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Crew SC readies for Sweet 16 Knockout Round opponent Minnesota United FC tonight

 

TOURNAMENT PREVIEW INTERVIEW

Caleb Porter Crew SC coach on facing Minnesota United FC in MLS Tourney Knockout Round July 2020 (3)

 

Head Coach Caleb Porter said he knows Minnesota United FC Head Coach Adrian Heath well.

So when it comes to Heath’s tongue-in-cheek outlook of Tuesday’s match, Porter knows Heath likes to “sandbag” and take the pressure off his team.

That said, Porter labeled Minnesota as the best team they will have played so far this season, and it only takes a brief glimpse at the regular-season standings to see Minnesota’s quality, as the Loons currently rank third in the early Supporters’ Shield race and are still unbeaten on the year at 3-0-2.

“Everybody knows they’re a good team. This is the best team we’ve played so far this season. It’s going to be a great match and that’s what you want. You want two good teams slugging it out and that’s what it will be. We’re going to give everything we have to advance.”

Even without 2019 MLS Defender of the Year, Ike Opara, Minnesota has gone unbeaten (1-0-2) in the tournament, while the team ranks third overall in MLS in goals (12) and shot conversion rate (23.08 percent).

The Loons’ results so far in the tournament include a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City, a scoreless draw vs. Real Salt Lake, and a 2-2 draw vs. the Colorado Rapids, with the former two teams advancing to the Round of 16.

► VIEW: ROUND OF 16 BRACKET

Of course, those three matches count towards the regular season, and Columbus being the only team to record three wins speaks to more than just the match-ups, Porter said.

“We’re very proud of that and I told the players that yesterday, I don’t want to brush over that. Obviously we’re on now to the Round of 16 and so we’ve filed away the Group Stage in our results there, but I wanted to make note of it with my team because we were the only team after four months of being out to come in here and get all nine points and I think that says everything about our hunger.

“That puts us in a great spot when we get back to the League. That was the goal coming in – our number one priority is to win MLS Cup, and to win MLS Cup we need to get back to the playoffs. And those three games we knew were points that would add up and put us in a position when we get back towards that goal.”

The two sides have met just three times prior, with Columbus holding a slight 2W-0D-1L advantage over the Loons in regular-season play. However, Minnesota won the most recent meeting on May 19, 2019, with Ethan Finlay getting the game-winner.

The winner of Columbus vs. Minnesota will face the winner of tonight’s match between San Jose and Real Salt Lake on August 1.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY David Cath; COURTESY COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 


MLS is Back Tournament, Round of 16: Columbus Crew SC vs. Minnesota United Game Preview Breakdown

 

 

GAME PREVIEW INTERVIEW

Caleb Porter Crew SC coach Part 2 Previewing Minnesota United FC match July 2020

2020 MLS is Back Tournament – Round of 16
Columbus Crew SC vs. Minnesota United
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Tues., July 28 – 8 PM ET

TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes; TSN, in Canada

STREAMING: ESPN App; TSN App in Canada

The best team in the tournament so far will meet one of 2019’s most improved outfits in what should prove to be an intriguing matchup between two teams that will feel like they have a real shot at the title. The so-far-dominant Crew (4W-0L-1D) may be favorites, but Adrian Heath’s Minnesota (3W-0L-2D) have shown time and again over the last year that they are not to be counted out.

The two teams have met just three times prior, with Columbus holding a slight 2W-0D-1L advantage over their Western Conference opponents in MLS play. However, the Loons won their most recent meeting, on May 19, 2019, with none other than former Crew winger Ethan Finlay, also a two-goal scorer against Colorado on Wednesday night, getting the winner. The two squads have never met in postseason or Open Cup play.

Columbus Crew SC

The Crew have played pretty passing soccer, comfortably dispatched two Eastern Conference powers (albeit ones that seem to be sliding in 2020) and put up the tournament’s joint-largest margin of victory to date, all while rotating their squad. There have been a few injury questions in the team, but the star trio of Darlington Nagbe, Lucas Zelarayan and Gyasi Zardes are all playing at a high level and do not seem ready to let up anytime soon.

