Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Preview: Monterrey at Columbus Crew

Monterrey (7-4-5) comes into this game against the Columbus Crew currently placed in 4th in the Liga MX table. 

Monterrey are already 5 wins (15 points) behind Cruz Azul for the number one spot.

So for Columbus they are lucky not to draw Cruz Azul (on 40 points) or Club America (on 35 points) like Toronto and Portland did respectively. 

Yet, can promise the black and gold will have their hands quite full enough. Monterrey are about 40 times the team compared to Real Esteli. 

The Argentine Rogelio Funes Mori is Monterrey's (on 25 points) big dangerman at striker. But, Rogelio hasn't scored in four games since against San Luis at the beginning of April. 

In 33 appearances during the current Clasura and Apetura, Rogelio has 15 goals. But, has yet to start a CONCACAF Champions League game as he came off the bench in the 2nd leg against Atletico Pantoja. 

Vincent Janssen, Dorlan Pabon, and Jose Perez played up top. 

An interesting aspect should be what sort of formation Monterrey employs at Columbus. If it's three up top they may not respect Columbus's danger. If it's one up top like Monterrey usually does in the Liga MX than they are more worried about the danger that Columbus presents. 

Another key indicator is who they start. As they sat their starting goalkeeper, nearly their entire starting backline, and striker Funes Mori against Atletico Pantoja.

On the Columbus side of things, let's hope that nine days after a 0-0 tie at home against the Philadelphia Union (Inter Miami dispatched the Union at home this weekend with relative ease) that some lessons have been learned. 

Columbus needs to come out more aggressive and go for it. If the Crew gain another tie at home or anything else other than a win... Then let's hope it will not be a see you in ten more years CONCACAF Champions League.

My lineup:



Santos-----------------------------------------------------------Diaz (although already wish it was Matan)




Prediction: I'll say 2-1 Columbus. But it depends how focused they are and if they want to finish their chances. A bit too carefree at home in both aspects against Philadelphia. 

Posted By: Ryan Kozlowski

Preview: Monterrey at Columbus Crew


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