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


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 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


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

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