Following Friday night’s draw at CF Montréal, the Columbus Crew has a quick turnaround ahead of today's pivotal meeting with Inter Miami CF.
Three Things to Know
5 – Including Tuesday night, the Crew has five games remaining in the 2022 regular season. The club is seventh in the Eastern Conference and sits three points above eighth-place New England Revolution, which is currently outside the playoff spots. (The Revs have also played one more match.) Technically, the Philadelphia Union and CF Montréal are the only teams in the conference that have clinched spots in the postseason, so every other club is entering must-win territory to solidify a postseason spot head of the regular-season finale on Oct. 9. For the Crew, once it plays Miami, there are two more home games, beginning Sunday against the Portland Timbers, before finishing the league campaign on the road the final two weeks. As Caleb Porter said recently, “This is the best time of the year.”
16 – The Black & Gold are unbeaten in 16 of their last 17 matches, which stretches back to late May. With the 2-2 draw at Montréal, the Crew has tied 14 games in 2022, which is the club’s record for draws in a single season. At a time when clubs in the Eastern Conference are scrapping to accumulate points, the Crew has steadily increased its total with every match. It’s important for that to continue on the road at Miami before the final two regular-season matches Lower.com Field.
9 – Inter Miami has entered boom-or-bust territory entering the Tuesday night. Miami is ninth in the Eastern Conference and is five points below seventh-place Columbus. This is a classic example of a “six-point match,” as a Columbus win would give the Black & Gold a healthy eight-point buffer over Miami – effectively denying the South Floridians any shot at jumping the Crew in the standings. But a Miami win means there’s a two-point gap with four games left. Miami has lost three-straight league matches, including against the Crew at Lower.com Field last month.
When They Last Met
Miami isn’t exactly an unfamiliar foe. The two clubs faced off on Aug. 31 at Lower.com Field, where Luis Díaz scored the match’s lone goal in the 64th minute. Columbus is unbeaten in its last two matches against Miami, which dates back to last October.
Who: Columbus Crew at Inter Miami CF
When: Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
Where: SDRV PNK Stadium
How to Watch: Bally Sport Ohio, MLS Live on ESPN+ (Outside of Market)
How to Listen: 97.1 The Fan (English), ColumbusCrew.com (Spanish)
Current Standings: Columbus Crew – Seventh in Eastern Conference; Inter Miami CF – Ninth in Eastern Conference
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