By The Numbers

By The Numbers pres. by Ohio Business Machines | Crew hosts Inter Miami on Wednesday night 

Fresh off a dramatic ending to Saturday night’s Hell is Real derby in Cincinnati, the Columbus Crew returns home on Workforce Wednesday for a massive midweek matchup with Inter Miami CF.

Three Things to Know

36 – Through 26 games played, the Crew has 36 points. Miami also has 36 points, but has played 27 times. Because the first tiebreaker is total wins, in which Miami has two more, the Black & Gold find themselves a spot below Miami in the standings. A Crew win on Wednesday night moves the club into sixth place. The point is that, in late August, we’ve entered the portion of the season when results around the league have major implications. First, the Crew needs to take care of business. But a few breaks from other MLS games will be welcomed, too.

4 – Beginning Wednesday night against Miami, the Black & Gold will play four of their next six matches at Field. At a time when every club is fighting to accumulate points to make the playoffs, this home stretch will be vital in whether or not the Crew returns to the postseason and competes for a second MLS Cup in three seasons. Following the game against Miami, the Crew hosts Chicago Fire FC on Saturday night. When the clubs last met, Juan “Cucho” Hernández scored the game winner in his debut.

13Thanks to Steven Moreira’s 96th-minute equalizer at FC Cincinnati, Columbus is unbeaten in 13 of its last 14 fixtures. It’s an impressive run that’s galvanized the team, supporters, and head coach Caleb Porter. Obviously, there’s been an impressive attacking display, but the Crew has made life difficult for opponents. In the last two games, the club has rallied to earn a point – preventing clubs lower in the Eastern Conference from making up ground. “For us to battle back twice and to rip three points at the death, out of their grip, is massive for us because we continue to gain power in refusing to lose,” Porter said after the 2-2 draw at FCC. “Refuse to lose” isn’t just a clever saying – it’s an attitude that’s helped fueled this impressive run.

When They Last Met

This is their first meeting in 2022, but in 2021, Columbus battered Miami, 4-0, on Oct. 16 at Field. Gyasi Zardes produced a brace, while Pedro Santos also scored. The fourth goal was a Miami own goal. These teams will meet again on Sept. 13 in Florida.

Match Overview

What: Match pres. by It's also Workforce Wednesday.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Field

How to Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLS LIVE on ESPN+ (Outside of Market)

How to Listen: 97.1 The Fan (English), (Spanish)

Current Standings: Columbus Crew – Seventh in Eastern Conference; Inter Miami CF – Sixth in Eastern Conference

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