Thu, 22 Oct 2020

Minnesota will try to crack Columbus' defense

Field Level Media
21 Sep 2020, 08:19 GMT+10

The Columbus Crew are 10 months from opening their new stadium.

In the meantime, the best team in MLS continues to make Mapfre Stadium uncomfortable for opponents with Minnesota United (5-4-3, 18 points) the next to attempt to crack the impenetrable fortress on Wednesday.

The Crew (8-1-3, 27 points) defeated Nashville SC 2-0 on Saturday to become the first team in league history to record shutout wins in their first five home matches of the season. The Crew have scored 10 goals in those games.

"We are reenergizing the club," Crew coach Caleb Porter said. "We have a new stadium that's being built right now, and it'll be finished next summer. We want people to understand that we play attractive soccer and we win; we score goals and that we're fun to watch."

His only regret is that only 1,500 fans are allowed inside because of COVID-19 restrictions.

"Obviously, we're limited right now with how many we can have but we want everybody in this community to get really excited about our club, and they should be," he said.

The Crew are looking to extend a 3-0-2 streak.

Minnesota blew a two-goal lead in a 2-2 tie at Houston on Saturday. It was a point that the Loons -- 2-1-1 in the past four games -- will take.

"(Especially) the way we've been playing on the road and with the injury situation we've had, and the amount of games we've had on the road," Minnesota coach Adrian Heath said.

The Loons on Saturday signed former Crew striker Kei Kamara with forwards Luis Amarilla and Aaron Schoenfeld injured.

However, midfielder Kevin Molino sustained a hamstring strain in the Houston match and is not expected to play.

Also, midfielder Jan Gregus was red carded vs. the Dynamo and is suspended.

For the Crew, midfielder Lucas Zelarayan was a second-half substitute on Saturday after missing three games with a knee injury. He assisted on Gyasi Zardes' ninth goal of the season.

--Field Level Media

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