Columbus Crew SC vs. Real Salt Lake | 2020 MLS Match Preview

2020 MLS Regular Season Week 3
Columbus Crew SC vs. Real Salt Lake
MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus
March 14 – 5:00 PM ET


Two teams unbeaten following the first two weeks of the MLS season meet at MAPFRE Stadium when Columbus Crew SC host Real Salt Lake Saturday.

Crew SC (1-0-1) raced ahead in the first half, but conceded a late penalty kick to settle for a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in Week 2. Gyasi Zardes opened his 2020 account in the 33rd minute, latching onto a sublime back-post ball by Luis Diaz. Eloy Room appeared to play the hero when he denied a Raul Ruidiaz penalty kick, but the Peruvian had a retake following Video Review after the Curacao international was off his line on the first attempt. Ruidiaz scored on his second to equalize. 

Real Salt Lake (0-0-2) got a stoppage-time equalizer from Damir Kreilach to secure a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls in the club's home opener. Cristian Casseres gave the visitors the lead in the 13th minute, but after Kreilach and Corey Baird had chances cleared off the line, Kreilach wouldn't miss late to secure a share of the points. 

Columbus vs. Real Salt Lake

Saturday, March 14 at 5:30 PM ET
MAPFRE Stadium

Real Salt Lake

Series Matchup at Crew SC

  • Crew SC: 9 wins, 23 goals
  • Real Salt Lake: 1 win, 9 goals
  • 1 draw


  • Referee: Dave Gantar
  • Assistant Referees: Philippe Briere, Gianni Faccini
  • 4th Official: Ted Unkel
  • VAR: Kevin Terry Jr