MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Chicago Fire
The Fire have surged under Mike Magee, and a trip to Columbus is a potential six-pointer in the playoff scrap.
By Keith Hickey
|Columbus Crew (4-4-1-1): Gruenebaum; Gehrig, Marshall, Williams, Wahl; Oduro, O'Rourke, Tchani, Speas; Higuain; Arrieta.
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.
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.
Top 3 Predictions
Columbus Crew 0-2 Chicago Fire
- 25 %
Columbus Crew 2-1 Chicago Fire
- 12.5 %
Columbus Crew 2-2 Chicago Fire
- 12.5 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Sep 21, 2013||Columbus Crew 3 - Chicago Fire 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jun 22, 2013||Columbus Crew 1 - Chicago Fire 2|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Apr 20, 2013||Chicago Fire 1 - Columbus Crew 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Sep 22, 2012||Chicago Fire 2 - Columbus Crew 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jun 23, 2012||Chicago Fire 2 - Columbus Crew 1|
|Apr 13, 2014||San Jose Earthquakes 1 - Columbus Crew 1||MLS|
|Apr 5, 2014||Columbus Crew 0 - Toronto FC 2||MLS|
|Mar 29, 2014||Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Columbus Crew 2||MLS|
|Mar 22, 2014||Columbus Crew 2 - Philadelphia Union 1||MLS|
|Mar 8, 2014||D.C. United 0 - Columbus Crew 3||MLS|
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