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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Columbus Crew


Chicago Fire (4-4-1-1): S. Johnson; Thompson, Berry, Anibaba, Segares; Paladini, Pause, Larentowicz, Lindpere; Rolfe; MacDonald.

Injury Report:

DOUBTFUL: Arne Friedrich (hip)

QUESTIONABLE: Steven Kinney (R quad strain)

Columbus Crew (4-2-3-1): Gruenebaum; Williams, Marshall, Glauber, Wahl; O'Rourke, Viana; Gaven, Duka, Speas; Oduro.

Injury Report:

OUT: Aaron Horton (L knee surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: Federico Higuain (L calf contusion)


  • Chicago is in last place in the Eastern Conference. It has the same record as fellow basement-dweller D.C. United, but with an inferior goal difference.

  • The Crew are fourth place in the East, with a 2-1-3 record so far, and are on a four-game unbeaten run.

  • Chicago has taken just 14 corner kicks this season, fewer than any other club in the league.

  • Columbus has scored seven away goals this year, tied for the best on-the-road offensive output in the league.

  • The Fire have allowed 12 goals this season, the weakest defensive record in MLS. Its -7 goal difference is another league low.
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