Columbus Crew SC returns home to take on New York City FC Saturday

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New York City FC's Jack Harrison, left, and Columbus Crew's Justin Meram chase a loose ball during the first half of an MLS Eastern Conference semifinal soccer match Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Columbus Crew SC is returning to MAPFRE Stadium to take on New York City FC on Saturday.

The 7:30 p.m. match is the first of two regular-season meetings between the clubs. The June 1 match is the first of three home matches next month.

The match is also celebrating "Pride Night" with a special anthem performance by the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus.

Ahead of Saturday night's contest, the team is preparing at the Crew SC Training Center at Obetz.

With only five wins this season, Crew SC has some ground to makeup to appear in postseason play. The team sits ninth in the Eastern Conference with 16 points, nine behind the conference-leading DC United.

Saturday's match airs at 7:30 p.m. on Sports Time Ohio on television and on the radio on 97.1 The Fan.

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