Columbus Set To Face-Off Against Defending MLS Cup Champions


Picture Credits: Columbus Crew


Columbus is currently on a two-game unbeaten run. They beat DC United 3-0 at Lower.com Field two weeks ago, and then followed it up with a 2-2 draw against New England last weekend. But, playing against the defending MLS Cup Champions will be a different story.



Last Time Out


Columbus Crew

The last time the Crew took the field, they ended with a 2-2 draw against New England. Columbus took the lead, 1-0 off of a Miguel Berry goal midway through the first half. New England would come roaring back in the second half, eventually taking a 2-1 lead late in the game, in what seemed to be the game winner. But, in the 89th minute, Erik Hurtado would help the Black and Gold secure a vital road point.


New York City FC

NYCFC is coming off a home draw to Sporting KC last weekend. NYCFC dominated possession and shots, though both teams only had 3 shots each on target. NYCFC comes into the game in sixth place in the eastern conference.


Injury Report


Columbus

OUT: Kevin Molino (Knee)

QUESTIONABLE: Steven Moreira, Marlon Hairston


New York City FC

OUT: Anton Tinnerholm (Achilles)

QUESTIONABLE: Maxi Moralez (Ankle), Heber Araujo (Head)


Projected XI




Keys To The Game


Continue To Score

Since the Crew drew 0-0 with Sporting KC, they have scored five goals in their past two games. It's something that if the Black and Gold want to create some separation in the standings, they need to continue to do. They had a drought earlier in the season, and they cannot afford to do that again.


What Formation Does Caleb Porter Roll With

Earlier in the season, Caleb Porter deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation. After Lucas didn't start the past three games, Porter switched to a more classic 4-3-3 formation. Where does Lucas fit? If Porter stays with a 4-3-3, Lucas would more than likely play on the wing, or as a false nine. It will be interesting to see how Caleb Porter uses him.


Prediction

I am not good at predicting these games. In the last two games, the Crew have a win and a draw. Now, they have to travel to New York, where they will play the defending MLS Cup Champions. With that, Columbus will leave New York with a point, in a 1-1 draw.