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Played
April 20, 2013 8:40 PM EDT
Toyota Park — Bridgeview, Illinois
Referee:‬ D. Gantar‎
Attendance:‬ 12813‎
 
 

Chicago Fire 1-0 Columbus Crew: Late Larentowicz header settles tight affair

Andy Gruenebaum was the star for much of the game, but he couldn't prevent the Chicago midfielder from winning the match in the 83rd minute.

By Seth Vertelney

Maicon Santos, Joel Lindpere, Logan Pause - Chicago Fire, MLS
Rainier Ehrhardt
The Chicago Fire edged the Columbus Crew 1-0 at Toyota Park, thanks to a late headed goal by Jeff Larentowicz.

After a dull first half, the match came to life in the second period, and it was the home side in the ascendency. Were it not for a string of spectacular saves by Andy Gruenebaum, the Fire could have easily been three or four goals to the good.

Instead, the game was settled late off a long throw in. Austin Berry got a flicked header on Jalil Anibaba's long throw, and Larentowicz knifed in between two defenders to head home, giving his side a narrow victory.

After going winless in their first five, the Fire have now won two of three.

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Chicago Fire

25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Jalil Anibaba
Defender
 - 
13
Gonzalo Segares
Defender
6′
 - 
4
Austin Berry
Defender
 - 
12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
 - 
-
W. Thompson
Midfielder
13′
 - 
20
Jeff Larentowicz
Midfielder
83′
 - 
-
Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
83′
 - 
15
 - 
14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
87′
 - 
-
Chris Rolfe
Striker
 - 

Columbus Crew

 - 
30
 - 
2
Tyson Wahl
Defender
 - 
3
 - 
27
Gláuber
Defender
85′
 - 
-
 - 
14
 - 
12
Eddie Gaven
Midfielder
 - 
24
A. Viana
Defender
 - 
8
 - 
17
Ben Speas
Midfielder
65′
 - 
10

Substitutes

70
Paolo Tornaghi
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
11
Dilly Duka
Midfielder
83′
 - 
11
 - 
-
 - 
7
Alex
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
28
Matt Lampson
Goalkeeper
 - 
21
Chad Barson
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
13
Ethan Finlay
Midfielder
76′
 - 
23
Kevan George
Midfielder
82′
 - 
19
J. Arrieta
Striker
65′
 - 
26

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1