Columbus (2-1-3) at Chicago (1-4-1)

  • Game info: 8:30 pm EDT Sat Apr 20, 2013
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Dominic Oduro is making his presence felt in a big way among his new Columbus Crew teammates. The veteran forward would like nothing more than to continue that against his former team.

Oduro faces the Chicago Fire for the first time since an offseason deal on Saturday night, when the Crew go for their first victory at Toyota Park in 10 tries.

After scoring 18 goals and setting up five others in 66 regular-season games for the Fire over the last two seasons, Oduro was dealt to Columbus in February for midfielder Dilly Duka and the rights to midfielder Robbie Rogers.

“For the record, I never went to the coach (Frank Klopas) to ask to be traded,” Oduro told the league’s official website. “I just asked if I wasn’t the guy for them, we should just move on.”

The Ghanaian has done that. Oduro leads the Crew (2-1-3) with three goals and helped them secure draws in the last two contests to extend their unbeaten streak to four matches (1-0-3). He scored the equalizers in the 72nd minute of a 1-all draw against Philadelphia on April 6 and a 1-all draw at Montreal on Sunday.

“It’s not just that he’s scored three nice goals for us,” midfielder Eddie Gaven said. “It’s all the runs he makes off the ball creating so much more space for the guys playing underneath him, myself included.”

Chicago forward Patrick Nyarko, Oduro’s friend and countryman, isn’t surprised at all. These are the kind of moves he expects from the Crew.

“That’s one thing I admire most about them

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