Crew’s high-powered offense, Orlando City’s defense set to clash

Contrasting styles will be on display when Orlando City host the Columbus Crew in an Eastern Conference semifinal on Saturday. Under coach Wilfried Nancy, the Crew like possession that leads to putting opposing defenses on their heels. They led MLS with 67 goals in the regular season and scored eight during the three-game opening-round series against Atlanta United. The playoff format adjusts to single-elimination matches for the conference semifinals and finals, as well as the

Atlanta United attempt to overcome Crew’s home-field advantage

Atlanta United feels they have the momentum. The Columbus Crew will rely on their home-field advantage. Something has to give when the third-seeded Crew host No. 6 Atlanta in the decisive match of their Eastern Conference first-round best-of-three series on Sunday. Atlanta avoided elimination in Match 2 at home on Tuesday with a 4-2 victory following the Crew’s 2-0 win in Columbus in the Nov. 1 opener. “I think we got some momentum after scoring

Atlanta United’s Thiago Almada back for must-win match vs. Crew

Atlanta United are hoping a not-so-secret weapon can keep their postseason hopes alive when they host the Columbus Crew on Tuesday in Match 2 of the first-round, best-of-three series. The Crew, the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, won the opener 2-0 at home on Nov. 1 on a brace by Cucho Hernandez while limiting Atlanta to one off-target shot. Atlanta expects that to change with the return of Thiago Almada, a finalist for

Atlanta United, minus Thiago Almada, visit Crew in Game 1

Atlanta United will be without one of the league’s more productive players when they open their best-of-three first-round series at the Columbus Crew on Wednesday. Thiago Almada, a finalist for the MLS MVP and Young Player of the Year awards with 11 goals and 19 assists, will miss the opener after he was red-carded (two cautions) in the regular-season finale against FC Cincinnati on Oct. 21. “It’s really hard to replicate exactly the quality that

A lot on the line for CF Montreal against Crew

CF Montreal and the host Columbus Crew don’t want others to decide their fate when they meet in the regular-season finale Saturday in Ohio. Montreal (12-16-5, 41 points) is in a more precarious position with a postseason berth on the line. The Crew (15-9-9, 54 points) have already clinched a spot but would like to secure home-field advantage for a first-round, best-of-three series, which goes to the top four teams in each conference. Columbus is

Crew visit Atlanta United, have eye on top of table

Knocking off the best home team in Major League Soccer has Columbus coach Wilfried Nancy thinking big when the Crew play at Atlanta United on Saturday in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup. The Crew (15-9-8, 53 points) defeated New England 2-1 on Wednesday to hand the Revolution their first home loss of the season in 16 matches. Diego Rossi had a goal and an assist. More importantly, the Crew moved into fourth place by a