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Match Preview: Columbus Crew SC hosts Montreal Impact tonight at 7:30











2020 MLS Regular Season – Week 16
Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact
MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus
October 7 – 7:30 PM ET

TV: TSN5, TVA Sports


LOCAL TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Columbus Crew SC will try to create separation in the Supporters’ Shield race when they host the Montreal Impact Wednesday night at MAPFRE Stadium.

Crew SC (9W-2L-4D) are winless in their last two matches, playing FC Dallas to a 2-2 draw at Toyota Stadium Saturday night, while the Impact (5W-8L-2D) snapped a four-match losing streak with a 2-2 draw of their own against the Chicago Fire.

Columbus have dominated the all-time series at MAPFRE Stadium, losing just once in 11 matches. David Accam scored the winner early in the second half in a 2-1 victory in the last meeting on July 20, 2019.

Columbus Crew SC

Pedro Santos continued his fine form, scoring the second-half equalizer as the Crew played FC Dallas to an entertaining draw Saturday night in Frisco. However,  Lucas Zelarayan and Eloy Room suffered injuries, which added to Columbus’ resolve, coach Caleb Porter said, while being critical of referee Ted Unkel in the process.

“I’m really proud of my guys,” Porter said in the post-match press conference. “You know, the way we played that second half, with all the adversity we were dealing with. Guys dropping like flies injury-wise, an official who I’ve been vocal that I’m not a fan of, he’s never gonna help me, and that was the case again.”

He added, “Our guys just never gave in. They kept fighting, they kept working and kept grinding, they rolled their sleeves up. Whether we would have won the game, drew the game, or lost the game, I would have been proud of this group. In the second half, they showed character, they showed the personality, they showed the aggression. That’s the way we need to play. That’s our game, relentless, and [with] intensity.”

  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Vito Wormgoor (D) – ankle injury
    • OUT: Darlington Nagbe (M) – undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Waylon Francis (D) – undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Lucas Zelarayan (M) – hamstring strain
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty:  None

Montreal Impact

After looking physically and mentally exhausted during a four-match losing streak, the Impact recharged their batteries back in Montreal and returned to earn a point in a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena Saturday. They had a second-half lead through Maxi Urruti, but conceded a Francisco Calvo equalizer just six minutes later. Thierry Henry backed goalkeeper Clement Diop, whose gaffe gifted the Fire their first goal.

“This is what I don’t understand in the game,” Henry said after the match. “How many times did he save us? Sometimes it can happen that you’re going to make a mistake. When a striker misses a 1-v-1 for me, it’s as bad as anything else. It’s a mistake also, but it’s less highlighted because you don’t concede a goal on that play. We conceded the goal, it can happen, but Clement has been magnificent in games for us, he’s saved us so many times.”

  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Steeven Saba (M) – left foot injury
    • OUT: Mathieu Choinière (M) – ankle injury
    • OUT: Orji Okwonkwo (F) – hamstring injury
    • OUT: Anthony Jackson-Hamel (F) – knee injury
    • OUT: Emanuel Maciel (M) – sports hernia
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty:  Lassi Lappalainen (M), Jukka Raitala (D)

Series Matchup at Crew SC

  • Crew SC: 8 wins, 24 goals
  • Impact: 1 win, 12 goals
  • 2 draws


  • Referee: Victor Rivas
  • Assistant Referees: Peter Balciunas, C.J. Morgante
  • 4th Official: Lukasz Szpala
  • VAR: Fotis Bazako

Previous Meetings


Current Form




Season Goal Leaders

Season Stats

Columbus Crew SCMontreal Impact
15 Games Played 15
9 Wins 5
2 Losses 8
4 Draws 2
25 Goals 22
10 Goals Conceded 29
135 Shots 109
62 Shots on Target 56
199 Fouls committed 181
211 Fouls suffered 137
26 Offside 35
76 Corners 69


Goals Scored

0 1 2 3 4+ Total Avg
CLB 5 4 4 2 0 25 1.7
MTL 4 6 4 0 1 22 1.5


Goals Conceded

0 1 2 3 4+ Total Avg
CLB 9 3 2 1 0 10 0.7
MTL 5 2 4 2 2 29 1.9




Crew SC looks to get back to winning tonight against Montreal Impact



Crew SC faces the Montreal Impact at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports Ohio;
Black & Gold, Nationwide Children’s Hospital designing custom-made cleats to recognize World Mental Health Day (October 10), part of the “On Our Feet for On Our Sleeves” initiative


COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC hosts Canadian side Montreal Impact, Wednesday, October 7 [7:30 p.m. ET / FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan & (English), (Spanish)]. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website,, is set to stream the Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone.

