Did you know: The Columbus Crew have never beaten Seattle in Columbus? If you did, congrats! If not, now you know.
Can that streak continue? Well, the Sounders are coming into this match after a well-earned 3-1 victory against NYC FC on the road. The Crew, after starting the season strong, just lost 2-0 to DC United, also on the road.
Lets peek at the data to see what we uncover about this matchup.
For the Crew, Wil Trapp has lingering concussion symptoms and continues to be evaluated. Forward Kei Kamara is also questionable with a left groin strain. There are no known Seattle Sounders injuries, so you can expect a healthy starting lineup.
The visiting team in the Seattle-Columbus series has won three straight matches.
Columbus ranks second in passing accuracy, trailing only Orlando City. The Crew also rank second in passing accuracy in the opponent’s half and in the final third. (Read more about the Crew's possession in 3 Questions).
While the Crew are a possession-focused team, they also rely heavily on the cross. Columbus ranks first in crosses from open play per match (23.4). The team also leads the league in successful crosses (48) and ranks fourth in cross accuracy.
The Sounders allow 16.8 shots per game on the road, yet have only conceded 3 goals on the road.
On to the infographic!