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Blocked on points in MLS Eastern Conference, ranked eighth Columbus Crew will host a New York City FC side they sit only two places above them on Saturday.
While the hosts have gone four straight games without a win, the Pigeons have won three of their five league games since these teams last met in May.
Coming this weekend, Columbus Crew remains undefeated at home; winning three and drawing two of their five games at Historic Crew Stadium and their new home at Lower.com Field so far this season.
Caleb PorterThe team has drawn each of its last three Eastern Conference games in total, including last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at FC Cincinnati. Although the hosts led by two goals during the first half, and enjoyed a one-man lead throughout the second period after the Crew defender. Harrison Afful He was fired for a couple of cautions – The defending MLS Cup champs fought back to save a hard-earned point on the road.
A goal and an assist of Lucas Zelarayan The club’s record signing, which played as a lone leader after Afful’s untimely departure, proved vital in salvaging what seemed like a lost cause for Porter and company. The former United States Under-23 coach later praised his team for their tough mentality, as Columbus had started the game with 11 players lost through injury or on international service.
Even if they haven’t managed to secure maximum points since last month’s win over the Chicago Fire, the Ohio-based team has now rebounded from two goals down in successive games.
After a contentious encounter against their rivals last time, after which the MLS Disciplinary Committee found both clubs in violation of its ‘Mass Confrontation Policy’, the Crew will look forward to a more serene return to winning ways in the Lower .com Field this weekend. , as they face a team they beat 2-1 when they met earlier this season, and have also beaten in their last two meetings at home.
After being outscored by Montreal in the MLS standings after a 2-1 loss to the Canadian club last Thursday, the inconsistent New York City has lost control of the favorites of the New England Revolution.
As a result, City have won seven points out of a possible 15 on the road so far this season, after returning from Florida, where the game was held due to travel restrictions, following a previous three-game streak. consecutive at home.
They continue their road trip Saturday night, hoping to improve on their failure to protect a one-goal lead over Montreal, given to them by the former Benfica B midfielder. Keaton Parks, who also scored a spectacular draw in their 2-1 win over DC United the week before.
However, Ronny DeilaThe team remains very much in the mix for a playoff spot at the end of the regular season, particularly even with a game in hand over most of its closest competitors.
So far, the Blues have scored in each of their 11 games this MLS campaign, scoring 19 goals in total, the third highest tally of any team in the Eastern Conference.
While those goals have been distributed evenly across the squad, City’s top scorer has been the Paraguayan midfielder. Jesus Medina – with five strikes so far matching his final total from last season. However, he hasn’t found the net since the end of May, so he will be eager to get back on goal track against a Columbus team that has conceded twice in each of its last two games.
As a forward for the USA. Gyasi zardes and his deputy, English veteran Bradley Wright-Phillips, both are not available, Columbus has arranged an exchange for Montreal Erik hurtado, which could be involved on Saturday.
While Zardes is on international duty, Wright-Phillips remains out with a thigh injury that has limited the former New York Red Bulls player to just six appearances to date, so the Crew have found themselves light in terms of attack options. In fact, before leaving, Zardes had scored four times in his previous five starts, demonstrating the hosts’ confidence in his power in the penalty area.
However, Lucas Zelarayan has done relatively well in his absence, so he should retain his place in the XI of Caleb Porter, who will be without a goalkeeper again. Eloy Room, Kevin Mill Y Derrick Etienne Jr – each summoned to their respective national teams as well.
Furthermore, it is probable that Columbus has Milton valenzuela, Artur, Aidan morris Y Josh williams unavailable due to injury, while right-back Harrison Afful must serve a suspension.
Meanwhile, New York City head coach Ronny Deila will be without the Brazilian forward. Heber, as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury he sustained last year.
Although the defender of Peru Alex Callens has returned from the Copa América, both James sands Y Sean Johnson they are still out representing the United States in the Gold Cup, with the former appearing as a substitute in the midweek win against Haiti. Luis Barraza should replace Johnson in goal again.
Possible starting lineup for the Columbus Crew:
Bush; Abdul-Salaam, Jonathan, Wormgoor, Francis; Hairston, kitchen; Santos, Nagbe, Matan; Zelarayan
Possible starting lineup for New York City FC:
Barraza; Morales, Chanot, Ibeagha; Tinnerholm, Acevedo, Parks, Amundsen; Moralez, Tajouri; Castellanos
Correct Score: Columbus Crew 1-1 New York City FC
The home side’s winless streak could continue this week as Columbus remains exhausted by the absence of several key players and has developed a habit of falling behind in the first half of games.
New York City, however, is a very wise proposition, so they won’t necessarily be able to take advantage of that advantage on Saturday.
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