2019-08-10-CLB-CIN

Columbus Crew SC vs. FC Cincinnati | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 23
Columbus Crew SC vs. FC Cincinnati
MAPFRE Stadium - Columbus
August 10 - 7:30 PM ET

STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, on DAZN in Canada

For the first time in MLS play, the rivalry dubbed "Hell is Real" will kickoff at MAPFRE Stadium when Columbus Crew SC host FC Cincinnati Saturday night.

Crew SC (7-14-4) extended a season-best unbeaten streak to four matches with a 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium last Saturday. Gyasi Zardes canceled out a Magnus Eriksson opening strike with the 65th-minute equalizer. 

FC Cincinnati (5-17-2) conceded a late, decisive goal by Felipe to suffer a 2-1 defeat at Nippert Stadium last Saturday. Allan Cruz opened the scoring six minutes after kickoff before Inbeom Hwang leveled with a stunning strike three minutes from halftime. The expansion side prodded for the go-ahead goal, but the visitors secured all three points in the 84th minute as FC Cincinnati dropped their fourth game in a row. 

Columbus
Columbus vs. FC Cincinnati

Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 PM ET
MAPFRE Stadium

FC Cincinnati

Columbus Crew SC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Federico Higuain (M) - right knee injury
    • OUT: Milton Valenzuela (D) - right knee injury
    • OUT: Hector Jimenez (D) - left knee injury
    • OUT: Waylon Francis (D) - left thigh injury
    • OUT: Ricardo Clark (M) - left foot injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Aboubacar Keita (D) - left thigh injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Josh Williams (D) - right thigh injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty:  None

FC Cincinnati

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jimmy McLaughlin (M) - right ACL surgery
    • OUT: Fatai Alashe (M) - hamstring injury
    • OUT: Kekuta Manneh (M) - shoulder injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Greg Garza (D) - right calf injury - UPDATE, 8/10: Did not travel
    • QUESTIONABLE: Fanendo Adi (F) - calf injury - UPDATE, 8/10: Did not travel
    • QUESTIONABLE: Frankie Amaya (M) - groin injury - UPDATE, 8/10: Did not travel
    • QUESTIONABLE: Allan Cruz (M) - thigh injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Spencer Richey (GK) - back injury - UPDATE, 8/10: Did not travel
  • Suspended: Leonardo Bertone (M)
  • Suspended after next caution:  Kendall Waston (D)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Crew SC

  • This is the first all-time regular season meeting between Columbus Crew SC and FC Cincinnati

Officials

  • Referee: Silviu Petrescu
  • Assistant Referees:  Gianni Facchini, Philippe Briere
  • 4th Official:  Thomas Snyder
  • VAR:  Robert Sibiga

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