Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew SC | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 28
Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew SC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta
September 14 – 7:00 PM ET


Atlanta United look to bounce back from a loss to the Philadelphia Union and stay in the hunt for the top spot in the Eastern Conference when they host a Columbus Crew SC side desperate for all three points Saturday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Third in the East, Atlanta (15-10-3) had a four-match winning streak snapped with a 3-1 defeat to the Union at Talen Energy Stadium Aug. 31. Josef Martinez extended his MLS record consecutive scoring streak to 13 games with the opening goal in first-half stoppage time, but the Union responded with three unanswered goals after the hour mark. 

The Crew (8-15-7) are eight points adrift of the playoff line in the East and dropped two critical points in a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire at MAPFRE Stadium Aug. 31. Pedro Santos' first-half goal stood until Przemyslaw Frankowski leveled for the Fire deep in second-half stoppage time. 

This is the clubs' second meeting this year, with Columbus coming away with a 2-0 win at a rain-soaked MAPFRE Stadium March 30. Santos and Gyasi Zardes struck for first-half goals that were separated by a lengthy weather delay. 

Atlanta vs. Columbus

Saturday, September 14 at 7:00 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Stadium


Atlanta United

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Brek Shea (D) - knee injury
    • OUT: Ezequiel Barco (M) - leg injury
  • Suspended: Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez (D)
  • Suspended after next caution:  Mo Adams (M)
  • International duty:  None

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: Josh Williams (D) - right thigh injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Alex Crognale (D)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Atlanta United

  • Atlanta United: 2 wins, 6 goals
  • Crew SC: 0 wins, 2 goals
  • 0 draws


  • Referee: Alan Kelly
  • Assistant Referees:  Logan Brown, Eric Weisbrod
  • 4th Official: Ismail Elfath
  • VAR:  Edvin Jurisevic

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