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  • September 22, 2012
  • • 8:38 PM
  • • Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
  • Referee: M. Kennedy
  • • Attendance: 19172
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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Columbus Crew

The race for playoff spots is tight in the East, and both of these teams will want the security of three points.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Chicago Fire (4-2-3-1): Johnson; Anibaba, Friedrich, Berry, Segares; Pause, Pardo; Nyarko, Rolfe, Fernandez; MacDonald.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair); DF Steven Kinney (R groin pain)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Dan Gargan (L knee pain)
Columbus Crew (4-4-1-1): Gruenebaum; Miranda, Marshall, James, Williams; Gaven, Birchall, Mirosevic, Duka; Higuain; Arrieta.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery); MF Bernardo Anor (L knee ACL tear); DF Carlos Mendes (R hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain); DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab)

PROBABLE: GK Andy Gruenebaum (lower back stiffness)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chicago is second in the East, four point adrift of leader Sporting KC with a game in hand. Chicago has won six out of its last seven games. Before that, it had taken the club 13 games to record six wins.
  • Columbus currently occupies sixth place in the East, one point behind Houston and the final playoff berth.
  • The teams have split a pair of 2-1 decisions this season. Eddie Gaven and Emilio Rentería scored first-half goals to lead the Crew to a win in Columbus on May 26, then Marco Pappa and Dominic Oduro hit first-half strikes to give the Fire the win June 23 at Toyota Park.
  • With the Fire victory in the last meeting, the Crew haven’t won in Bridgeview since 2006 (eight visits).
  • Chicago's Dan Gargan will miss this game through suspension due to yellow card accumulation.

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Available Squads
25Sean JohnsonGoalkeeper
4Jalil AnibabaDefender
13Gonzalo SegaresDefender
4Austin BerryDefender
3Arne FriedrichDefender
12Logan PauseMidfielder
20Á. FernándezDefender
7AlexMidfielder
15Sherjill MacDonaldStriker
14Patrick NyarkoStriker
18Chris RolfeStriker
18Jay NollyGoalkeeper
11Daniel PaladiniMidfielder
-W. ThompsonMidfielder
19Corben BoneMidfielder
-Michael VideiraMidfielder
-Dominic OduroStriker
9G. FrancoStriker
30Andy GruenebaumGoalkeeper
3Josh WilliamsDefender
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
14Chad MarshallDefender
-Sebastián MirandaDefender
-Julius JamesDefender
-Milovan MirosevicMidfielder
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
20E. RenteríaStriker
19J. ArrietaStriker
10Federico HiguaínStriker
28Matt LampsonGoalkeeper
16Eric GehrigMidfielder
-Nemanja VukovicDefender
7Bernardo AnorMidfielder
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
33Chris BirchallMidfielder
9Justin MeramMidfielder
-O. VargasStriker

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