MLS Soccer — Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United

Atlanta United

First Place Atlanta United Look to Keep Solid Play

Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United
2018 MLS Regular Season – Week 16
MAPFRE Stadium — Columbus
June 13 – 7:30 pm ET
WATCH: ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN (Canada)

It’s another Eastern Conference ier clash with first-place Atlanta United heading to MAPFRE Stadium to meet a Columbus Crew SC side that is three points off the lead. This comes  days after the United were able to take a result away from Yankee Stadium.

Both teams come into the game off high-profile draws on Saturday. The Five Stripes were fortunate to come out of Yankee Stadium level with NYCFC, 1-1. The Crew SC settled for a 1-1 home draw with the New York Red Bulls.

Atlanta won their two regular season meetings against Crew SC in 2017. They outscored them 5-1. The Crew beat Atlanta in the 2017 playoffs in a shootout win at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Oddsmakers have the Crew favored -111 with the United at +254. The total is at 2.5 Over -154.

Columbus Crew SC

It’s now nine games without a loss for Columbus (7-3-6). It’s three consecutive draws instead of some wins as Crew SC played the Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw.

If not for Luis Robles’ heroics, Crew SC should have had more than just a Gyasi Zardes goal, his 10th of the season in the 26th minute, from a dominant opening 45 minutes.

The Red Bulls rallied after halftime and earned an Alex Muyl equalizer in the 57th minute.

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: D – Milton Valenzuela
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: D – Jonathan Mensah (left thigh injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Zack Steffen — Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Lalas Abubakar, Milton Valenzuela — Wil Trapp, Artur — Cristian Martinez, Federico Higuain, Pedro Santos — Gyasi Zardes

  • Notes: Zardes is one of three players this season with at least 20 shots on target from inside the box with 20 in 16 games. He has never had more than 27 in a season. Columbus are unbeaten in their last nine league matches. They have conceded a grand total of seven goals in that time. They have won 11 of their last 16 home games in MLS play (1L-4D).

 

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Atlanta United

Brad Guzan stood on his head, making nine saves to help Atlanta (9-3-3) earn a 1-1 draw with NYCFC. They became the first team this season to take a point from Yankee Stadium.

The first half was an entertaining one, but scoreless. The Five Stripes jumped in front in the 48th minute on Josef Martinez’s league-leading 13th goal of the season. NYCFC went on the offensive and outshot Atlanta, 25-5 from that point. They leveled on an Alex Callens back-post header in the 77th minute and hitting three posts.

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: F – Romario Williams, D – Chris McCann, M – Miguel Almiron, M – Jeff Larentowicz
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D – Greg Garza (shoulder surgery), D – Chris McCann (left lower extremity injury); QUESTIONABLE: F – Hector Villalba (right knee injury), M – Miguel Almiron (shoulder injury)

Projected Starting XI
(3-4-1-2, right to left)
GK: Brad Guzan — Franco Escobar, Michael Parkhurst, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez — Julian Gressel, Darlington Nagbe, Jeff Larentowicz, Mikey Ambrose — Ezequiel Barco — Josef Martinez, Romario Williams

  • Notes: Martinez averages 1.01 xG per 90 this season. No other player averages more than 0.81 (min. 5 goals). The Five Stripes are unbeaten in their last five road games (4W-1D). They outscored opponents 8-3 in those matches.

All-Time Series

  • Overall: Columbus Crew SC 0 wins, 1 goal … Atlanta United 2 wins, 5 goals … 0 draws
  • At Columbus: Crew SC 0 wins, 0 goals … Atlanta United 1 win, 2 goals … 0 draws
  • Last meeting at Columbus: Columbus Crew SC 0, Atlanta United 2 (July 1, 2017)

Officials

Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins, TJ Zablocki
4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
VAR: Baldomero Toledo

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Recent Form

namerecordou recordoffensedefensehome recordaway recordou home recordou away record
Atlanta9-3-310-531195-1-24-2-17-13-4
Columbus7-6-27-822135-3-12-3-17-20-6

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordO/UAVGclean sheetsfailed to scoreyellow cardsred cardsshotscorners
Atlanta2-1-01-25.002130154.7
Columbus0-1-21-21.00124011.35.3

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scoreleagueaway abbreviationhome abbreviaitonaway shotshome shotsaway yellow cardshome yellow cardsaway red cardshome red cardsaway cornershome cornersaway halftime scorehome halftime score
Oct 26, 2017Columbus0Atlanta0USA – Major League SoccerCOLUATL182320004600
Jul 1, 2017Atlanta2Columbus0USA – Major League SoccerATLCOLU81011003710
Jun 17, 2017Columbus1Atlanta3USA – Major League SoccerCOLUATL61412005511

Team Last 5 Games

Atlanta United

Datehome teamhome scoreaway teamaway scoreleague
Jun 9, 2018New York City1Atlanta1USA – Major League Soccer
Jun 2, 2018Atlanta3Philadelphia1USA – Major League Soccer
May 30, 2018New England1Atlanta1USA – Major League Soccer
May 20, 2018Atlanta1New York3USA – Major League Soccer
May 13, 2018Orlando City1Atlanta2USA – Major League Soccer

Columbus Crew

Datehome teamhome scoreaway teamaway scoreleague
Jun 9, 2018Columbus1New York1USA – Major League Soccer
Jun 2, 2018Columbus3Toronto3USA – Major League Soccer
May 27, 2018Sporting Kansas City0Columbus0USA – Major League Soccer
May 19, 2018New England0Columbus1USA – Major League Soccer
May 12, 2018Columbus3Chicago0USA – Major League Soccer

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