Monday, July 27, 2020

GAME PREVIEW: Will the Crew attack or the Ghost of Crew Past attack come out victorious?

 COLUMBUS CREW (4-0-1)- 13 POINTS / GF: 9 GA: 1 


 MINNESOTA UNITED (3-0-2)- 11 POINTS / GF: 12 GA: 6

In the mental pregames, after being paired up with the Columbus Crew in the Round of 16, Minnesota's Head Coach Adrian Heath stated "everyone's crowned them champions already."

Major League Soccer must have missed that memo. 

United's Adrian Heath takes some blame for massive defensive struggles –  Twin Cities

Regardless, Minnesota United has been more than just okay in 2020. They've scored twelve goals compared to the Columbus Crew's nine.

Columbus has gained one more win compared to MNUFC's one more tie; however Minnesota, 

The Loons in 2020 have beat the Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, and Sporting Kansas City. Portland has been crowned by some to win this tournament. Whereas both San Jose and Kansas City are still alive in the Round of 16.

To add more fire to the proverbial torch, some players that you wouldn't want to warm up are starting to get toasty. 

Last time out former Columbus Crew winger Ethan Finlay scored two goals in a 2-2 tie against the Colorado Rapids. 

Further, Minnesota was far from a complete team with Kevin Molino missing from action. 

"This is the best team we've played so far this season," stated Caleb Porter.

Wouldn't say the above statement is a mental mind game. 


Where the Columbus Crew can make it happen though on Tuesday is in attack. 

Minnesota is without 2019 MLS Defender of the Year Ike Opara in this tournament. MNUFC has been a lot better than others (especially LAFC) defensively. Yet they have had their most suspect showing last time out.

The following is who I expect to see the Crew trotting out:

Columbus has had injury concerns but their depth has shown brightly. 

At the end of last season, everyone wondered what was the point in signing a 4th goalkeeper in Andrew Tarbell? Well that was because he was really your #2. Looked very comfortable last time out taking over for Room. 

In addition, the stage hasn't been too massive for 20 year old Crew homegrown player Aboubucar Keita. His unexpected 8 starts during the 2019 season due to injury has built him into a brick wall next to Jonathan Mensah. His mobility, speed at center back is a plus as well.

Minnesota last time out went with the following.

They'll be stronger in midfield with the re-addition of Kevin Molino. Further, MNUFC should start Aaron Scheonfeld who has looked bright off the bench and would be up to put one over on Columbus as well.

Game Result:

Minnesota will give Columbus some issues but don't believe they have the answers defensively to deal with Zardes, Zelarayan, and company. 

2-0 win for Columbus (goals by Lucas Zelarayan and Gyasi Zardes)
Posted By: Ryan Kozlowski

GAME PREVIEW: Will the Crew attack or the Ghost of Crew Past attack come out victorious?


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