When Columbus Crew and FC Cincinnati square off against each other at the Mapfre Stadium on Sunday night, something will undoubtedly give.
The hosts, who have gone seven games without a loss, face Cincinnati, a team that has recently struggled to get all three points but has also enjoyed an amazing unbeaten run.
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On Wednesday night, DC United, who had recently been humiliated 7-0 at Philadelphia Union and had since named Wayne Rooney as their new manager, was twice pushed back in their draw with Columbus.
Just a week after signing from recently relegated Watford in England, Cucho Hernandez scored a superb goal in his second game for the Crew, giving his new team the lead in the capital.
Despite surviving a penalty given up during the second half, Caleb Porter’s team trailed 10 minutes from the end after being under intense pressure from DC throughout the whole game.
A minute later, Ola Kamara denied the Crew all three points by stopping Hernandez from scoring his second of the game and third in as many games to finish an electrifying week for the Colombian.
Porter will have been frustrated that his team couldn’t finish the game, but a victory might not have been warranted given the way the game was played over the course of the entire 90 minutes.
Though they have recovered from a rough stretch of just one victory in ten games across all competitions prior to it, Sunday’s hosts have been on a strong recent run of play. As a result, they have climbed back up the table and are once again in the playoff picture.
At the time of writing, Cincinnati’s guests are two spots, although only by one point, ahead of their hosts.
Following a strong start to the 2022 season, the Orange and Blue have already surpassed their point totals from their first three MLS seasons.
Even though Pat Noonan’s team has only had one victory in their last eight games, they are currently enjoying a six-game unbeaten streak after drawing five of their last six games, including four straight.
With 32 goals scored in 20 matches to date, Cincinnati has improved its front of the net and is only four teams in the entire MLS ahead of them in goals scored. However, a leaky back line, especially recently, has frequently prevented Noonan’s team from taking all three points.
This was basically the case when Cincinnati faced an equally strong Vancouver Whitecaps team last time around, drawing 2-2 at home on Wednesday night. At the TQL Stadium, Alvaro Barreal and Brandon Vazquez both scored goals. The latter’s goal was his tenth league goal so far this season, and the American’s chemistry with Brenner up front has only gotten better in recent weeks, giving plenty of hope that their team’s unbeaten streak will last for many more weeks to come.
Because both of these teams have recently been involved in goals at both ends of the field, we anticipate that this will be a competitive and exciting match on Sunday.
We are picking a draw at the Mapfre Stadium despite the fact that it seems like something must give between two teams with excellent unbeaten streaks because we believe the two hot clubs will balance one other out.