With just eight points separating the two sides, Columbus would be hoping to close the gap and Catapult themselves back into the mix.
Columbus Crew will host Philadelphia Union in a Major League Soccer (MLS) fixture at Lower.com Field on Sunday. The hosts are heading into the tie on the back of a 2-1 win at Toronto FC last Wednesday, while, on the same day, Philadelphia suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at Chicago. Columbus currently occupy 9th spot in the Eastern Conference table with 21 points, while the visitors are six places above them with 29 points. Therefore, with just eight points separating the two sides, Columbus would be hoping to close the gap and Catapult themselves back into the mix.
A big day at @LowerFieldCbus 🙌
— The Crew (@ColumbusCrew) July 3, 2022
On Wednesday, at BMO Field,Columbus netted two goals inside the opening half-hour through Sean Zawadzski and Darlington Nagbe. Although Toronto pulled one back through Jesus Jimenez, the Crew held on to the slender lead and secured all three points. It was a solid defensive display from Caleb Porter’s side, as they had only 36% ball possession, defended deep and absorbed all the pressure in the second half.
Philadelphia, on the other hand, suffered only their second league defeat of the season on Wednesday courtesy of Federico Navarro’s lone 68th-minute strike. Meanwhile Philadelphia finished the match with 10-man after Jose Martinez was sent off, eighteen minutes from time. Off late, Philadelphia’s form hasn’t been very great, registering just two wins from their last 11 games. However, because of their brilliant initial form, which saw them winning five of their opening six games, Jim Kurin’s side are still joint-top of the standings alongside Montreal.
Columbus Crew head coach Porter is unlikely to make too many alterations to the side that got the job done against Toronto. Russel- Row would lead the attack alongside Zelerayan, with Moreira and Santos occupying the flanks. Nagbe, Morris and Zawadzki would form the midfield trio. As for Philadelphia Union, Martinez is unavailable after picking up a red card in the previous game. Meanwhile Kai Wagnder is also out after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign last time out
Columbus Crew probable line-up: Room; Mensah, Williams, Degenek; Moreira, Nagbe, Morris, Zawadzki, Santos; Zelarayan, Russell-Rowe
Philadelphia Union probable line-up: Blake; Harriel, Glesnes, Findlay, Real; Bedoya, Elliott, Flach; Gazdag; Uhre, Carnaza
The Major League Soccer encounter between Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union will take place at Lower.com Field and it will kickoff at 5:00 am IST on July 4, Monday.
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