2016 MLS Season Preview: Columbus Crew

As the 2016 MLS season edges closer, we’ll be publishing each team’s MLS 2016 Season Preview. Today we take a look at what Columbus Crew will be looking to achieve over the next nine months.

Columbus Crew enjoyed a good 2015 season last time out, with the highlight being the trip to the MLS Cup Final, where they unfortunately lost 2-1 to the Portland Timbers in a game that was almost out of their reach within the first ten minutes. Besides the obvious disappointment of how the year ended, they can be proud of their progress after knocking out favourites New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Final. There was cause for concern after their slow start in which they only won one of the first five games, but they turned things around and finished second in the Eastern Conference. Crew fans will be looking forward to the new season, with much more expected of this dynamic, attacking squad. The aim will be to go one better than last year.

Last regular season finish:

Eastern Conference – Position: 2nd – P34 – W15 – D8 – L11

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What needs to change this year?

As mentioned above, they need to start better this term. One win from their first five caused concern amongst fans and a similar start wouldn’t provide the required platform to push on from. However, the main concern to be addressed will be the team’s defensive record. The Crew may have finished second in the Eastern Conference, but they conceded the fourth-highest number of regular season goals in MLS. They must shore up at the back this term as they will look to better their record of six clean-sheets.

Key changes to squad:

Ins: Corey Ashe – Defender – Emil Larsen – Midfielder – Conor Casey – Forward – Amro Tarek – Defender – Rodrigo Saravia – Midfielder – Ola Kamara – Forward

OutsEmanuel Pogatetz – Defender – Kristinn Steindorsson – Midfielder – Ben Speas – Midfielder – Matt Lampson – Goalkeeper – Kevan George – Midfielder – Aaron Schoenfeld – Forward – Chris Klute – Defender – Jack McInerney – Forward – Sergio Campbell  Defender – Romain Gall – Midfielder

Key Player:

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Kei Kamara – Forward – Kei Kamara was outstanding in 2015, providing some hugely important goals as he matched Golden Boot winner, Sebastian Giovinco’s tally of 22 goals over the course of the regular season. Despite some concerns, he is staying on with the Crew this season and will be a mainstay in the first team once more, should he keep himself fit. His aim will be to better last year’s excellent goal return.

One to Watch:

Ola Kamara – Forward – Columbus now have two Kamara’s in attack. Ola Kamara is a newly-acquired signing from Austria Wien, who has played international football for Norway. He can play as a winger or as an out-and-out striker and will provide cover for the front three this season in Ethan Finlay, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara. He will look to nail down a starting berth and could prove to be a dangerous outlet if given the sufficient minutes by Gregg Berhalter.

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Predicted Finish:

Eastern Conference – 1st – The Crew ended 2015 as one of the most dangerous sides in MLS and will look to challenge at the very top of the Eastern Conference once again this term. There have not been many changes to their starting lineup and that probably puts them in the best position to push on in 2016 and go one better than their second-placed finish last year. Expect others like New York Red Bulls, DC United and Toronto FC to challenge for top spot, but over the course of the season we see Columbus leading the pack, with an immediate return to the MLS Cup Final a real possibility.

What are you expecting from Columbus Crew in 2016?

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Portland secure first ever MLS Cup – Match report from Columbus

The Portland Timbers came into Columbus and the MLS Cup game as underdogs, but left as MLS Cup champions, triumphing over the Columbus Crew 2-1, with early goals from Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace sealing the historic victory.

The Timbers enjoyed a dream start within 27 seconds of kickoff, when midfielder Diego Valeri took advantage of Columbus Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark’s horrendous error.

Valeri made a strong tackle on the ‘keeper and the Timbers quickly found themselves up 1-0 to the complete disbelief of the Crew and their fans.

Valeri’s goal was the fastest goal ever scored in MLS Cup history.

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The Crew struggled to connect on their passes early on due to the Timbers’ high pressure on the midfield and defense. It eventually led to a crucial turnover that the Timbers capitalised on in the 7th minute to make it 2-0.

Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe found winger Lucas Melano, who crossed it into the six-yard box. Rodney Wallace connected with a flying header and put the ball into the back of the Crew’s net to further stun the home crowd.

Controversy couldn’t stay away from this cup final, as replays later showed that the ball won by Powell in the build up to the goal was actually a couple of feet out of play.

Portland and Columbus had probably planned for most eventualities. But being two up after seven minutes is a strange situation for any side, let alone an away side in a final. The Timbers started the game like it was the 87th minute, and not the 7th.

With their backs against the wall, the Crew quickly came alive and regained control of the game. They continued to find chances in the first half and were eventually rewarded in the 18th minute.

The home team found fullback Harrison Afful, who crossed it into the penalty area. A goal-mouth scramble ensued and league-leading scorer Kei Kamara was on hand to finish.

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Portland looked happy to hear the halftime whistle and head coach Caleb Porter sent them out in the second half with a solid game plan to hit Columbus on the break.

The Crew dominated possession and created chances. However, their finishing left them wanting, as they were unable to register a shot on target in the second half.

Portland took advantage of the Crew playing high up the field by countering back whenever they found the chance. That led to two huge opportunities that hit the woodwork as a third goal looked more likely that a Columbus equaliser.

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The first left the Crew scrambling on a corner, as the ball fell to Wallace, who had his shot saved by Clark. The clearance then hit the crossbar before getting cleared.

The second chance came for Timbers striker Fanendo Adi as his header from Jorge Villafana’s cross hit the far post before hitting Steve Clark, who fumbled the ball out of bounds.

Both teams continued to fight tooth and nail for every loose ball and take any shot they could get. But as the final minutes of added time came and went the final whistle blew, the Timbers rushed onto the field knowing that they just won their first ever MLS Cup.

Kei Kamara left to “soak in” Portland celebrations by remaining on pitch

It was tough not to feel sympathetic for Kei Kamara as the Portland Timbers celebrated their first ever MLS Cup championship at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday night.

The Columbus Crew star man’s goal wasn’t enough to complete a comeback as Portland won the 2015 MLS Cup Final by a 2-1 scoreline in Ohio, becoming the first team to lift the trophy on the road since the home advantage rule was introduced.

The Crew players quickly left the field at the final whistle, allowing Portland to celebrate their success, but one man remained as Kamara watched the Timbers’ celebrations for 15 minutes from a distance.

“I wanted to sit out there. I wanted to see what it feels like to lift that trophy,” he said afterwards.

“That’s why I was sitting out there. Those are the things that keep you going, working harder and harder.

“I’ve been there before – not to the final, but in games you really want to win. To me, it’s not just about getting up and walking away. It’s about seeing the other guys and how they feel, what that celebration is like. Because you want to feel that. That’s the feeling I was just soaking in.”

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Kamara enjoyed a stunning first season with the Crew as he netted a total of 26 goals in 37 appearances. Although being left disappointed with the way the season ended on Sunday, the 31-year-old attacker praised the support he’s received from Columbus fans since arriving.

“They’ve shown me love from day one, from the first tweet I did saying ‘New Crew, I’m coming to this team.

“They’ve always shown me love. The fans have been amazing all year, and I appreciate them.”

MLS Cup Final Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers

Competition: MLS Cup Final – Columbus Crew vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Sunday, December 6 – 16:00 ET (21:00 ET)

Match Odds: Columbus 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – Portland 12/5

Match Preview

It’s here. The 2015 MLS Cup Final between Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers will cap off the campaign in fine style on Sunday night as East meets West at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.

It looks set to be one of the most unpredictable MLS Cup finals in recent memory and both sides will feel they have a genuine shot at success on Sunday evening.

Columbus come into the game as Eastern Conference champions after beating the New York Red Bulls 2-1 over two legs in the last round. They have earned the right to host the final as a result of their goal difference to Portland’s and will hope home comforts can see them lift a second title in their 21-year history.

