A LOOK AT TONIGHT'S 4-2-3-1
LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING
On July 9, Columbus Crew traveled to TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio to face FC Cincinnati. Edgar Castillo opened the scoring for FC Cincinnati in the first minute and Cincinnati added a second goal in the 24th minute through Luciano Acosta. Crew midfielder Lucas Zelarayan scored a long-distance goal in first-half stoppage-time to half the deficit and substitute forward Miguel Berry leveled the match for the Black & Gold in the 77th minute. In the end, both sides gained a point with the 2-2 draw.
AIR MENSAH: THE DEFENSIVE WALL
Defender Jonathan Mensah leads MLS in headed clearances this season, having made 54 in regular-season action this year. In addition to leading the League in headed clearances, Mensah has made 91 total clearances, tying with Jack Elliott (Philadelphia Union) for second-most clearances in regular-season action in 2021. Mensah has also recorded a League-high 22 blocks this season.
COLUMBUS CREW LEADS LEAGUE IN GOALS SCORED OUTSIDE OF THE 18-YARD BOX
The Black & Gold currently lead Major League Soccer in goals scored outside of the 18-yard box during the regular-season, having scored six goals from that area. Additionally, midfielder Lucas Zelarayan leads the League with five goals scored from the range.
CREW TO HOST YOUTH SOCCER NIGHT PRESENTED BY OHIOHEALTH
Columbus Crew will celebrate youth soccer during Saturday's match against Seattle Sounders FC when the Club hosts Youth Soccer Night Presented by OhioHealth at Lower.com Field. As part of the event, the first 5,000 fans in attendance aged 14 and younger will receive a free Crew mini-ball.
HARPER'S CORNER TO CONDUCT BOOK DRIVE AT MATCH
As part of Youth Soccer Night Presented by OhioHealth, Harper's Corner will be conducting a book drive on the southeast plaza during the Crew's match against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at Lower.com Field. The book drive is being done in partnership with the Crew and Cardinal Health. Fans who donate a new or used children's book will receive a complimentary gift at the match.