By The Numbers

By The Numbers | Crew face Montréal on Wednesday night

Following Saturday night’s rivalry defeat, the Back & Gold have a quick turnaround before heading to Canada on Wednesday night to rematch with CF Montréal.

Numbers to Know

8 – The Columbus Crew currently sit eighth in the Eastern Conference standings following Saturday’s setback against FC Cincinnati. The Crew have entered unchartered waters when it comes to Concacaf Champions Cup play, but the side is winless in MLS action since March 16 against the New York Red Bulls at Field. After Saturday’s defeat, Crew players said they need to move on quickly and start accumulating points. The quick turnaround allows Columbus the chance to have an instant reaction.

27 – Let’s give Max Arfsten some of the deserved love that he didn’t get Saturday night. Entering the match with Columbus trailing by two goals, he quickly trimmed the deficit with a nice back-post hit for his first goal of 2024. While he was only on the pitch nine minutes, Arfsten won three duels and was a late spark that the Black & Gold needed. With nine MLS appearances this season – and 12 last year – the second-year player has been a solid option for head coach Wilfred Nancy.

12 – Montréal sits 12th in the Eastern Conference standings with 12 points from the first 11 games. The Canadian club nearly had an upset special on Saturday night when Montréal had a two-goal lead against Lionel Messi and Inter Miami CF in the first half. Those fantasies were short lived, though, as Miami scored twice before halftime and added a third in the second half to earn three points and remain the Eastern Conference leaders. As for Montréal, the side is looking for a first MLS win since April 13 – against FC Cincinnati.

10 – Crew fans should keep an eye on Bryce Duke on Wednesday night. The No. 10 has two goals in his last two games across all competitions, and he’s still an emerging attacking talent at just 23 years old. Duke was traded from Miami to Montréal last season, so it’ll be interesting to watch his first full season up north. Through 10 league appearances, he has one goal. So, was the goal against his old club a one-off, or is there more to come?

When They Last Met

Hopefully you remember the last time these two teams played because it was a few games ago on April 27. Columbus and Montreal played to a scoreless draw at Field. Now, the two teams meet for the return leg in Canada in a place where the Crew earned three points in 2023. On Sept. 2, the Black & Gold won a 4-2 thriller thanks to a hat trick from Cucho Hernández. Columbus supporters would certainly welcome a repeat performance at Saputo Stadium.

Match Overview

Who: Columbus Crew at CF Montréal

When: Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Saputo Stadium

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