Columbus Crew’s 2015 MLS record: P38 – W17 – D8 – L13

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Portland will be looking to spoil the party though. The Timbers travel to Columbus as Western Conference champions after a fine two-legged performance against FC Dallas, advancing 5-3 on aggregate.

They have a formidable away record in MLS this year and will hope their first ever MLS Cup Final appearance can be a successful one in what is just their fifth season in the league.

Portland Timbers’ 2015 MLS record: P39 – W17 – D11 – L11

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Caleb Porter’s side will look to score early on Sunday. They haven’t lost a game when scoring first all season and will be able to silence the crowd if they get the go-ahead strike in this one.

This will be just the seventh meeting between the two sides. They are equal in every aspect based on previous meetings as both have won two, drawn two and lost two, scoring and conceding six goals each.

WATCH: 2015 MLS Cup Final Preview Show

Team News

Columbus Crew manager Gregg Berhalter has just one injury concern as Kristinn Steindorsson will miss out again. Other than that the Crew have no concerns and are likely to remain unchanged for the final.

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter will be sweating on the fitness of two of his key men in Liam Ridgewell and Fanendo Adi. Both are doubts but should be passed fit to play. Ben Zemanski is definitely out as he continues to recover from his ACL injury.

Key Points

Columbus Crew’s last five: W/L/W/W/L

Portland Timbers’ last five: W/D/W/W/D

Key Stat: Portland Timbers have won more away games (8) than any other MLS side in 2015.

Key Player: Kei Kamara – The Columbus Crew striker can single-handedly decide a game if he is at his best and the home fans will be desperate to see the powerful forward carry the Black and Gold to MLS Cup success in this one.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 1-2 Portland Timbers – This looks set to be one of the most unpredictable MLS Cup finals in a while between two of the league’s most entertaining sides. We should be treated to goals in Columbus on Sunday night but Portland might just stun the Crew by becoming champions.

Montreal comeback to beat Columbus in first leg of key Eastern playoff

Montreal Impact came from behind to beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal on Sunday night.

It was an open, attacking game between two sides that entered the MLS Cup Playoffs in fine form. Montreal advanced past Toronto 3-0 on Thursday night and had to make sure fatigue didn’t affect their performance too much on Sunday.

The Impact beat the Crew home and away during the regular season and used whatever mental edge followed that by putting in a confident display in front of the home crowd.

Didier Drogba looked to have opened the scoring after 15 minutes as he bundled the ball into the net but the goal was disallowed as the Ivorian was adjudged to have handled the ball as it went in.

Montreal were then stunned as Columbus took the lead on 33 minutes, grabbing an important away goal through Federico Higuain as he slotted in after Drogba’s defensive header fell straight to him.

But the Impact’s troubles didn’t last too long as Patrice Bernier levelled with a powerful header from a corner on 37 minutes, much to the delight of the home crowd. The goal was Bernier’s second in four days after not scoring during the entirety of the regular season.

The second-half saw the game tighten up a bit but Montreal then capitalised on some lacklustre Columbus defending in the 77th minute as Johan Venegas cooly slotted in after just coming off the bench.

Columbus pressed for a late equaliser but were unable to add to their single away goal and now have to make sure they win their home game next weekend.

Kei Kamara really struggled to make an impact for Columbus and the Crew will have to find a way to get him more involved for next weekend’s match if they’re to advance to the next round.

The two sides will meet at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus next Sunday for the second leg. The winner will go on to face DC United or the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Final.

What did you make of Sunday’s game in Montreal? Did the Impact deserve to win?

MLS Playoff Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Columbus Crew

Competition: MLS Playoffs (Eastern Conference Semifinal First Leg) – Montreal Impact vs. Columbus Crew 

Venue: Saputo Stadium – Sunday, November 1 – 19:00 ET (00:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Montreal Impact 6/5 – Draw 13/5 – Columbus Crew 21/10

Match Preview

Montreal Impact host Columbus Crew on Sunday night in their first ever MLS Playoffs Conference Semifinal as two sides with genuine hopes of lifting the MLS Cup this year go head-to-head.

