Columbus Crew looking for a rebound performance after NY City FC debacle; hosts D.C. United Wednesday night

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Caleb Porter Crew Columbus Crew coach 7 30 2021 On 4-1 loss to NY City FC

The Crew topped D.C. United 3-1 earlier this season in the clubs’ initial meeting at Historic Crew Stadium. Now, the two MLS originals meet again, this time at Lower.com Field, for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff on Bally Sports Ohio & 97.1 FM The Fan.

D.C. United has won only one of its last 13 visits to Columbus (D3 L9) dating back to 2008, a 1-0 victory in April 2019. D.C. has won just four matches at Columbus since July 1999, keeping a clean sheet in all four wins. D.C. hasn’t won any of the last 25 matches in which it conceded a goal in Columbus.

The Crew played a scoreless draw against Nashville in its last home match on July 21. Columbus, who has lost just one of its last 26 home matches (W19 D6, including playoffs), has not gone back-to-back home matches without a victory since a run of three straight draws in August 2019.

D.C. United played a scoreless draw at Cincinnati on Saturday despite finishing with just nine men, becoming the first team in nearly two years to keep a clean sheet despite having multiple players sent off. The last team to do so was FC Cincinnati against D.C. United in October 2019.

The Crew’s 4-1 defeat at NYCFC was the first time they’ve allowed four goals in a match since losing, 4-0, at the Galaxy in July 2018, ending a streak of 93 straight games holding opponents under four goals, including playoffs. It was the longest active streak in MLS, a mark now held by LAFC (90 since July 2018).

Though Gyasi Zardes is back from U.S. Men’s National Team duty, Bradley Wright-Phillips has a noted history against D.C United. Wright-Phillips has scored 12 career goals against DCU, all with the Red Bulls beginning in 2014, though he hasn’t scored against D.C. since September 2018. Those 12 goals are tied for the most by one player against a single team since the start of the 2014 season along with Wright-Phillips against NYCFC and Kei Kamara against CF Montréal.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

MATCH PREVIEW ARTICLE COURTESY OF CREW COMMUNICATIONS

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