Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United - MLS Cup playoffs preview: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

  • Atlanta finished in sixth place in East; Crew in third
  • The two sides played to a 1-1 draw in early October
  • Five Stripes' best player set to miss the contest
Columbus Crew clash with Atlanta United
Columbus Crew clash with Atlanta United / Julie Bennett-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew are set to welcome Atlanta United to Field for game one in a best-of-three series in MLS Cup playoffs on November 1.

The Five Stripes caught fire after Leagues Cup but were unable to steal a fourth place finish by failing to win any of their final three games of the regular season against the Crew, Philadelphia Union and FC Cincinnati. Atlanta trudged to a sixth place finish in the Eastern Conference and will be without star Thiago Almada, who was sent off in the second half against Cincinnati on Decision Day.

The Crew capped off their campaign by winning two of their last three contests that includes victories over the Revs and CF Montreal. The stellar play of Cucho Hernandez guided Columbus to a third place finish in the East, and they'll look to keep that momentum going in front of their supporters.

What time does Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United kick-off?

  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Stadium: Field
  • Date: Wednesday 1 November
  • Kick-off Time: 19:30 ET / 16:30 PT / 11:30 BST
  • Referee: Lukasz Szpala
  • VAR: Sorin Stoica

Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United H2H record

  • Columbus Crew: 8 wins
  • Atlanta United: 6 wins
  • Draws: 2
  • Last meeting: Atlanta United 1-1 Columbus Crew (7 October 2023 - MLS)

How to watch Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United on TV channel and live stream


TV Channel / Live Stream

United States

Apple TV - MLS Season Pass, FS1, FS2

United Kingdom

Apple TV - MLS Season Pass


Apple TV +

Columbus Crew team news

Crew boss Wilfried Nancy confirmed on Monday that Diego Rossi has recovered from his thigh injury and is set to feature against Atlanta. Rossi joined Columbus earlier this summer from Turkish side Fenerbahce to fill the void that Lucas Zelarayan left when he joined Saudi Pro League's Al Fateh.

Columbus Crew predicted lineup vs Atlanta United

Columbus Crew predicted lineup vs Atlanta United (3-4-2-1): Schulte; Moreria, Camacho Amundsen; Gressel, Nagbe, Morris, Yeboah; Matan, Rossi; Hernandez.

Atlanta United team news

The Five Stripes will be without Almada, as a mindless off-the-ball challenge against Cincinnati saw him receive a second yellow card and sending off. The 22-year-old will be back in the mix for Atlanta for game two at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 7.

Atlanta United predicted lineup vs Columbus Crew

Atlanta United predicted lineup vs Columbus Crew (4-2-3-1): Guzan; Lennon, Robinson, Abram, Wiley; Muyumba, Rossetto; Mosquera, Lobjanidze, Silva; Giakoumakis.

Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United score prediction

The Crew were slight favorites to come out as victors in game one against Atlanta's full-strength XI, but now that the visitors are without their best player, they'll expect to come away from the game with the series lead.

Almada has been at the center of everything for Atlanta in 2023, scoring 11 goals and dishing out an MLS-best 19 assists, and it'll be interesting to see how Gonzalo Pineda's side cope without their Argentinian magician. It'll be a comfortable win for the Crew with Hernandez and Rossi getting on the scoresheet at Field.

Prediction: Columbus Crew 2-0 Atlanta United

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