Columbus Crew set for mid-week road clash at always-tough Philadelphia Union

Kevin Molino is back in action for the Crew. Molino is a dynamic player who will give the team another midfielder who can score. (photo by Osvaldo Figueroa, Jr.)

After a 0-0 draw at Historic Crew Stadium to open the 2021 regular season, Columbus Crew and the Philadelphia Union meet again, this time on the road as the Crew looks to extend its three-match win streak on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. ET, Bally Sports Ohio, 97.1 FM The Fan).

Columbus is coming off a 2-0 win over Chicago Fire FC on Saturday, while the Union drew Atlanta United 2-2, coming back from 2-0 down on Sunday. It was the second time Philadelphia came from two goals behind in the 80th minute or later to claim a point in its MLS history, also coming from 4-2 down to draw New England, 4-4, in September 2011.

Notably, Philadelphia’s Jakob Glesnes’ 93rd-minute equalizer was taken from 29.2 yards out. Two of Glesnes’ three goals in MLS were scored from at least 29 yards (33.6 yards at LAFC on March 9, 2020).

Gyasi Zardes scored twice against the Fire on Saturday, his ninth multi-goal game for the Crew. Only Stern John (14) and Brian McBride (11) have more multi-goal games in Crew history (including playoffs).

Defensively speaking, the Crew has kept seven clean sheets in its last 10 games against the Union dating back to the start of the 2017 season (W5 D3 L2 in that time), including a scoreless draw on April 18.

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