NYCFC vs Columbus Crew preview: How to watch team news, predicted lineups, kickoff time and ones to watch
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NYCFC conclude their five-match homestand as the Boys In Blue welcome the Columbus Crew to Yankee Stadium.

Three wins and a draw from the four previous home matches, which saw the defending MLS champions score 14 goals, have NYCFC up to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings.

Columbus have put together a three-match unbeaten run following a shock third-round exit in the US Open Cup at the hands of USL Championship side Detroit City FC.

Team news


Anton Tinnerholm continues to miss out as he recovers from an Achilles injury suffered last year.

Midfielders Malte Amundsen and Maxi Moralez are both listed as questionable with lower-body injuries.

Columbus Crew

Right-back Steven Moreira has been pronounced fit to start by manager Caleb Porter after missing last week's draw against New England with a hamstring injury.

Star man Lucas Zelarayan is also expected to play, having not started any of Columbus' last three games with inflammation in his right knee, while Kevin Molino still remains out. 

There were worries that the game could be delayed, after Columbus' team plane had to be diverted back to Columbus due to dense fog in New York causing the team to leave Saturday morning. 

Predicted lineups

NYCFC: Johnson; Amundsen, Martins, Callens, Gray; Acevedo, Parks; Magno, Rodríguez, Andrade; Héber

Columbus Crew: Room; Santos, Mensah, Williams, Moreira; Morris, Artur, Nagbe; Yeboah, Berry, Igbekeme

Ones to watch

Gabriel Pereira (NYCFC)

He's been a big part of the Boys In Blue undefeated run and is exceptionally godo with his left foot. As he gets used to playing with his new side, this excpetional Brazilian will only become more dangerous.

Pedro Santos (Columbus Crew)

He switched positions, converting from a winger to a full-back on a regular basis after doing so due to injuries within the squad last season and the departure of Milton Valenzuela. Now a full-time left-back, he provides pressure on defense and stretches the team out offensively.

Previous meetings

Last July, the Boys In Blue ended a three-match losing streak against the Crewrunning out decisive 4-1 winners.

Valentin Castellanos headed NYCFC in front after 14 minutes from a corner kick by Jesus Medina.

The lead was doubled when Alfredo Morales lofted a ball for Thiago Andrade, the Brazilian chipping goalkeeper Eloy Room.

Andrade turned provider for the hosts' third, nutmegging a defender with his pass and finding Keaton Parks, who tapped home.

Room then kept out a shot by Santiago Rodriguez, but it fell to Maxi Moralez and he passed back to a wide-open Rodriguez, who had the simplest of finishes to make it 4-0.

Columbus grabbed a consolation goal in second-half stoppage time as Pedro Santos scored from the spot.

How to watch

The match will be streamed nationally on ESPN+. In New York City, the YES Network will carry all of the action while Bally Sports Ohio has coverage in Columbus.

Kickoff is set for 7pm Eastern time.