Sunday football will return for the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field soon but first, there is Sunday night soccer in the Windy City. The Columbus Crew are in Chicago to take on the Fire at Soldier Field in the first of three Black & Gold games in the next seven days. The two sides have met once this season in the final match at historic Crew Stadium which Columbus won 2-0.
Since the closing of historic Crew Stadium, the Crew has had an eventful two months with a new stadium and an unbeaten streak. Currently, the form has been poor for the Black & Gold with three straight losses and 11 goals conceded in the matches combined. The lack of points has put the Crew just barely in playoff position in the Eastern Conference as Columbus added two players to the injured list this week, which makes matters more difficult.
The Chicago Fire fans will head to Soldier Field on Sunday night for the last chance to watch their team at home until Sept. 22. The Fire rides a three-match unbeaten run with draws against the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC and a victory against the New York Red Bulls last Sunday. Chicago will want to give its fans one last big result against a playoff contender before the six-game road trip begins Wednesday in Miami.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Crew: Artur (right hip), Aidan Morris (left knee), Milton Valenzuela (right thigh), Perry Kitchen (left knee), Marlon Hairston (left thigh), Luis Diaz (right shoulder), and Josh Williams (left ankle) are OUT. Vito Wormgoor (right thigh) is QUESTIONABLE.
Fire: Kenneth Kronholm (right knee), Javier Casas Jr. (right shin), Ignacio Aliseda (left shin), Miguel Navarro (right knee), and Alvaro Medran (health & safety protocols) are QUESTIONABLE.
How to watch:
Date: Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, 6 p.m. ET
Venue: Soldier Field - Chicago, Illinois
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+ App (out of market)
8. Columbus Crew (18 GP, 24 PTS)
9. New York Red Bulls (18 GP, 19 PTS)
10. Atlanta United (18 GP, 18 PTS)
11. Chicago Fire (18 GP, 17 PTS)
Around the league:
Four headline matches will be played Sunday in MLS. First will be a huge game in Atlanta as the Five Stripes welcome Carlos Vela and LAFC on ESPN. One hour after the Crew and Fire kick off, Nashville SC looks to maintain its form against D.C. United at Nissan Stadium. The evening will conclude at Providence Park for a Cascadia Cup rivalry match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders.
Last five matches:
June 19, 2021: Columbus Crew 2, Chicago Fire 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)
September 12, 2020: Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew 2 (Soldier Field)
August 20, 2020: Columbus Crew 3, Chicago Fire 0 (Historic Crew Stadium)
August 31, 2019: Columbus Crew 1, Chicago Fire 1 (Historic Crew Stadium)
July 17, 2019: Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew 2 (Toyota Park)