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  • October 22, 2011
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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Columbus Crew

MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Columbus Crew

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Columbus can clinch the first overall seed in the East with a win and some help in the Sporting Kansas City match.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Anibaba, Cuesta, Mikulic, Segares; Pause, Grazzini, Paladini, Pappa; Oduro, Nyarko.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Gabriel Ferrari (L knee ACL reconstruction); DF Steven Kinney (sports hernia)

DOUBTFUL: FW Cristian Nazarit (L quad strain); MF Michael Videira (L groin strain)
Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Hesmer; Miranda, James, Marshall, Gardner; Gaven, O'Rourke, Ekpo, Duka; Mendoza, Renteria.

INJURY REPORT

DOUBTFUL: MF Tony Tchani (R knee surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Robbie Rogers (R hamstring strain)

PROBABLE: FW Tommy Heinemann (lower back strain); MF Danny O'Rourke (L knee tightness); DF Rich Balchan (abdominal strain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sitting one point behind first place Sporting Kansas City, a win in this match would clinch the top spot in the Eastern Conference for Columbus if SKC does not win at D.C United.

  • Chicago won a thrilling affair at D.C. last weekend, scoring twice in injury time to win 2-1. It was the first time in MLS history a team won in regulation after giving up the lead in the 75th minute or later.
  • The Crew clinched a playoff berth last weekend with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at New England.
  • New York's win over Philadelphia on Thursday night eliminated the Fire from playoff contention.
  • With a double last weekend, Crew striker Andres Mendoza moved to 13 goals on the season, three behind Dwayne De Rosario for the league lead.
  • After missing the playoffs just once in its first 12 years, Chicago will now miss the playoffs for its second consecutive season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Chicago Fire

Columbus Crew

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chicago Fire FIR
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire
Draw
Columbus Crew CRE
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew
42%
50%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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