MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus will play host to the regular season opener between the Columbus Crew SC and the New York City FC.
The match is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. ET and will be on SportsTime Ohio (Crew market), YES (NYCFC market) or ESPN+ (all US out-of-market).
If you don’t have cable and you live in the US, you can watch a live stream of the Columbus Crew vs NYCFC on your computer, phone, Fire Stick, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, PS4, Smart TV, or other device via one of the following streaming services:
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AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) offers six different channel bundles. Of those, the “Max,” “Choice,” “Xtra” and “Ultimate” packages include SportsTime Ohio and YES (for in-market viewers), and “Max” come with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for AT&T TV Now, you can watch a live stream of the Columbus Crew vs NYCFC on your computer via the AT&T TV Now website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other compatible streaming device via the AT&T TV app.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV Now — no matter what channel package you choose — comes with included cloud DVR.
If you live outside of the game’s market, anyone in the U.S can watch the Columbus Crew vs NYCFC live on ESPN+:
ESPN+ is the digital streaming service from ESPN that has exclusive coverage of every out-of-market, non-nationally televised MLS game this season, plus other live sports every day, all the 30-for-30 documentaries, and additional original content (both video and written) all for $4.99 per month.
Or, if you also want the new Disney+ streaming service and Hulu, you can get all three for $12.99 per month, which works out to 25 percent savings.
Once signed up for ESPN+, you can then watch the Columbus Crew vs NYCFC live on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the ESPN app.
SportsTime Ohio and YES (for in-market viewers) are included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch a live stream of the Columbus Crew vs NYCFC on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
Columbus Crew vs NYCFC Preview
After signing Lucas Zelarayan from Tigres in Liga MX this offseason, Columbus will feature a very different lineup this year than it had last season.
Midfielder Darlington Nagbe, who is a native of Ohio, forward Fanendo Adi, and defender Vito Wormgoor will also all be starting for the Crew. Gyasi Zardes, who scored 13 goals for the Crew last year, may be the primary benefactor of the addition of Zelarayan, as his presence should free Zardes up even more on the attack.
Columbus will also have its fullbacks at full strength again. Harrison Afful and Milton Valenzuela missed significant time last year, but both have recovered and will be ready to go to start the season.
New York won the East last year, and hope to stay dominant with their new coach. Ronny Deila recently took over after coaching at Vålerenga, a Norwegian club where he had been since 2017. The new manager has not committed to a starting lineup yet, but the team should look very similar to last year’s squad.
Maxi Moralez, who had 20 assists last year, and Brazilian star Heber will be back after a 15-goal debut with the club last season. Midfielder Alex Ring will also return, and Sean Johnson is the projected starter at keeper. It’s Deila who will be the new man on the block, but things seem to be off to a smooth start so far.
“He called me pretty fast after he became coach and I had a good feeling after we spoke on the phone,” Ring said about Deila after NYCFC’s recent defeat of AD San Carlos. “After meeting him personally and training under him and now playing, I can say that it’s exactly what I expected.”
For his part, Deila understands that he’s taking over a successful team, and aims to keep things running smoothly.
“They are used to winning a lot of games,” Deila said of his new team. “We need to improve in everything and be hungry to improve inside our style. My biggest task is for the players to feel safe on the pitch so they know exactly what’s expected, that they feel they mean something, that they are important, everybody. And that they have fun. For me, that’s the three most important things. Then if you do that, the players go to the pitch every day to get better. And if we do that, we can achieve a lot of the things,” Delia said.
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