Columbus Crew SC vs. Real Salt Lake | MLS Match Preview
COLUMBUS CREW SC vs. REAL SALT LAKE
MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
MAY 28, 2016 (WEEK 13, MLS GAME #125)
7:30 pm ET (TWCSC-OH, CW Columbus, KMYU, MLS LIVE)
Columbus Crew SC will be looking to turn around the opening third of their season in a true test, when they face Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening at Mapfre Stadium. Crew SC are returning home following a third consecutive draw, after their goalless result at Toronto FC last weekend. Real are continuing their five-game road swing, winning for the first time on the trip in a 3-1 defeat of Sporting Kansas City last Saturday, snapping a two-game losing run.
- Crew SC reached a third consecutive draw, their overall winless run now at four games following their goalless result at Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon.
- Real put an end to their two-game losing slide, defeating Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on Saturday evening.
- The last two meetings between the teams have ended in draws, including a 2-2 result last June 27 at Rio Tinto Stadium in the only encounter between the clubs. The teams reached a 1-1 draw in 2014 in the last matchup in Columbus.
- The last win by either team, RSL’s 4-0 win vs. Crew SC on Aug. 24, 2013, was Real’s first win against Columbus since 2010, snapping a three-game Crew SC winning streak.
- RSL have not won in Columbus in league play since 2006, the Crew having won six consecutive home regular-season games in the series before the teams reached the draw there in 2014. Real did win the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series between the teams in 2009 in Columbus, on their way to an MLS Cup title.
REFEREE: Dave Gantar. AR1 (bench): Daniel Belleau; AR2 (opposite): Andrew Bigelow; 4th: Tyler Ploeger
MLS Career: 42 games; FC/gm: 25.8; Y/gm: 2.6; R: 17; pens: 8
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: CLB: Wil Trapp … RSL: Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran, Sunday Stephen
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CLB: Cedrick Mabwati (DR Congo; vs. Romania 5/25); Harrison Afful (Ghana; vs. Guinea 5/28) … RSL: Kyle Beckerman (USA; vs. Ecuador 5/25, vs. Bolivia 5/28)
ALL-TIME (18 meetings): Crew SC 10 wins, 25 goals … Real 5 wins, 20 goals … Ties 3
AT COLUMBUS (9 meetings): Crew SC 7 wins, 17 goals … Real 1 win, 5 goals … Ties 1
6/27: RSL 2, CLB 2 (Garcia 36; Jaime 46 - Tchani 42; Finlay 62)
- This is the only league meeting between the teams this season.
- Coaches record: Gregg Berhalter vs. RSL: P2 W0 L0 T2 … Jeff Cassar vs. CLB: P2 W0 L0 T2