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STARTING XI | The Crew's first XI of the 2021 MLS regular-season

It's an MLS season-opening match-up between the 2020 MLS Cup Champions in Columbus Crew SC and the 2020 Supporters' Shield-winning Philadelphia Union, as the Black & Gold play host at Historic Crew Stadium for a 5:30 p.m. ET kickoff on FS1 & FOX Deportes.


Today's contest marks the first time in the history of Major League Soccer in which the previous year’s MLS Cup champions and Supporters’ Shield winners play each other in an Opening Match.

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Entering Sunday's home match, Crew SC is undefeated in its last eight matches at Historic Crew Stadium. Since the start of the 2020 MLS regular season, Crew SC is 13-1-0 at home. Additionally, Crew SC has scored in 20 consecutive home games at Historic Crew Stadium and will look to continue the run against the Philadelphia Union.

In 2020, the Crew and the Philadelphia Union faced each other twice in regular-season action at Historic Crew Stadium, with the Black & Gold winning 1-0 (September 2) and 2-1 (November 1). Notably, Crew SC is undefeated in its last six home matches against the Union with a record of 5-0-1 dating back to 2017. Over that span, the Black & Gold have outscored the Philadelphia Union 6-1. Additionally, the Crew is undefeated in its last four home-opening matches with a record of 2-0-2 while outscoring opponents 6-4 dating back to the 2017 season.


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