The Columbus Crew is taking its talents to South Beach on Tuesday night when the Black & Gold square off with Inter Miami for a rare Tuesday night meeting.
Three Things to Know
5 – The Black & Gold have been in blistering form since the start of June and are winners of five the of the last six matches. Dating since June 1, Columbus has overwhelmed opponents as attacking play has flourished. Through 20 games of the 34-game league campaign, the Crew has 34 points – good for fourth in the Eastern Conference and safely in a playoff spot for now. One thing’s clear right now: the club has been winning games, the atmosphere inside Lower.com Field has been a raucous and all is well as we approach the Leagues Cup break later this month.
9 – Speaking of all is well, take a bow, Cucho Hernández. Not only did he produce a world-class goal this past Saturday night in the win over the New York Red Bulls, he’s been on the terror as of late.
Cucho has five goals and seven assists in his last 11 games for the Crew. He’s got nine assists in 2023, and if you tally up all his attacking stats since he joined MLS last summer, he’s up to 14 goals and 12 assists in 30 league games. In short, the 24-year-old forward has 26 goal contributions in 30 games. Basically, he’s scoring or setting up a teammate to score in 87% of the matches he plays.
15 – So…what’s changed since the Crew last played Miami earlier this year? Both a lot and a little can be acceptable answers. As we all know, it sounds like Lionel Messi will be joining Miami later this month. But he’s not on the roster yet and definitely won’t be playing Tuesday night. As for his soon to be teammates, they sit last in the Eastern Conference standings with 16 points from 19 games. Their 18 goals scored is tied for the bottom of the conference, and while they drew Austin FC, 1-1, this past weekend, they lost the previous seven games. Perhaps fortunes will change with new coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino. Crew fans will be hoping Miami’s good luck will be delayed at least beyond Tuesday.
When They Last Met
The Fourth of July will be the second time the clubs have met so far in 2023. On April 29, Columbus was defeated, 2-1 at Lower.com Field. Cucho scored after 10 minutes, but Leonardo Campana’s brace was enough to give the Floridians all the points. Miami also won the last meeting at DRV PNK Stadium by the same score on Sept. 14, 2022.
Who: Columbus Crew at Inter Miami CF
When: Tuesday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: DRV PNK 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 – Fourth in Eastern Conference; Inter Miami CF – 15th in Eastern Conference
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