Sean Zawadzki, who made his first career start and first career appearance for the first team.
Toronto is coming off a 2-1 victory over Atlanta United on Saturday. A 78th minute winner from Ralph Priso-Mbongue gave the hosts the lead for good. Toronto is decent at home, where they boast a 5-3-0 record.
OUT: Artur (Lower Leg)
QUESTIONABLE: Lucas Zelerayan (L Thigh), Marlon Hairston (R Thigh), Yaw Yeboah (L Ankle), Erik Hurtado (R Foot), Derrick Etienne (R Leg)
OUT: Noble Okello
QUESTIONABLE: Quinton Westberg, Carlos Salcedo
Projected Starting XI
Keys To The Match
Create More Chances
It's no secret that with the amount of attacking players the Black and Gold have out, that they would struggle to create chances. That has been the case. Columbus plays a very possession based system, and they like to build-up into situations that will help them score. But, they are hardly adventurous. Columbus could open up and create more chances if they were more adventurous in their attacking play, and that could lead to the flood gates opening.
Stay Solid Defensively
Columbus is tied for third with fewest goals conceded. If there is one consistent thing this season, it has been the defensive unit for the Black and Gold. Even with the injuries they have had, the guys that have come in have not missed a beat. Eloy Room continues to be superb at the back, and the back four in general have been good all season long.
Open The Floodgates
The Black and Gold have not been able to score a ton of goals this season. If they are to make a push toward the playoffs, they need to start scoring. And with the arrival of Cucho Hernandez getting closer, this should start to come to fruition. If the Black and Gold can start to create more and put the ball in the net, they should have no problem making the playoffs.