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MLS: FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew | 28 August, 7:30 AM (PST) 


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

FC CINCINNATI: 

GK | Roman Celentano 

CB | Geoff Cameron 

FB | Tyler Blackett 

FB | Nick Hagglund 

MF | Raymon Gaddis 

MF | Obinna Nwobodo 

MF | Allan Cruz 

MF | Alvaro Barreal 

F | Luciano Acosta 

W | Brenner 

S | Brandon Vasquez 

 

COLUMBUS CREW: 

GK | Eloy Room 

LB | Milos Degenek 

RB | Jonathan Mensah 

CB | Pedro Santos 

CB | Steven Moreira 

MF | Darlington Nagbe 

MF | Sean Zawadzki 

MF | Aidan Morris 

CF |  Miguel Berry 

F | James Igbekeme 

F | Luis Díaz 

It’s an intraconference clash once again as this season of Major League Soccer is about to come to its close. Having nine games left to the 2022 season, the Columbus Crew will be leaving their home stadium to play at Cincinnati FC’s TQL Stadium for a chance at climbing up the board. 

 

Preceding their scheduled game against Cincinnati, Columbus Crew’s last league match ended in a draw with their visitors, the Atlanta United. While it’s not exactly a win, they get to enjoy an undefeated streak of three. They are currently in seventh at the Eastern Conference with 8-11-6, garnering 35 points across their 25 matches.  

 

Cincinnati FC, on the other hand, is also coming off a draw with the New York Red Bulls in a 1-1 match. They’re running on a 5-game undefeated streak, with four being draws. Sitting in ninth place in the East, they’ve collected 8-10-8 which has amounted to 34 points through 26 matches. They’re technically tied with New England in terms of their win-loss record and points. New England just has fewer goals against in comparison which have earned them the eighth place. 

 

Now, let’s talk history. In their last five head-to-heads, Columbus was victorious for three matches, including their most recent one on July 18 while Cincinnati won once back in 2020 and then a drawback in July 2021.  

 

Cincinnati seems to grasp the shorter end of the stick, but striker Brandon Vasquez’ performance for the team has been incomparable. Vasquez is a top scorer along with Brenner and Luciano Acosta and has scored 15 goals for the season, making him tied for the third-highest scorer in the 2022 league. 

 

To conclude, these teams are considerably neck-and-neck with their similar stats and performance plays. However, the Columbus Crew has proved victorious time and time again, not to mention how they won their last face-off in July as well. While Cincinnati does have a Vasquez in their team, they can’t depend on one player alone. Our fingers point to Columbus for this game, and we’re excited to see them bolt past Inter Miami and Orlando City on the board after they pull this win.  

 

7:30 AM (PST), Sunday, 28 August 2022. TQL Stadium, Cincinnati, OH. 

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