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  • June 22, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Referee: Drew Fischer
  • • Attendance: 19624
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MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Chicago Fire

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Chicago Fire

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The Fire have surged under Mike Magee, and a trip to Columbus is a potential six-pointer in the playoff scrap.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Columbus Crew (4-4-1-1): Gruenebaum; Gehrig, Marshall, Williams, Wahl; Oduro, O'Rourke, Tchani, Speas; Higuain; Arrieta.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: Drew Beckie (L adductor strain), Eddie Gaven (L ACL rupture), Augustin Viana (R hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: Ryan Finley (R Ankle Sprain), Chad Marshall (R hamstring strain), Josh Williams (L calf inflammation)
Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Anibaba, Berry, Soumare, Segares; Nyarko, Alex, Larentowicz, Duka; Rolfe, Magee.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: Arne Friedrich (hip tightness), Steven Kinney (R quad strain)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Columbus is currently seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 5-5-5 record, two points off the last playoff spot.
  • Chicago is just one place behind, in eighth, but trails Columbus by five points. The Fire do have a game in hand, however.
  • This will be the third meeting this season between these two sides. Chicago won both previous encounters, both in Chicago, 1-0 on April 20 and 2-1 on June 13.
  • Since his arrival from LA less than a month ago, Mike Magee has been the catalyst for a huge Fire turnaround. Magee has scored in all three of the MLS games he has played in a Chicago shirt, helping the previously-sputtering Fire to two wins and a draw, and the team is now unbeaten in its last four.
  • Dominic Oduro, who leads Columbus' offense with seven goals this season, was previously a Chicago player. He spent two years with the Fire, scoring 18 goals in 66 appearances.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Columbus Crew

Chicago Fire

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Columbus Crew CRE
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew
Draw
Chicago Fire FIR
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire
37%
25%
38%

Top 3 Predictions

Columbus Crew CRE
0 - 2
Chicago Fire FIR
Columbus Crew CRE
1 - 0
Chicago Fire FIR
Columbus Crew CRE
1 - 2
Chicago Fire FIR

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