The Black & Gold are taking on the Western Conference leaders, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, at BC Place in Vancouver on Saturday for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff. Crew SC currently holds a 2-4-1 record against the Caps.
Here are some storylines to read up on ahead of Saturday’s match:
With home games against Eastern Conference foes such as the New York Red Bulls on September 23 and D.C. United on September 30 leaving vital points up for grabs, Crew SC is charging closer to chasing the 2017 MLS Cup.
Columbus closes the regular season on the road at Orlando City SC on October 15 and at New York City FC on October 22.
The Black & Gold are undefeated in their last five regular-season matches, their longest streak of the 2017 Major League Soccer regular season. Crew SC looks to extend this streak as they face the Caps.
Vancouver will also be battling to defend a streak of their own. The Caps have snagged their first three-game winning streak in League play since May 2016.
Saturday’s match will be a reunion of sorts as both teams will be playing against a pair of familiar faces: former Crew SC midfielder Tony Tchani and former Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Kekuta Manneh.
Back in March, Crew SC acquired Manneh from Vancouver in exchange for Tchani, $225,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, and $75,000 in General Allocation Money. Since the trade, Manneh has made 14 regular-season appearances, eight of which were starts, netted three goals, two of which were game-winning goals, and provided two assists.
The Black & Gold will next return home to MAPFRE Stadium to host the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, September 23, for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff.