D.C. United are set to play the reigning MLS Cup Champions Columbus Crew on Wednesday,a matchup that is critical for both team's postseason outlook.
Columbus enters the game in sixth place with 24 points, with United just two spots back with 21 points. The top seven teams in the league qualify for the playoffs.
Columbus will be looking to get a sour taste out of their mouth from the last time they took the pitch, as they fell 4-1 to New York City FC on Friday. D.C. United was last in action on Saturday, a nil-nil draw to Cincinnati.
The Crew won the first meeting between the two clubs in May, 3-1.
Here’s everything you need to know.
D.C. UNITED vs. COLUMBUS CREW: HOW TO WATCH
What: D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew SC
Where: Historic Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
When: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: D.C. United vs. Columbus will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
D.C. UNITED vs. COLUMBUS CREW TV SCHEDULE
7:00 PM: D.C. United Pregame
9:30 PM: D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew
D.C. UNITED vs. COLUMBUS CREW: PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ola Kamara, Forward, D.C. United (7 goals, 2 assists in 10 appearances): By far D.C. United's best player on the attack this season, Kamara has netted seven goals in just 10 games played. The Norwegian is also facing his former club, as Kamara played for the Crew for one season in 2016.
Gyasi Zardes, Forward, Columbus Crew SC (4 goals, 0 assists in 9 appearances): Zardes has played in just nine games for Columbus this season, but is second on the team in goals anyway. It's unclear whether he'll be back in the lineup on Wednesday, though, as he played a pivotal role for the United States during the CONCACAF Gold Cup, including scoring the go-ahead goal in the semifinal game.