Monday, October 3, 2022

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew SC (2-0-2) at Nashville SC (1-2-1)

The Crew are unbeaten in four matches against Nashville (W2 D2), including knocking the then-expansion side out of the 2020 playoffs. The Crew are the only team Nashville has played more than twice without ever winning in MLS play.

Columbus is unbeaten in seven straight matches dating back to the end of last season (W5 D2), winning all four home matches in that span. The Crew have won eight of their last nine home matches (L1) after recording just one win in their first six matches at Field (D2 L3).

Nashville has suffered consecutive losses for the first time since the club’s fifth and sixth all-time games in August 2020. Nashville has never lost three consecutive MLS matches.

The Crew lead MLS with 33.8 touches in the opponent’s penalty box so far this season. Derrick Etienne alone has 39 touches in the opponent’s box, 11 more than any other player in the league this season, averaging 9.9 touches in the opponent’s box per 90 minutes.

C.J. Sapong has scored seven career goals against the Crew, doing so with three different teams (Sporting KC, Philadelphia, Chicago). Only David Villa (9) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (8) have scored more against the Crew since Sapong debuted in MLS in 2011.

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