Kick-off 3:30 PM EST
Date: Saturday, 26 February 2022
Competition: MLS 2022 Regular Season
Venue: Lower.com Field
Columbus Crew will begin their campaign in the MLS 2022 season and guests on the Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps. The Crew in the Eastern Conference did not qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs last season.
Vancouver Whitecaps will begin the new season on the road against the Columbus Crew, who failed to make the playoffs last season. The Caps were eliminated in the 2021 MLS Cup round of 16 by Sporting Kansas City.
Vancouver Whitecaps had a great season but finished sixth in the Western Conference.
How to watch Columbus Crew vs Vancouver Whitecaps: live stream, tv channel in USA, Canada
United States: ESPN+, ESPN App
Canada: TSN.ca, TSN App, TSN1, TSN4
United Kingdom: TBD
Match Preview and Prediction
Columbus Crew’s only win during the Preseason was the 0-3 defeat of Charleston Battery in the Carolina Challenge Cup. Mensah and Zelarayan had given the Crews an early lead in the first half before Santos sealed the win with his his 49th-minute spot-kick.
Columbus Crew were also forced to a draw by MLS newcomers Charlotte FC and CF Inter Miami. Head coach Caleb Porter is expected to change the team that will face Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
Visitors Vancouver Whitecaps had the best of their Pre Season friendlies, beating Los Angeles Galaxy 4-2 and San Diego Royal 1-0emphaticallyn.
Head Coach of Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vanni Sartini drew positives against New Mexico United. At the moment, the future is bright for Vancouver and looks ahead for a positive outing this season.
Score Prediction: 3-1
Artur (Hernia) Kitchen P. (Knee Injury), Molino K., (Knee Injury), Morris A., (Knee Injury) are out injured.
Caio Alexandre (Broken ankle) is out injured.