Match Preview: Union versus Columbus Crew, Wednesday July 26th, 7:30 PM

The Union will look to avoid giving the Crew six points in less than a week on Wednesday at Talen Energy Stadium.

It’s not too soon to start trotting out the phrase “must win” for the Union. They are eight points below the red line with fourteen matches left, and unlike last year, they can’t just eat off of their accomplishments from the first half. No, they need results right now.

There are things working in the Union’s favor. They’ll get C.J. Sapong back tonight, and they’re slated to get Andre Blake and Chris Pontius back after the Gold Cup Final tonight, so reinforcements are coming. Ten of their last fourteen matches are against Eastern Conference opponents, which means they’re six-pointers and the Union can make up ground. We’ve also seen the Union go on multiple sustained winning streaks this year, so we know they’re capable of it.

A win against the Crew would be a good start. Columbus is now sitting in the last playoff spot thanks to their 1-0 win against the Union last weekend, leapfrogging Orlando City in the process. A win for the boys in blue would do a lot for them. A loss would put the Crew eleven points ahead of the Union, and while I hesitate to use the term “uncatchable”, they may very well be if that happens. Tonight is a must win.

Do the boys do it? I say yes.

Union 2, Crew 1


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