Match Preview: Columbus Crew travels to South Florida to face Inter Miami CF

Black & Gold and Inter Miami CF square off for first time since Miami joined MLS as an expansion club in 2020

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew (7-10-6, 27 points) travels to face Inter Miami CF (7-9-5, 26 points) at DRV PNK Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, FL tomorrow, Saturday, September 11 [8:00 p.m. ET / Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports App (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan & 971TheFan.com (English); ColumbusCrew.com (Spanish)]. Coverage of the match on Bally Sports Ohio is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. Notably, in observance of the 20-year mark since the tragedy in the United States on September 11, 2001, all team jerseys will feature a 20th remembrance patch, modeled on the one worn by clubs when MLS returned to action after the terrorist attacks in 2001.

 

The contest against Inter Miami CF is set to be the first-ever meeting between the two Eastern Conference sides, as Miami joined MLS in 2020 as an expansion club. The match is the second time this regular season that the Crew has faced off against an MLS expansion side, previously playing Austin FC to a 0-0 draw at Q2 Stadium (June 27). The Black & Gold hold an all-time record of 9-4-6 when facing expansion clubs for the first time.

 

Need To Know

This will be the first-ever meeting between Inter Miami and the Crew. Columbus’s last trip to Miami came in June 2001, a 4-3 defeat at the Fusion.

 

Inter Miami has won five of its last eight matches (D2 L1) as only New England (19) has more points than Miami’s 17 in that time. Miami has won all four of its home matches in that run after winning just five of its first 16 home MLS matches (D4 L7).

 

The Crew have lost seven of their last eight games (W1) including four straight defeats on the road. Columbus has managed just two wins in its last 24 away matches (D9 L12) dating back to late 2019.

 

Brek Shea’s 90th-minute winning goal against FC Cincinnati on Saturday was the third match-winning goal scored in the 90th minute or later by Miami this season. New York City FC (2) is the only other team with multiple 90th-minute winners in 2021.

 

Miguel Berry has scored three goals in his last two matches and is now the team’s joint-second-leading scorer this season with four goals (Lucas Zelarayán – 7) despite playing just 265 of 2,070.