After a 3-0 knockout round win over Toronto on Thursday Montreal will feel confident of progressing into the Eastern Conference Final after the two legs with Columbus.

Much of their recent success is down to Didier Drogba and his sensational goalscoring record since arriving in the summer. He has now scored 12 in his last 11 matches in MLS.

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With four wins on the bounce, you’d be brave to bet against the Impact in this one. They are a real force at home and deserve to be where they are right now.

Montreal Impact’s regular season record: P34 – W15 – D6 – L13

Columbus have been excellent this season and display consistency that is not to be underestimated. They are the favourites to win over two legs when you consider their regular season form but this is the MLS Playoffs and anything can happen as we’ve already seen this week.

Remarkably, Columbus lost both matches against Montreal during the regular season and so it seems the Canadian’s have the Crew’s number.

Columbus have been handed a boost however, as Kei Kamara is expected to start after serving his one-game suspension. The striker has been so important for them going forward this season and his tally of 22 goals – tied most in the regular season – is a fearful statistic for the Impact.

Columbus Crew’s regular season record: P34 – W15 – D8 – L11 

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Federico Higuain will also return for the Crew as they look set to strengthen in attack for the game, despite banging five past DC United last Sunday in that 5-0 win.

Team News

Montreal Impact will be missing Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper and Andres Romero, who are all out injured. Justin Mapp is a doubt. The Impact are likely to field an unchanged team to the one that beat Toronto. Didier Drogba had a first-half injury scare on Thursday but went on to play 90 minutes and should be fine to play.

Columbus Crew are without Kristinn Steindorsson through injury. Tony Tchani is questionable with a sore right thigh, while Matt Lampson and Chad Barson are both doubts. Federico Higuain and Kei Kamara will return after missing the final game of the season.

Key Points

Montreal Impact’s last five in MLS: L/W/W/W/W

Columbus Crew’s last five in MLS: W/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have won their last six at home in MLS, including Thursday’s 3-0 playoff demolition of Toronto.

Key Player: Didier Drogba – The Ivorian striker has been sensational since moving to Montreal and with 12 goals in 12 games it’s impossible to look past him as the difference-maker on Sunday night.

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Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 1-0 Columbus Crew – Montreal have the added advantage of a 3-0 win in midweek to take into the game, however, Columbus have been consistent all season and have had an extra week to recover for this one. We’re expecting a nervy first leg for both sides but can see home-field advantage helping Montreal to narrowly win this one.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs DC United

Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs DC United

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Sunday, October 25 – 17:00 ET (21:00 GMT – Live on Sky Sports 2)

Match Odds: Columbus Crew 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – DC United 12/5

Match Preview

Columbus Crew host DC United in a key Eastern Conference clash as part of the first ever MLS Decision Day on Sunday evening.

All ten Eastern Conference sides will face off against each other at the same time, with Columbus and DC fighting for a second-place finish. That’s important as a top two finish will earn them a knockout round bye in the upcoming MLS Playoffs.

Both sides have secured a playoff slot but a bye week will be a huge prize and effectively makes this a playoff game as we end the regular season.

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Columbus will be without Federico Higuain and goal machine Kei Kamara. That will hamper their chances but they have won three of their last five in MLS.

Columbus Crew’s MLS record: P33 – W14 – D8 – L11

They have lost their last two at home though and that will give DC United some much-needed confidence.

DC hadn’t won in six coming into October but back-to-back wins over New York City and Chicago Fire have put them back on track.

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A third-straight victory would be huge before the playoffs and would push them straight through to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

DC United’s MLS record: P33 – W15 – D6 – L12

This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season. Both previous games were at RFK Stadium with DC winning 2-0 in the earlier meeting, before Columbus won 2-1 in September.

Team News

Columbus will be without star attacking duo Federico Higuain and Kei Kamara as both will serve a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation. Chad Barson and Kristinn Steindorsson are ruled out through injury, while Matt Lampson is a doubt.

