As the Black and Gold search for a win, they find themselves of hosting two of the most powerful offenses in Major League Soccer: the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night followed by Los Angeles Football Club on Saturday. These matchups could be a challenge for the Crew, who have lost five games in a row for the first time since the 2000 season.
There is a bit of good news for Caleb Porter’s Men though. First, neither LA franchise is coming into this week on a hot streak. Both Zlatan’s LA Galaxy and Carlos Vela’s LAFC are stuttering, each only having one win in their last three matches. If Columbus wants to make a statement, this would be a good time.
Also, in Columbus’ favor is what should be an energized Crew squad. During his postgame remarks after a controversial at best – and harsh at worst – loss at DC United, Caleb Porter made a point of expressing his displeasure with the amount of respect his players are getting from the league’s referees. The coach’s candor about how he feels his team is perceived is sure to both draw a hefty fine from the league and simultaneously rally the troops to punch above their weight for at least one of the upcoming patches, if not both.
Wednesday’s Galaxy matchup, which will see Crew legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto return to The Friendly Confines for the first time since 2010, will kickoff at 7:30 Eastern and feature a pre-match Happy Hour on the plaza. Nordecke tickets are still available, and can be purchased here.
Saturday’s Military Appreciation Night match against LAFC is also scheduled for 7:30 Eastern. Nordecke tickets for this last home match of the month can be purchased here. Both matches should be fun, if nothing else, and for those that can’t make it to the stadium they can be seen on Fox Sports Ohio, streaming on Fox Sports Go, or heard on 97.1 The Fan.
Being honest, the outlook for the Crew is not good for the foreseeable future. The Crew will be fortunate to see a victory in the month of May, and if they do it will most likely be away to Colorado on the 25th. But all is not lost: Columbus is still in the playoff picture, Pedro Santos seems to have found some form, Zack Steffan is still amazing, and our coach and players seem to be just as frustrated as the fans. In the (thankfully) weak MLS Eastern Conference, all it will take is a couple of draws or one win and the Columbus Crew SC can continue to work out the kinks with the goal of hitting their stride in time for the playoffs. Timing, as we all know, is everything.
Glory to Columbus!