Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United - MLS Preview: TV channel, team news, lineups and prediction

  • Columbus play host to Atlanta in early-afternoon kick-off on Saturday
  • The two last met in the first round of 2023 MLS Cup playoffs
  • Both clubs have put together strong squads on paper for the 2024 season

Columbus Crew begin their 2023 MLS Cup title defense at Field against Atlanta United on Saturday afternoon.

Columbus will be eager to start off on the right foot in front of their supporters in their 20th meeting against the Five Stripes. The Crew kept most of their MLS Cup winning squad together -- including head coach Wilfried Nancy -- while Atlanta made several changes to their starting XI in the winter transfer window.

Here's 90min's preview of the clash between the Eastern Conference juggernauts.

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

  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Stadium: Field
  • Date: Saturday 24 February
  • Kick-off Time: 14:00 ET / 11:00 PT / 19:00 GMT

Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United H2H record

  • Columbus Crew: 10 wins
  • Atlanta United: 7 wins
  • Draws: 2 draws

Current Form (all competitions)

  • Columbus Crew: LWWWW
  • Atlanta United: DDLWL

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


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Columbus Crew team news

Mohamed Farsi signed a new contract with the Crew
Mohamed Farsi signed a new contract with the Crew /

Earlier this week, the Crew signed wing-back Mohamed Farsi to a new long-term contract through the 2027 campaign after his impressive showings during 2023 MLS Cup playoffs. As Julian Gressel departed Columbus to sign for Inter Miami as a free agent, Farsi is expected to be the starter at right wing-back in the 2024 season.

Nancy has no new injuries within his Columbus camp, meaning he'll have his full squad available for selection.

Columbus Crew predicted lineup vs Atlanta United

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

Atlanta United team news

Thiago Almada
Thiago Almada has returned from the Pre-Olympic Tournament / Jeff Dean/GettyImages

Star midfielder Thiago Almada has returned to the Atlanta camp after guiding the U23 Argentina national team to the Summer Olympics in Paris, and he should be good to go from the start having last played on February 11.

Atlanta signed free-agent goalkeeper Josh Cohen this offseason to eventually replace Brad Guzan, but it's still Guzan's spot to lose in the first game of the season. However, new signings Stian Gregersen and Bartosz Slisz make their way into Gonzalo Pineda's lineup.

Winger Edwin Mosquera is still nursing a shoulder injury and is expected to miss the clash.

Atlanta United predicted lineup vs Columbus Crew

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

Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United score prediction

Each time Atlanta travel to Columbus, they end up getting smacked around to lose by two-to-three goals. However, with defensive reinforcements, things will be different this time around. Columbus will come out swinging, but the Five Stripes will still stay in the game.

As Slisz and Gregersen are still learning the movements of their teammates and gaining a better understanding of the team's style of play, there will be hiccups in the early stages. Atlanta will still leak in a couple of goals but they'll manage to peg the Crew back twice to take home a hard-earned point to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with Thiago Almada orchestrating the Atlanta attack.

Prediction: Columbus Crew 2-2 Atlanta United