Decision Day in the 2022 MLS campaign is fast approaching, as Orlando City and the Columbus Crew will square off at Exploria Stadium on Sunday, knowing that a victory for either side would assure them of a spot in the postseason. Currently, the Crew are clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 46 points, one more than the Lions. From a campaign which appeared destined to see at least one playoff game, Orlando City are suddenly trying to salvage this season before it is too late.
Another team who missed a chance to claim a spot in the postseason this week was the Crew, who were minutes away from defeating Charlotte FC on Wednesday before Andre Shinyashiki equalised for the home side deep into stoppage time. That ending has been an all too familiar feeling for Caleb Porter and his team in 2022, as Columbus have dropped 11 points in the 90th minute or later this year, which is three more than any other MLS side has ever squandered in a league campaign.
Orlando City Major League Soccer form:
Columbus Crew Major League Soccer form:
Orlando City possible starting lineup:
Gallese; Moutinho, Schlegel, Smith, Ruan; Araujo, Pereyra; Michel, Urso, Torres; Kara
Columbus Crew possible starting lineup:
Room; Santos, Williams, Degenek, Moreira; Morris, Nagbe; Etienne, Zelarayan, Diaz; Hernandez