DC United travel to Columbus without Eddie Johnson, Chris Korb or Davy Arnaud as all three remain injured.

Key Points

Columbus Crew’s last five: W/W/L/L/W

DC United’s last five: D/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: Columbus have conceded at least two home goals in each of their last five games in MLS and haven’t kept a home clean sheet since mid-April. Leaky.

Key Player: Chris Rolfe – Rolfe is DC United’s leading goalscorer with ten and found the net in the most recent meeting with the Crew in September.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 2-2 DC United – This is an enormous game for both clubs as a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference is up for grabs and that will mean a knockout round playoff bye. DC have struggled away from home of late, though Columbus can’t seem to keep clean sheets at MAPFRE Stadium. That should lead to an entertaining game but a draw looks the most likely result. That would see DC seal second place.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs Sporting Kansas City

Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City 

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Saturday, August 22 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST) 

Match Odds: Columbus Crew 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Sporting Kansas City 5/2

Match Preview

It’s third in the Eastern Conference against third in the Western Conference this weekend as Columbus Crew host Sporting Kansas City at Mapfre Stadium.

Columbus Crew come into this one off the back of a 2-2 draw with New York City FC in midweek, a game they would have been hoping to win. They have a chance to make home advantage count again here against a strong SKC side.

Gregg Berhalter will be disappointed that his side could not make up any ground on the Eastern Conference leaders DC United. They remain nine points behind with one more game in hand.

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Sporting Kansas City come into this one off the back of a 5-0 thumping in midweek at the hands of San Jose Earthquakes. Playmaker Benny Feilhaber saw red in the latter stages of the game, he will be a huge miss for this tie.

Peter Vermes will not be happy with that result as it was a great opportunity to close the gap on Western Conference leaders LA Galaxy. SKC could have potentially gone above the leaders but still remain three points behind. The saving grace for Vermes is that his side still have three games in hand on Galaxy, but will not want a repeat performance of the midweek tie.

Sporting Kansas City are in a great position despite that loss, they have lost the least amount of regular season games out of any other side and stand a good chance of winning the Supporter’s Shield if they can take positive results from their games in hand.

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This will be a test for the sides who are both having good seasons, SKC came out on top in this fixture last season, winning 2-1 at Mapfre Stadium, and will be hoping for a repeat of that victory.

Team News

Columbus Crew have four injury concerns. Sergio Campbell is set to miss out while there are doubts about Harrison Afful, Emanuel Pogatetz and Ben Swanson. Kei Kamara, Federico Higuain and Jack McInerney are all one booking away from suspension.

Sporting Kansas City could be without up to seven players. Ike Opara, Bernardo Anor and Roger Espinoza are set to miss out. Jalil Anibaba, Graham Zusi, Soni Mustivar and Seth Sinovic are all doubts. Kevin Ellis is one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

Columbus Crew’s last five: W/D/L/W/D

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: L/D/W/W/L

Key Stat: Columbus are unbeaten in nine of their last ten home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Kei Kamara – Crew’s main man has been in inspired form this season. He has netted six in his last six outings and has an impressive tally of 18 so far this campaign.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 2-1 Sporting Kansas City – Crew to edge a close tie as they come into this one in better shape than SKC.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs New York City FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs. New York City FC

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Wednesday, August 19 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST) 

Match Odds: Columbus 5/6 – Draw 11/4 – NYCFC 3/1

Match Preview

Columbus Crew host New York City FC in an intriguing Eastern Conference tie on Wednesday night to kickstart Week 25’s MLS action, with both sides playing two games this week.

Columbus come into the game off the back of a bye week and should be fully refreshed as a result. They beat Colorado away 2-1 in their last outing and have not lost any of their last five home matches in Major League Soccer.

That makes Gregg Berhalter’s side favourites here and they know a win in this one will keep them in the hunt for the Eastern Conference title. They are ten points off DC United in top spot but have two games in hand, with this being one of them.

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New York City travel to Columbus off the back of a special 3-1 come-from-behind win over DC last week and the club will be hoping that result can turn their season around.

