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Columbus Crew SC vs. NYCFC | 2020 MLS Match Preview

2020 MLS Regular Season Week 1
Columbus Crew SC vs. NYCFC
MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus
March 1 – 12:30 PM ET

STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, on DAZN in Canada

A flurry of activity, including a club-record signing have expectations high for the new-look Columbus Crew SC, who host MLS Cup contender New York City FC in both teams' regular season opener Sunday at MAPFRE Stadium.

Crew SC made a few shrewd offseason moves, including the signing of Argentine playmaker Lucas Zelarayan from Tigres in Liga MX. Caleb Porter reunites with both influential midfielder Darlington Nagbe, who steps in for the departed Wil Trapp, and Fanendo Adi, while Vito Wormgoor provides experience in central defense.

NYCFC are largely unchanged following the most successful season in club history, with 91 percent of the club's minutes played back for a 2020 season in which the Cityzens are one of the MLS Cup favorites. In their inaugural Concacaf Champions League match, NYCFC exploded for five away goals sparked by an Heber hat trick. Will new coach Ronny Deila use a rotated squad or will it be a mix of regular starters and reserves? Stay tuned.

Columbus
Columbus vs. NYCFC

Sunday, March 1 at 12:30 PM ET
MAPFRE Stadium

NYCFC
Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • QUESTIONABLE: Waylon Francis (D) - right knee injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Matt Lampson (GK) - right knee injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty:  None
Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Gudmundur Thórarinsson (D) - lower body injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Crew SC

  • Crew SC: 2 wins, 14 goals
  • NYCFC: 1 win, 13 goals
  • 3 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Ramy Touchan
  • Assistant Referees: Felisha Mariscal, Chris Elliott
  • 4th Official: Lukasz Szpala
  • VAR: Hilario Grajeda
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Current Form

Columbus
W
D
W
D
W
L
NYCFC
W
D
W
L
W
L

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