Updated team roster

  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Vito Wormgoor (D) – ankle surgery
    • QUESTIONABLE: Eloy Room (GK) – hamstring injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Minnesota United

The Loons, who launched themselves into the league’s upper echelon in 2019 but are without reigning Defender of the Year Ike Opara for the MLS is Back Tournament, have had a solid, if not fully convincing showing in Orlando so far. They posted a memorable comeback win in their opener against Sporting Kansas City, which ultimately proved crucial to their advancement, and looked good value for the draws they earned in their final two group games. They may need to hit another gear to beat Columbus, though.

  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Ike Opara (D) – undisclosed
    • QUESTIONABLE: Kevin Molino (M) – left hamstring injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup

  • Crew SC: 2 wins, 4 goals
  • Minnesota United: 1 win, 3 goals
  • 0 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Allen Chapman
  • Assistant Referees: Jason White, Cory Richardson
  • 4th Official: Victor Rivas
  • VAR: Guido Gonzales Jr

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 


Crew SC takes on Minnesota United FC Tonight; Watch Party in Gahanna

Crew SC faces Minnesota United FC in Round of 16 of Knockout Stage of MLS is Back Tournament tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET.

 

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC plays its Round of 16 match in the Knockout Stage of the MLS is Back Tournament against Minnesota United FC Tuesday, July 28 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Tonight’s single-elimination contest begins at 8:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised nationally on ESPN, TSN and streamed on the ESPN App and the TSN App. Tuesday’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone.

Tonight’s match will also be available for viewing in a socially distant, drive-in format hosted by and located at Headley Park in Gahanna at the corner of Clark State Road and Headley Road (Headley Park, 1031 Challis Springs Dr. New Albany, OH 43054). Gates for the drive-in viewing open at 7:00 p.m. ET. Supporters interested in attending must purchase tickets in advance for $10 per car via the following link: https://bit.ly/2WUQ4wf. There will be 75 spaces available, with parking being first-come, first-served. Additionally, Crew SC will once again host a Live Virtual Fan Experience via Zoom on Tuesday. The Live Virtual Fan Experience, which will be emceed by Crew SC TV broadcaster Brett Hiltbrand, will feature appearances by Crew SC TV talent Neil Sika and Jordan Angeli. The virtual, second-screen engagement event is slated to begin at 7:45 p.m. ET and will provide Black & Gold supporters with the opportunity to engage with each other virtually as well as be featured for cut-ins during the nationally televised broadcast. Supporters should RSVP to the event via the following link: https://bit.ly/39AGjYX.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC plays Minnesota United FC in MLS is Back Tournament Knockout Round

 

ROUND OF 16 MATCH ON TUESDAY, JULY 28


Black & Gold finished the group stage 3-0-0 and head to the Knockout Stage to battle Minnesota United FC in single-elimination, nationally televised Round of 16 match

 

COLUMBUS –  Columbus Crew SC will begin the Knockout Stage of the MLS is Back Tournament with a nationally televised match against Minnesota United FC on Tuesday, July 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET [ESPN, TSN, ESPN App (Stream), TSN App (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com (English); ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish)].

The Crew, who finished 3-0-0 (9 points) in the Group Stage and was the top seed from Group E, is paired against Minnesota, who finished Group D in the second spot with a record of 1-0-2 (5 points).

MLS IS BACK TOURNAMENT BRACKET: https://bit.ly/39ovDMQ

The Knockout Stage presented by Audi features eight Round-of-16 matches, played as doubleheaders on four consecutive evenings (July 25-28), followed by four quarterfinal matches (July 30-August 1), two semifinal games (August 5-6) and the MLS is Back Tournament Final on August 11.

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and Haslam Sports Group. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2020 campaign is the Crew’s 25th season in MLS and the 21st season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz | Future Training Facility (2021): OhioHealth Performance Center | New, downtown stadium coming July 2021.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC takes on always-tough Atlanta United tonight at 8 PM on ESPN2 in MLS is Back Tournament

In final Group Stage match

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC plays its third and final Group Stage match of the MLS is Back Tournament against Atlanta United Tuesday, July 21 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The contest begins at 8:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised nationally on ESPN2, TUDN, TSN and streamed on the ESPN App, the TUDN App and the TSN App. Tuesday’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone.

