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September 22, 2012 8:38 PM EDT
Toyota Park — Bridgeview, Illinois
Referee:‬ M. Kennedy‎
Attendance:‬ 19172‎
 
23′ Chris Rolfe
J. Arrieta 15′
26′ Chris Rolfe
 

Chicago Fire 2-1 Columbus Crew: Rolfe hits twice to grab win

Chris Rolfe struck twice in three minutes to overturn Jairo Arrieta's opener and give his team a shot at the Eastern Conference title.

By Keith Hickey

Chris Rolfe, Patrick Nyarko, Chicago Fire, Major League Soccer
John Gress
Chicago recorded its fourth straight victory over Columbus to move to second place in the Eastern Conference, defeating the Crew 2-1 at Toyota Park.

Jairo Arrieta opened the scoring for the visiting side before the opening quarter-hour was up, cutting out a lazy pass from Sean Johnson, rounding the Chicago keeper, and tucking his finish inside the near post.

Chris Rolfe struck back for the Fire, finding the net twice in three minutes to seize the advantage for the home team. For his first, a well-timed run put him on the end of a slick Sherjill McDonald through ball and he finished past Andy Gruenebaum to equalize.

For the go-ahead goal, Rolfe showcased his technical ability and creative flair, taking Patrick Nyarko's short pass and chipping Gruenebaum from a standing position outside the penalty area.

The three points leapfrog the Fire above the New York Red Bulls, who failed to beat the New England Revolution, and leave them two points behind Eastern Conference pacesetter Sporting Kansas City with a game in hand.

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Chicago Fire

25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
90′
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4
Jalil Anibaba
Defender
 - 
13
Gonzalo Segares
Defender
 - 
4
Austin Berry
Defender
 - 
3
Arne Friedrich
Defender
 - 
12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
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20
Á. Fernández
Midfielder
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7
Alex
Midfielder
89′
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15
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14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
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-
Chris Rolfe
Striker
23′ 26′ 85′
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Columbus Crew

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30
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3
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-
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14
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20
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-
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10
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12
Eddie Gaven
Midfielder
69′
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20
 - 
19
J. Arrieta
Striker
15′
 - 
10

Substitutes

18
Jay Nolly
Goalkeeper
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11
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-
W. Thompson
Midfielder
89′
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19
Corben Bone
Midfielder
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-
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8
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9
G. Franco
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

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28
Matt Lampson
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
Eric Gehrig
Defender
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-
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7
Bernardo Anor
Midfielder
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6
Tony Tchani
Midfielder
69′
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33
Chris Birchall
Midfielder
 - 
9
Justin Meram
Midfielder
69′
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O. Vargas
Striker
82′

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Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2