PREVIEW | Columbus to face Real Salt Lake in cross-conference match

Columbus Crew SC returns to MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday to host Real Salt Lake in a cross-conference match. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET with post-match fireworks after the final whistle.

Crew SC is looking for a victory after a loss at Los Angeles Football Club last Saturday. After allowing two quick goals from LAFC, Crew SC defense buckled down to hold LAFC to just three shots on target. Despite the creation of promising attacks, Crew SC was unable to produce a goal.

Real Salt Lake saw their six-match home win streak end on Saturday in a draw against the San Jose Earthquakes. Real Salt Lake opened the scoring in the 54th minute only to get a response from San Jose just 10 minutes later. RSL had a chance to take home three points on the final play, but a header hit the bar on a bounce.

In their last meeting, Crew SC earned a 2-2 draw at Real Salt Lake thanks to a brace from forward Ola Kamara. Kamara slotted his first goal to the top of the net with an assist from midfielder Connor Maloney. RSL equalized on a penalty kick and, shortly after, scored a go-ahead goal but Kamara completed the draw with a rebound strike after a shot by Ethan Finlay.

Columbus is 8-1-1 at home against Real Salt Lake, with the only loss dating back to 2006. The last three matches have seen at least four goals combined between the two clubs. Columbus is 11-5-4 all time against Real Salt Lake. 

On Tuesday, July 3, Crew SC will host Costa Rican First Division side Deportivo Saprissa in an international friendly. The match kicks off at MAPFRE Stadium at 7 p.m. ET. The Black & Gold then head back to the West Coast to face the LA Galaxy at Stub Hub Center. The match kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET. 

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