Columbus Crew SC vs. Orlando City SC | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 17
Columbus Crew SC vs. Orlando City SC
MAPFRE Stadium — Columbus
June 29 — 7:30 PM ET


Columbus Crew SC look to snap a five-match winless streak when they host Orlando City SC on Saturday in the first of two regular-season meetings between the Eastern Conference foes at MAPFRE Stadium. 

Crew SC (5-10-2) returned from the Gold Cup break in Week 16, losing at home to Sporting Kansas City, 1-0. Felipe Gutierrez scored the lone goal three minutes into the second half as Columbus were held scoreless for the seventh time this season. 

Like Crew SC, Orlando City SC (5-8-3), are below the playoff line in the Eastern Conference. The Lions, too, are looking to bounce back from a defeat, losing to conference rivals D.C. United Wednesday night at Audi Field. Wayne Rooney provided the drama, and a contender for MLS Goal of the Year, with a cheeky 70-yard strike following an Orlando corner kick in the 10th minute. 

Columbus Crew SC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Federico Higuain (M) - right knee injury
    • OUT: Milton Valenzuela (D) - right knee injury
    • OUT: Josh Williams (D) - right foot injury
    • OUT: David Accam (F) - hamstring strain
  • Suspended: Harrison Afful (D)
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty:  Zack Steffen (GK), Wil Trapp (M), Gyasi Zardes (F), Jonathan Mensah (D)

Orlando City SC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Cristian Higuita (M) - hamstring injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Adam Grinwis (GK) - quad injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Joao Moutinho (D) - quad injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Robin Jansson (D)
  • International duty:  Kamal Miller (D), Will Johnson (M), Jhegson Méndez (M)

Series Matchup at Crew SC

  • Crew SC: 3 wins, 10 goals
  • Orlando City SC: 0 wins, 4 goals
  • 1 draw


  • Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
  • Assistant Referees: Andrew Bigelow, Logan Brown
  • 4th Official: Luis Guardia
  • VAR: Younes Marrakchi