Columbus Crew SC is back on the road for a second consecutive game, still searching for the team’s first win in two and a half months. This week’s opponent is the Chicago Fire, another struggling Major League Soccer side.
Like the Crew, the Fire currently sit on the outside looking in at the MLS playoff picture. Chicago has 22 points from 21 games played, while the Black & Gold sit on 17 points from the same number of matches. Both teams suffered defeat on Saturday, with the Fire falling 2-1 at home to FC Cincinnati and Columbus losing on the road 1-0 to Orlando City SC.
Both teams have dealt with injuries that have impacted their lineups and caused issues this year. Both teams are also desperate for a win.
Here is everything you need to know heading into the midweek matchup.
What to read:
Patrick Guldan looks back at the loss to Orlando and provides some insight into his biggest takeaways from the defeat. Collin Johnson gave a breakdown of how the Crew conceded another late goal to City. The Massive Report Podcast crew are tired of losing. The Massive Report staff is inconsistent on how they think this match will play out. Nick Hudak gives a breakdown of how the Black & Gold should play the Fire.
Injuries, suspensions and call-ups:
Columbus Crew: The visitor’s injury list continues to be a long one. Left back Milton Valenzuela and playmaker Federico Higuain are both out for the year with ACL tears. Added to the list of those who won’t play this week are center backs Gaston Sauro (thigh) and Josh Williams (concussion). Both players suffered the injuries against Orlando. Central midfielder David Guzman is listed as questionable as he too suffered a knee injury in the last match. Guzman did not practice with the team on Tuesday and is likely out. Center back Jonathan Mensah, who recently returned from international duty with Ghana, is questionable as well with a knee issue.
Chicago Fire: There is no one listed on the injury report for the Fire.
How to Watch:
Date/Time: July, 17 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: SeatGeek Stadium (Bridgeview, Illinois)
Watch: FOX Sports Ohio
Stream: Fox Sports GO/ESPN+