Match Preview: Union at Columbus Crew, Saturday July 22nd at 7:30PM

The Union try to rebound from their loss in Montreal on a short week against Columbus in Ohio.

Sometimes it’s best to get back on the pitch quickly after a loss. It lets you put it behind you and work towards a more positive result. That’s the situation the Union is in today after losing to the Impact in Montreal on Wednesday, facing the Crew today in Columbus.

The Crew aren’t doing that much better than the Union, sitting on 28 points after 20 matches. The Union are on 23 points after 19 matches. A Union win today would go a long way towards putting them back on the right foot in terms of chasing a playoff spot. All these matches against Eastern sides now are critical, real six-pointers. The boys in blue have to do what they have to do in order to get results; there’s still time for them to make a run with 15 matches remaining, but the window is closing.

The MLS season is long. Suspensions and injuries and losing players for international play happen, and test your depth. Roland Alberg won’t be with the team today after a one-match suspension for his dangerous tackle up in Canada. Expect to see Ilsinho slot in at the 10. Fabian Herbers won’t be taking Ilsinho’s position out on the wing either as he’s suffered a sports hernia and will be out a month or two. The Union will be without Chris Pontius and Andre Blake as well due to the United States and Jamaica’s continued presence in the Gold Cup.

The stalwart duo of Oguchi Onyewu and Jack Elliot will look to contain the Columbus attack of Federico Higuain, Justin Meram, and Ola Kamara, who have tallied 23 goals and 14 assists so far this year. Expect to see John McCarthy between the woodwork again.

One point would be good from this match. Do the Union have it in them? I say no.

Crew 2, Union 1

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