Preview: FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew SC | MLS is Back Tournament, Group E
2020 MLS is Back Tournament – Group E, Matchday 4
FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew SC
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Sat., July 11 – 10:30 PM ET
TV: FS1, TUDN; TSN in Canada
STREAMING: FOX Sports App, TUDN app; TSN App in Canada
It will mark the third match between the sides in MLS play, with the inaugural match between the sides at MAPFRE Stadium on August 10, 2019 ending in a 2-2 draw, with the Crew taking a 3-1 victory at Nippert Stadium in the next match two weeks later.
FC Cincinnati dropped each of their first two games of the season against two formidable Eastern Conference opponents, first to the New York Red Bulls, then to Atlanta United. But after a league-worst record in 2019, Cincy held their own in each of those matches, losing by a single goal in both games. They also have a talented new forward in Jurgen Locadia, who scored in his first MLS match with a second-half finish against RBNY and will look to get the tenure of new head coach Jaap Stam off to a positive start.
A trendy preseason pick as a dark-horse contender in the East, Columbus looked ready to live up to that title through two weeks before the league's postponement, beating NYCFC 1-0 at home on March 1 thanks to a golazo from dynamic new playmaker Lucas Zelarayan, before going toe-to-toe on the road against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on March 7 and leaving with a 1-1 draw.