Columbus vs NYCFC preview: How to watch, team news, lineups planned & to watch
NYCFC take the Columbus’ crew at Lower.com field in a key Eastern Conference game.
Both teams have 17 points with NYCFC over Columbus in the Eastern Conference standings on goal difference.
Columbus will miss a number of players as Artur (hip), Milton Valenzuela (hamstrings) and Josh williams (ankle) are all injured. Harrison afful received a red card in the draw with Cincinnati and is suspended for this game.
Luis Diaz, Derrick Etienne, Liam Fraser, Kevin Molino, Eloy Room and Gyasi Zards are all on international missions. Bradley Wright Phillips is doubt with a hip injury.
NYCFC will be without Eber as he continues to recover from the knee injury he sustained last year. Talles Magno will not make the trip to Columbus after a knee complaint. Goalie Sean johnson and defender James sands remain in international service with the United States for the Gold Cup.
Columbus: Bush; Abdul-Salaam, Wormgoor, Mensah, François; Nagbe, Kitchen; Santos, Matan, Zelarayan; Hurtado
NYCFC: Barraza; Thorarinsson, Chanot, Callens, Tinnerholm; Parks, Acevedo; Medina, Moralez, Tajouri-Shradi; Castellanos
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Lucas zelarayan run the Crew with four goals, including both in the last meeting against NYCFC. Darlington Nagbe completed 96.4 percent of his passes, leading MLS. The central midfielder has made at least 90% of his passing attempts in his last 18 passes in which he has attempted at least 30 passes.
Ismaël Tajouri-Shradi has scored in four of his last six games. The NYCFC has scored ten goals from set pieces, a league record, including six from corners, also the best in MLS.
May 22 at Red Bull Arena, NYCFC took the lead in the 18th minute thanks to Tajouri-Shradi as he finished in front of Room in the lower corner.
Room then refused Jesus medina and Valentin Castellanos then missed a few inches like the Boys in blue almost doubled their lead.
Mensah believed he had equalized in the 51st minute but was flagged for offside. Zelarayan then scored twice from free kicks in the 82nd minute to tie and in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give Columbus all three runs.
ESPN + will provide national streaming coverage. Bally Sports Ohio will broadcast the action to Columbus while the Network YES will bring the match to New York. Kick-off is 7:30 p.m. EST.