The match marks the lone regular-season meeting between Crew SC and the Impact in 2020 and the 21st all-time regular-season meeting between the two sides since 2012. The Black & Gold are undefeated in their last 11 regular-season matches at MAPFRE Stadium with a record of 8-0-3 dating back to a 2-1 victory last year over the Montreal Impact (July 20). Additionally, the Crew has won all six of its regular-season matches at MAPFRE Stadium this year by shutout, becoming the first team in MLS history to achieve this feat. Notably, the Black & Gold have only conceded one goal at MAPFRE Stadium in regular-season action this year, outscoring opponents 12-1.

Crew SC in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital is designing custom-made cleats to recognize World Mental Health Day (October 10). The joint effort is part of the “On Our Feet for On Our Sleeves” initiative which is meant to raise awareness about children’s mental health. The custom-made cleats will later be auctioned and raffled off to raise funds that will benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A full list of activations surrounding the initiative, as well as a design-reveal for the cleats, will be made available tomorrow morning.

MAPFRE Stadium is once again set to host a limited number (1500) fans for Wednesday’s match against the Montreal Impact. Supporters are reminded that while enjoying the match, when not actively eating or drinking, masks must remain on at all times and Experience Team ushers will be increasing the number of trips up and down the stands during match action, continuing to enforce this rule as it is critical to the success of hosting matches. All supporters are encouraged to view the Responsible Restart instructional video to review the matchday experience with health and safety initiatives.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact
Wednesday, October 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

Regional Television: FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) | Coverage begins: 7:00 p.m. ET
Regional Television Channel Guide:
Crew SC Radio: 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at (English); (Spanish).
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: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | | 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.




MLS unveils rest of 2020 Montreal Impact Schedule

MONTREAL – MLS announced on Tuesday the schedule for the nine remaining games in the regular season, starting on October 3.

The Montreal Impact will keep playing its home games at Red Bull Arena, in Harrison, New Jersey, until the end of the season, and will play six of its last nine games there, five of which will be considered home games.

The Impact will play seven games in 25 days in October and two games in November, including the last game of the season on MLS Decision Day. All the Eastern Conference teams will play their last game of the season on Sunday, November 8, at 3:30pm.

Montreal is currently sixth in the Eastern Conference standings (5-6-1). The first 10 teams in the Eastern Conference will qualify for the MLS playoffs. The top six seeds will qualify directly to Round 1, while seeds 7 to 10 will each compete in a knockout game.

Each team will keep adhering to comprehensive health and safety protocols, including the regular testing of players, coaches and essential staff for COVID-19.

The Impact will play its next game this Wednesday at 5pm EDT against the New England Revolution (TVA Sports,, TSN 690), at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Massachusetts.


Wednesday, September 23, 5pm – New England Revolution – Gillette Stadium
Sunday, September 27, 7pm – New York Red Bulls – Red Bull Arena
Saturday, October 3, 7:30pm – Chicago Fire – Red Bull Arena (Home)
Wednesday, October 7, 7:30pm – Columbus Crew SC – Mapfre Stadium
Sunday, October 11, 7:30pm – Philadelphia Union – Subaru Park
Wednesday, October 14, 7:30pm – New England Revolution – Red Bull Arena (Home)
Saturday, October 17, 7pm – Inter Miami CF – Red Bull Arena (Home)
Saturday, October 24, 7:30pm – NYCFC – Red Bull Arena
Tuesday, October 27, 7pm – Nashville SC – Red Bull Arena (Home)
Sunday, November 1, 7:30pm – Orlando City SC – Red Bull Arena (Home)
Sunday, November 8, 3:30pm – D.C. United – Audi Field




Montreal Impact players Jukka Raitala and Lassi Lappalainen get the call from Finland National Team

Jukka Raitala

Lassi Lappalainen


MONTREAL – Defender Jukka Raitala and midfielder Lassi Lappalainen were called up on Tuesday by the Finland national team.

The two players will join their national team for its UEFA Nations League group games, the first one on October 11 against Bulgaria and the second one on October 14 against the Republic of Ireland.

Raitala and Lappalainen will leave the Impact following the game against Columbus on Wednesday, October 7, which means they will miss the friendly game against Poland on that day. They will be allowed to return with the Impact according to the MLS protocol for the final games of the regular season.

The Finnish team is second in its group behind Wales, with a record of one win and one loss.

Raitala has been capped 51 times with the Finland national team, making his senior debut on February 4, 2009, in a friendly against Japan. As for Lappalainen, he made his senior debut on January 11, 2019, in a friendly against Estonia, and represented his country seven times at the senior level.




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