With a playoff spot all wrapped up, the Crew head to Chicago with a chance to take possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. Going in to Saturday, Columbus sits only one point behind Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union. If Kansas City loses or ties, and the Crew win, then they will overtake the former Wiz and the stagnant Union. First place in the conference would ensure home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Columbus is the only team in the East with single digits in the tie column. The Crew have 47 points on the season (13-12-8).
When the two teams met at Crew Stadium on June 12th, Chicago stole a victory after a 90th minute goal by substitute Cristian Nazarit.
Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers is scheduled to return to action tonight after missing the previous two games due to a hamstring injury.
Prediction: Crew 2-0 Fire
Columbus has won their previous two games, and Chicago isn’t in too bad of a stretch themselves either. However, the Fire don’t have anything to play for except for pride, while the Crew should be desperate to continue their hot streak going into the playoffs. A victory should be in the cards for Columbus.
Columbus Crew – DOUBTFUL: MF Tony Tchani; QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O’Rourke; PROBABLE: DF Rich Balchan; MF Robbie Rogers
Chicago Fire – OUT: MF Gabriel Ferrari; DF Steven Kinney; DOUBTFUL: MF Michael Videira; QUESTIONABLE: MF Sebastian Grazzini