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May 1, 2022 at 12.30am UK
Columbus Crew Stadium
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Columbus Crew
3 - 0
DC United

Santos (28'), Etienne (43'), Nagbe (75')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Hines-Ike (36'), Birnbaum (45+1')

Preview: Columbus Crew vs. DC United - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between Columbus Crew and DC United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Two of the teams in the bottom half of the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference will meet on Sunday when Columbus Crew welcome DC United to Lower.com Field.

The hosts are without a victory in their previous six outings in all competitions, while the visitors have won two on the bounce heading into this weekend.


Match preview

Columbus Crew have started the season in a difficult manner, and they head into this one on the back of six matches without a victory.

However, Caleb Porter's team have managed to win twice in their opening eight MLS matches, and all of those have come at home so far.

The squad will also take some confidence from the fact that they ended their four-game losing run last weekend when they had a goalless draw against Sporting Kansas City.

Unfortunately for Columbus, that marked the fourth outing in a row where they have failed to find the back of the net in the MLS, which is one of the reasons for their struggles.

With the division still tight due to its early stages, the club does have the chance to climb up to fourth place with a victory depending on other results.

On the other hand, DC United are in slightly stronger form heading into Sunday's match after winning their previous two matches in all competitions.

The squad knocked out Flower City Union in the U.S. Open Cup with a dominant 3-0 victory, and they followed that up with a more frantic 3-2 win against New England Revolution.

DC United came back from behind with three goals in the first half with a brace from Taxiarchis Fountas and one by Michael Estrada, which secured the win.

The club currently sits just one place below Columbus in the league table, and with a game in hand on the majority of the teams around them, they will be confident that they can push on in the division.

Chad Ashton will now be wanting to see the recent offensive qualities continue in their upcoming away games, after only scoring twice on the road so far this season.

Columbus Crew Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D

Columbus Crew form (all competitions):
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D

DC United Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W

DC United form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W

Team News

Columbus were without Kevin Molino last weekend due to a knee injury, and there are doubts surrounding the striker once again heading into this encounter.

At the other end of the field Eloy Room returned to the starting lineup in goal against Kansas City, and after keeping a clean sheet it is likely he will retain his place.

The visitors have their own injury problems to deal with as Adrien Perez is out with a foot issue, Sofiane Djeffal has a shoulder problem, and both Moses Nyeman and Chris Odoi-Atsem have situations with their thighs.

Estrada will be expecting to lead the line for DC United on Sunday after scoring last week, and Fountas should also feature following his brace.

Columbus Crew possible starting lineup:
Room; Santos, Degenek, Jonathan, Moreira; Morris, Artur, Nagbe; Yeboah, Igbekeme, Berry

DC United possible starting lineup:
Kempin; Pines, Birnbaum, Hines-Ike; Gressel, Canouse, Durkin, Smith; Fountas, Flores; Estrada


We say: Columbus Crew 1-1 DC United

There is only goal difference to separate these two teams in the league, and it is likely that there will not be much between them when it comes to Sunday's match.

Each club is enduring mixed form right now, and therefore could benefit from a victory, but because of that it could lead to a cagey encounter that might produce a draw.



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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Inter MiamiInter Miami25165456391753
2FC CincinnatiCincinnati25153744331148
3Columbus Crew23127447222543
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls251011442311141
5New York City FCNY City2511593630638
6Charlotte FCCharlotte FC2510783027337
7Orlando City259793938134
8Toronto2693143447-1330
9Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2577113536-128
10Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia2569104542327
11CF MontrealMontreal2569103449-1527
12Nashville SCNashville2568112639-1326
13DC United2568113550-1526
14Chicago Fire2567123042-1225
15New England RevolutionNew England2372142347-2423

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy26147550361449
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles24145548301847
3Real Salt LakeSalt Lake25128551341744
4Colorado RapidsColorado2612595043741
5Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver2411584335838
6Houston DynamoHouston2410773530537
7Seattle SoundersSeattle2510783429537
8Portland TimbersPortland2510695042836
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2596104041-133
10Austin FCAustin2587102837-931
11Dallas2586113839-130
12Sporting Kansas CityKansas2666144152-1124
13St Louis City25411103246-1423
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes2542193161-3014
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