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Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United | 2020 MLS Match Preview

2020 MLS Regular Season Week 24
Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United
MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus
November 8 – 3:30 PM ET

STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US

LOCAL TV: FOX Sports Southeast, SportsTime Ohio

Columbus Crew SC will be trying to hold onto a top-four spot in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs when they take on an Atlanta United side trying to move above the playoff line in a Decision Day presented by AT&T clash at MAPFRE Stadium. 

The Crew (11W-6L-5D) are fourth in the East, trying to stave off fifth-place NYCFC and bounce back from a midweek 2-1 defeat to Orlando City SC, which leapfrogged Columbus into third in the East. After losing just once in their first 13 games of the season to sit atop the Supporters' Shield race, the Crew enter Decision Day 2W-5L-2D in their last nine matches. 

Atlanta (6W-12L-4D) are just below the playoff line in the East and are one of five teams vying for the final two playoff spots in the East. The Five Stripes stayed in the race with a 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati in Week 22, a victory that snapped a six-match winless streak and eliminated FC Cincinnati from playoff contention. 

This is the second meeting this season, with Youness Mohktar scoring the game’s only goal as Crew SC took the win on July 21 during the group stage of the MLS is Back Tournament. Crew SC have won the last three league meetings, including a 2-0 victory at MAPFRE Stadium last March, after Atlanta United won each of the first four. 

Columbus Crew SC

The Crew failed to capitalize on an emotional win over the Philadelphia Union last Sunday, with Orlando City SC claiming a similar victory at Exploria Stadium Wednesday night. The defeat, while especially disappointing considering the Lions were reduced to 10 men after Nani's 52nd-minute red card, makes things crystal clear for Caleb Porter's side on Decision Day. 

"It’s the last game of the year, it’s at home, we have everything to play for," Porter said after the match. "We need to win the game to make sure we have a home game in the playoffs."

Project Starting XI

  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Vito Wormgoor (D) - ankle injury
    • OUT: Fatai Alashe (M) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Hector Jimenez (D) - undisclosed injury
  • Suspended: Josh Williams (D)
  • Suspended after next caution: Harrison Afful (D), Luis Diaz (M)
  • International duty:  None

Atlanta United

It's been a nightmare regular season for Atlanta United, but they're alive with a puncher's chance on Decision Day thanks to a 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last Sunday. Adam Jahn and Marcelino Moreno struck in the opening 26 minutes for the Five Stripes, who don't control their own destiny, but can still impact their chance of reaching the playoffs at MAPFRE Stadium. 

“We could've been better at times, of course we could, but I do feel like if we get in the playoffs we've got an opportunity to do something,” Atlanta interim coach Stephen Glass said. “... But a lot of people wrote us off, they've done it all year. I've got a group of players in there that have been working really, really hard and I'm hopeful it turns. If it turns at the right time and we get some little breaks, you just never know.”

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Josef Martinez (F) - ACL injury
    • OUT: Mo Adams (M) - undisclosed injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Franco Escobar (D)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Crew SC

  • Crew SC: 1 win, 2 goals
  • Atlanta United: 2 wins, 4 goals
  • 0 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Ismail Elfath
  • Assistant Referees: Corey Parker, Cory Richardson
  • 4th Official: Sergii Demianchuk
  • VAR: Hilario Grajeda
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Current Form

Columbus
L
W
D
L
W
L
Atlanta
L
D
L
L
L
W

Season Stats

Columbus Crew SCAtlanta United FC
22Games Played22
11Wins6
6Losses12
5Draws4
34Goals22
20Goals Conceded28
190Shots150
87Shots on Target78
290Fouls committed296
301Fouls suffered315
39Offside36
109Corners100

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
CLB68530341.5
ATL88501221
01234+Avg
CLB133302
ATL643000.8
01234+Avg
CLB552001.2
ATL242011.3

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
CLB97510200.9
ATL96412281.3
01234+Avg
CLB631000.5
ATL822100.9
01234+Avg
CLB344101.2
ATL142021.8
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