They are just a point off the last remaining playoff spot with ten games to play and need to start winning frequently to ensure they make the postseason in their first ever year.

NYCFC have lost their last two road games and have registered just three away from home all season so winning in Columbus will be a tough ask.

They can move back into a playoff slot with a victory and will be just four points off the Crew in third place if they can seal all three points for the second straight week.

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This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides and so it should be an exciting game. The two will meet again at Yankee Stadium in two weeks as the end of the regular season draws ever closer.

Team News

Columbus have no injury concerns ahead of this one and will be a full strength for the visit of the MLS Expansion Franchise. Kei Kamara will lead the line as he looks to score his 18th of the year.

NYCFC have several concerns. George John, Tony Taylor, Connor Brandt and Javier Calle are all definitely out, while Frank Lampard, Khiry Shelton, Ned Grabavoy, Ryan Meara and Chris Wingert are all doubts. Andrea Pirlo and David Villa will look to continue improving their on-field relationship after the Italian assisted Villa last weekend.

Key Points

Columbus Crew’s last five: W/W/D/L/W

New York City FC’s last five: L/W/L/L/W

Key Stat: Columbus have only lost one of their last ten home games in MLS.

Key Player: Kei Kamara – The powerful forward has been incredible this season and scored twice in his last appearance. Expect him to be a constant threat once more here.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 3-1 New York City FC – NYCFC will be boosted by their fine win over DC last time out but an away trip to a dangerous Columbus side could prove too tough a test. Expect the Crew’s pace to hurt New York City. Home win.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs Toronto FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Saturday, July 25 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: Columbus 4/5 – Draw 14/5 – Toronto 3/1

Match Preview

Columbus Crew host Toronto FC in what should be a thrilling Eastern Conference clash on Saturday evening, with both sides looking to mount pressure on conference leaders DC United.

Columbus sit second in the East after two wins in five days against Chicago Fire last week and they are now five points behind DC with a game in hand.

They have only lost one of their last seven MLS games and Gregg Berhalter will be delighted with the way his team have progressed through the season.

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Toronto are in fourth in the Eastern but have four games in hand over DC and sit eight points off top spot. They beat Philadelphia 2-1 last weekend and will hope to go level on points with Columbus with a victory at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday.

The game will see the two leading goalscorers Kei Kamara and Sebastian Giovinco go head-to-head ahead of next week’s MLS All-Star game which they have both been selected for.

Kamara netted his 14th of the year last Sunday and is two ahead of Giovinco in the Golden Boot standings. The ‘Atomic Ant’ has been sensational for Toronto in his debut campaign and has contributed to 20 of the team’s 24 goals since April 4 – a stunning 83%.

These two sides met back in Week 2 as Columbus saw off a ten-man Toronto side 2-0 thanks to goals from Justin Meram and Kei Kamara in the space of four second-half minutes.

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Toronto beat Columbus away from home twice last year and will be desperate for all three points in what should be a thoroughly entertaining game.

Team News

Columbus look set to be without Hector Jimenez through injury but have no other worries as Berhalter could send the same team out that beat Chicago last weekend. Winter signing Cedrick Mabwati could make his debut after recently arriving but it’s unclear how close to action he is.

Toronto will still be without Michael Bradley as the USMNT star is still away at the Gold Cup, while Nick Hagglund is a doubt. Giovinco and Jozy Altidore will partner each other in attack.

Key Points

Columbus Crew’s last five: D/W/L/W/W

Toronto FC’s last five: W/D/L/D/W

Key Stat: There have been 19 goals in the last six league meeting between the two, an average of 3.1 per game. Goals.

Key Player: Kei Kamara – Tough to decide who will be more important on Saturday – Kamara or Giovinco – but home advantage should see the Crew striker outscore his opponent.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 2-2 Toronto – Expecting goals in what should be a great game, but it’s difficult to split the sides on paper ahead of what could be a close game. It could come down to who has the better game out of Kamara and Giovinco, but this looks set to end a draw.