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The Columbus Crew are back in action on Saturday after claiming a 2-1 victory over Trillium Cup rivals Toronto FC last weekend. A 14th-minute opener from Jesus Jimenez got the visitors to Lower.com Field off to a good start and the Black & Gold found themselves chasing the game. It didn’t take long in the second half for the Crew to make a statement with a Lucas Zelarayan flare fired in the 54th minute to tie the game. Just 10 minutes later, Derrick Etienne Jr. found the back of the net with the go-ahead goal and the game winner.
This week, Columbus is back on the road against the New York Red Bulls, another MLS original. The Red Bulls come into this game after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Minnesota United. After a stellar performance against Toronto two weeks ago, New York couldn’t find the back of the net and are now looking to take out Black & Gold frustration in front of their hometown crowd.
Columbus holds the all-time series record against the Red Bulls at 37-34-12. The last three meetings have seen New York beat the Crew 4-3. Black & Gold will have its hands full knowing that RBNY is looking to redeem itself.
Injuries and suspensions
The crew: Jake Morris (R Foot), Kevin Molino (R Knee), Josh Williams (L Thigh), Isaiah Parente (Illness) and Sean Zawadzki (Concussion) are all listed as OUT.
Red Bulls: Andres Reyes (foot), Wiki Carmona (foot), Cameron Harper (quad) and Ashley Fletcher (visa) are all listed as OUT.
How to watch
Dated: Sunday, March 20, 2022
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Or: Red Bull Arena – Harrison, New Jersey
TV: Bally Sports Great Lakes, MSG
Flux: ESPN+, Bally Sports app
- New York has won two of the team’s last three meetings with Columbus. The Red Bulls had won just one of their last nine games against the Crew (1-2-6, including the playoffs) from September 2017 until the end of the 2020 season.
- It’s the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Black & Gold have scored seven points in the first three games. The nine goals Columbus has scored is a club record, having never scored seven in the first three matches of a season.
- With the loss to Minnesota, RBNY has now allowed less than two goals in 16 straight games.
- Lucas Zelarayan has now matched Stern John’s scoring streak for the Crew, with tallies in the previous six games dating back to the end of last season.