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Lower.com Field will host a rematch of the 2020 MLS Cup Final when the Columbus crew play host to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.
The Crew are on the outside of the playoff picture after their 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, while the Sounders are back as First Out West thanks to a 1-0 win over Dallas.
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While it’s not uncommon for a defending champion to fight after winning, it’s surprising that the crew isn’t in a playoff position after losing their last five games.
Adding likes from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Kevin Molino In the off-season, no one could have predicted that they would go goalless in nine games this year.
Caleb porterThe MLS team is struggling to complete their passes and has not gotten into the dangerous attack areas, as they play the fifth fewest passes in the 18-meter space of the MLS teams.
Not only are they struggling in the final third, they’re passing the ball way too much in dangerous areas, and those mistakes have bitten them again in the past few weeks.
Their own penalty area has become a shooting gallery for the opposing teams on their current slide, as they conceded 13 goals, the last three defeats being against non-playoff teams.
The crew faced many similar issues a year ago before coming to life and they must hurry to defend their title as they are currently three points behind CF Montreal for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
After surviving a storm of injuries, the Sounders are back where they expected it to be at the helm of the Western Conference.
A year ago they chose the worst time for an off-game, lost in the MLS Cup final against the crew and Brian Schmetzer will hope that her four games of a winless spin from mid-July to early August is the worst he will see from his side this year.
With many of their veterans returning to the field, the Sounders looked like the dominant team we’ve seen in the Western Conference in four of the last five years.
The Sounders had only 35% possession and fired a shot on target against Dallas on Wednesday, but that was all it took to claim their third straight win in all competitions.
This team has gone through a lot of rotations because of all of their injuries, but they have shown that they are high quality throughout their squad.
This weekend will be another quick turnaround for the Sounders, who only have three days to rest before taking on the crew currently first in the conference just one point ahead of Sporting Kansas City.
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The crew is still fighting on the injury front, missing Aidan Morris and Perry kitchen with injuries to the left knee, Arthur has a problem with the right hip, Milton Valencia cares for an injury to the right thigh, Luis Diaz suffers from a right shoulder problem, Josh Williams has a problem with the left ankle and Marlon Hairston fails with an injury to his left thigh.
goalkeeper Eloy room has conceded 13 goals in their last four games while being their top scorer Lucas Zelarayan has been goalless in his last three games.
Porter has made some changes to his starting XI against New York from his previous game, with Harrison Afful Starts in defense instead Saad Abdul-Salaam, Alexandru Matan replaced Derrick Etienne Kevin Molino started in midfield instead Pedro Santos and Bradley Wright-Phillips started on the side Gyasi Zardes.
Raul Ruidiaz scored his 14th league goal of the season for Seattle on Wednesday as he has now scored four goals in his last three games in all competitions while teenagers Danny Leyva and Josh Atencio formed a solid midfield base in defeating the Toros.
Your newcomer Nicolas Benezet made a solid early impression on the rave green, scoring on his debut last weekend and putting in another good performance in their midweek encounter and Spencer Richey started his second game of the season in goal and got his second goal conceded.
Stefan Frei still fell out with a left knee sprain / blood clot, Jordan Morris has an ACL injury, Jordy Delem has a cruciate ligament rupture and Nouhou Tolo remains questionable with a left abductor strain.
Columbus Crew possible starting line-up:
Room; Francis, Wormgoor, Jonathan, Afful; Santos, Nagbe, Fraser, Etienne; Zardes, Molino
Seattle Sounders Possible Starting Lineup:
Cleveland; Cissoko, Arreaga, O’Neill; Lodeiro, Smith, Paulo, Rowe, Benezet; Chu, Ruidiaz
Probability: Columbus Crew 1-3 Seattle Sounders
The crew doesn’t seem to be coming up with the right formula to turn their season around and while their opponents are getting healthier, Porter has had to deal with a number of injuries at a very inopportune time.
Seattle has been playing more determined than ever lately, and they will be especially motivated to make sure what happened in Columbus in the MLS Cup final last year doesn’t happen again.
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