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Crew vs. Union: Preview, projected lineups, how to watch

The Union can clinch second place today with a win and an Atlanta United loss

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MLS: Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Union are in Columbus this evening, where they’ll need a win and some help in order to stay alive in the Eastern Conference title race.

With only two games remaining in the regular season, the Crew, the Union, and every other team in the East will play at the same time: Today at 5 p.m. Atlanta United FC and New York City FC, the only two teams capable of finishing above the Union at this point, are also on the road, in Montreal and New England, respectively. If the Union win, they would clinch second place with an Atlanta loss. If NYCFC also lose, the Union would win the East if they beat them at Talen Energy Stadium on Decision Day next weekend.

The stakes are nowhere near as high for Columbus, one of only five teams to be eliminated from the playoffs thus far. Though their season will end next weekend, their recent form is not at fault for that. The Crew have lost only once in their last 11 games, though they’ve only managed to win one home game in that stretch.

Mark McKenzie looks to be nearing a return after missing last weekend’s game in San Jose. He’s now listed as questionable on the injury report, and he has traveled with the team to Columbus. If either Haris Medunjanin or Marco Fabian receive a yellow card today, they’ll be suspended for next week’s crucial Decision Day matchup.

Projected lineups

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Jack Elliott, Mark McKenzie, Kai Wagner; Haris Medunjanin; Alejandro Bedoya, Jamiro Monteiro; Marco Fabián; Andrew Wooten, Kacper Przybyłko

Columbus Crew SC: Eloy Room; Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Aboubacar Keita, Connor Maloney; David Guzmán, Artur; Luis Díaz, Pedro Santos, Youness Mokhtar; Gyasi Zardes

How to watch

Where: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

When: 5 p.m. ET, Sunday, September 29, 2019

TV: PHL17

Streaming: ESPN+, FuboTV (affiliate link).*

Radio: Union Radio

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