Friday night football isn’t just for high schools! This Friday night, the Columbus Crew travels north to face CF Montréal to jumpstart the final month of the 2022 regular season.
Three Things to Know
6 – As of Friday, the Crew officially enters the final month of the regular season in sixth place. Between now and the finale in Orlando, the Black & Gold have six games, with each being more important than the last. During the final month, four of the six matches are on the road, which means it’s crucial that Columbus keeps its unbeaten streak rolling on the away from home. Since May 28, the team is unbeaten in its last seven games as the visitor.
2 – This game will be especially important given what happened the last time the clubs met. Back on Aug. 3, the Crew lost, 2-1, in what was the lone lost in the team’s red-hot streak. Playing at Lower.com Field, the Crew was in control until a weather delay. Once play resumed, the home side allowed two late goals. This rematch offers an opportunity for revenge – and with added significance. Montréal is second in the Eastern Conference standings and is closing in on clinching a postseason spot. A Columbus win would trim the gap between the clubs, which is currently 12 points. (Albeit, Montréal has played one more match.)
15 – Fifteen of the Crew’s last 16 matches ended in at least one point. The one outlier was against the next opponent, of course. But this run has set the Black & Gold up to carry momentum into the final stages of the regular season, when each game feels like a cup final, according to Caleb Porter. “Our team is still, I think on the cusp of peaking, but not there yet. I think that’s perfect,” Porter said after the scoreless draw with Chicago Fire FC. “We've got six games to go and I think we need another three, four before we become the team ready to make a run to win MLS Cup, and I like that.”
When They Last Met
As mentioned earlier, the last meeting was a match that Black & Gold supporters want to forget. It is worth noting the last time the Crew were the visitors in this fixture, though. Back on May 1, 2021, these clubs met in Florida – yes, you read that right – in Week 2 of the regular season. With travel restrictions in place because of the pandemic, Montréal set up shop at Inter Miami CF’s DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Of course, that’s the site of the Crew’s next game on Tuesday. That game will be against Miami, though.
Who: Columbus Crew at CF Montréal
When: Friday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Stade Saputo
How to Watch: Bally Sport Great Lakes, MLS Live on ESPN+ (Outside of Market)
How to Listen: 97.1 The Fan (English), ColumbusCrew.com (Spanish)
Current Standings: Columbus Crew – Sixth in Eastern Conference; CF Montréal – Second in Eastern Conference
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