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New York City FC vs. Columbus Crew SC Pick & Prediction AUG 6th 2022

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It's best not to mess with Mother Nature.

The Columbus Crew had a nine-match MLS unbeaten streak (4-0-5) snapped Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to visiting CF Montreal. They allowed the tying goal in the 88th minute and the winner in second-half stoppage time after a pronounced weather delay midway through the second half.

The Crew (7-6-9, 30 points) hope for both better weather and outcome on Saturday night when they host the New York City FC (12-4-6, 42 points).

"I think it's a cruel result," Crew coach Caleb Porter said. "It's as cruel as I've been a part of, if you factor in everything that happened in the order that it happened."

It was the first loss for the Crew since May 21 against league-leading Los Angeles FC.

"No excuse whatsoever," Crew defender Jonathan Mensah said. "We didn't defend well during the end of the game and we got punished. ... We wanted to finish the game right away, but due to the weather they stopped us, and I believe that affected us. This is the fourth or fifth time this season. It's tough. But credit to Montreal. We just go back and go again Saturday."

New York has just one victory in 10 visits to Columbus (1-6-3), including playoffs, although it posted a 2-0 victory May 14 at Yankee Stadium on goals by Talles Magno Bacelar Martins and Taty Castellanos.

Castellanos is gone, having been loaned to Girona FC of La Liga last week despite recording 13 goals.

New York is coming off a scoreless draw last Saturday against Montreal, which snapped its four-game winning streak. Still, NYCFC is riding a seven-match unbeaten run (4-0-3).

"We know that the game is going to be difficult," New York interim coach Nick Cushing said. "We know when you go away to Columbus Crew it's a really difficult game, but we're also a good team. ... I think before (Wednesday), the game was set up for two teams that are really in form."

--Field Level Media

New York City FC vs. Columbus Crew SC

Artur scored and drew a late penalty as the Columbus Crew defeated visiting New York City FC 3-1 at Mapfre Stadium on Sunday for their first win in five games.

Columbus (10-4-4, 34 points) led 2-0 on goals by Artur in the 26th minute and Pedro Santos in the 49th before Valentin Castellanos scored for New York City (8-8-3, 27 points) to make it 2-1 at the 55-minute mark.

After Artur was fouled in the box by Maxime Chanot in stoppage time, Gyasi Zardes' penalty kick was saved by Sean Johnson, but Zardes put in the rebound in the 93rd minute for his 11th goal.

Andrew Tarbell made five saves for the Crew, who were 0-3-1 in the past four games. Johnson had six saves for NYCFC, which has two losses and a tie in the past three games.

Artur made it 1-0 by scoring from close range off a loose ball.

The Brazilian midfielder's first regular season goal in 104 career MLS games was the longest wait before scoring a league goal since Andrew Farrell's first in his 164th appearance for the New England Revolution in 2018.

Artur's previous goal also came against New York City but in the first leg of the 2017 Eastern Conference semifinal.

Santos made it 2-0 from a setup by Derrick Etienne Jr. Santos, who has six goals and five assists in the past 11 games, left in the 65th minute with a hip injury.

Castellanos cut the deficit in half off a corner kick by Jesus Medina, beating Aidan Morris to the top of the goal box. Both of his goals have come in the past four games.

Columbus had been the lone MLS team this season not to concede a goal off a corner kick.

Castellanos received a yellow card in the 84th minute and will miss the next game vs. Montreal on Saturday because of yellow-card accumulation, as will Chanot.

The Crew plays at Houston on Saturday.

--Field Level Media
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