Tuesday’s match will also be available for viewing in a socially distant, drive-in format hosted by and located at Headley Park in Gahanna at the corner of Clark State Road and Headley Road (Headley Park, 1031 Challis Springs Dr. New Albany, OH 43054). Gates for the drive-in viewing open at 7:00 p.m. ET. Supporters interested in attending must purchase tickets in advance for $10 per car via the following link: https://bit.ly/2WUQ4wf. There will be 75 spaces available, with parking being first-come, first-served. Additionally, in a second screen engagement option for supporters catching the contest from home, Crew SC is set to host a Live Virtual Fan Experience via Zoom on Tuesday. The virtual event begins at 7:45 p.m. ET and will feature appearances by Crew SC TV talent Neil Sika, Jordan Angeli and Brett Hiltbrand, as well as special guest appearances by Frankie Hedjuk and David Winner. During the virtual event, Black & Gold supporters will have the opportunity to engage with each other virtually as well as be featured for cut-ins during the nationally televised broadcast. Supporters should RSVP to the event via the following link: https://bit.ly/2CWtdJd.

2020 SEASON RECORDS LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD ALL-TIME: ATLUTD 4 wins, 11 goals … Crew SC 2 wins, 7 goals … Ties 0 LAST YEAR (MLS): 3/30: CLB 2, ATL 0 (Santos 2; Zardes 39) 9/14: ATL 1, CLB 3 (J. Martinez 19 — Zardes 53; Diaz 60; own goal 85

Columbus Crew SC have one of the biggest success stories through two rounds at the MLS is Back Tournament, while Atlanta United have been one of the most confounding disappointments. Crew SC want to keep the train rolling, while the Five Stripes can keep their slim chances of advancing alive by getting their attack back on track in both team’s Group E finale Tuesday night.

ATLUTD come into this one after suffering consecutive 1-0 defeats to the New York Red Bulls and FC Cincinnati, while Columbus have yet to concede and have a tournament-best +6 goal differential after a 4-0 thumping of FC Cincy and a thorough 2-0 win over the Red Bulls in which they didn’t concede a shot on frame.

Atlanta United

The Five Stripes have really felt the loss of key scorer Josef Martinez in Orlando with one of the league’s most high flying attacks stifled in the Florida heat. If they can turn back the clock and find their scoring touch, they can still make a run at one of the four wild card berths into the Round of 16. And, as Crew SC coach Caleb Porter pointed out, despite not scoring in the competition yet, Ezequiel Barco and Pity Martinez are still two of the best attacking players in the league.

Updated team roster

  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Josef Martinez (F) – torn ACL
  • Suspended: Jake Mulraney (D), JJ Williams (F)
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Columbus Crew SC

Thinking Porter and the Crew will take their foot off the gas in this one and cruise into the Round of 16? Think again. The goal for the group stage was nine points from three matches and Columbus aren’t there just yet. That said, Porter has rotated his lineup, using five different players against the Red Bulls, and still getting the sought after result. Also, Darlington Nagbe is good, really good. We knew this already, but ATLUTD boss Frank de Boer compared him to Sergio Busquets in the buildup. Yeah, that good.

  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Vito Wormgoor (D) – ankle surgery
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup

  • Atlanta United: 4 wins, 11 goals
  • Crew SC: 2 wins, 7 goals
  • 0 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Timothy Ford
  • Assistant Referees: Andrew Bigelow, Jason White
  • 4th Official: Allen Chapman
  • VAR: David Gantar

 

MLS is Back Tournament Group Stage Match: Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United
Tuesday, July 21 – 8:00 p.m. ET – ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Orlando, Florida)

National Television: ESPN2, TUDN, TSN, ESPN App (Stream), TUDN App (Stream), TSN App (Stream)
Crew SC Radio: 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com. (English); ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish).
Crew SC Live Virtual Fan Experience: 7:45 p.m. ET  | RSVP https://bit.ly/2CWtdJd

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and Haslam Sports Group. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2020 campaign is the Crew’s 25th season in MLS and the 21st season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz | Future Training Facility (2021): OhioHealth Performance Center | New, downtown stadium coming July 2021.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS & CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

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