The massive matches continue this week, as the Columbus Crew visits the New England Revolution on Wednesday night with a chance to swap spots in the Eastern Conference standings.
Three Things To Know
3 – Only three regular season games remain, and Wednesday night’s match is the only game in which the Crew’s upcoming opponent is currently ranked higher in the conference. The team is fifth with 50 points from 31 games, while New England is third with 52 points from 30 games. This is your textbook “six pointer,” where three points obviously helps you, but it also means less possible points for your opponent to catch up. The Crew has clinched a spot in the 2023 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs already, but these matches, while they’re a litmus test, are about home-field advantage in the postseason. It’s too early to look ahead to this weekend, but the next opposition is only one point back of the Crew.
3.1 – As stated earlier, the Revolution is third in the Eastern Conference, but it’s climb up the standings has been significantly different for Columbus. The Revs have had plenty of off-field headlines, and its side has scored 10 fewer goals than the Black & Gold. But – and this is a big but – the Revs are unbeaten on home turf this season. “I think this is the only team that they haven't lost this year at home so I love it,” Crew head coach Wilfried Nancy said. “I love it because this is a really good challenge in front of us, and we are going to try to do something good to have a good performance. This is the idea.” Again, a positive result goes a long way. Perhaps momentum can carry the club even farther.
25 – Cucho Hernández continues to dazzle. The man who’s produced two hat tricks inside a month has a new feat to be proud of. With his converted penalty in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union, Cucho’s up to 14 goals and 11 assists this season. Both stats lead the team. The Colombian is only the fourth player in team history with at least 25 goal contributions in a single season. Who says his total can’t climb closer to 30?!
When They Last Played
The last one finished in dramatic fashion, as the clubs tied, 1-1, on April 15 at Lower.com Field. The Revs had an early advantage before Sean Zawadzki scored the equalizer in the 98th minute. Scenes.
Who: Columbus Crew at New England Revolution
When: Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gillette Stadium
How to Watch: MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app
How to Listen: 97.1 HD3/The Fan Stream, La Mega 103.1 FM
Current Standings: Columbus Crew – Fifth in Eastern Conference; New England Revolution– Third in Eastern Conference
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