Federico Higuain - Cristian Martinez - Dax McCarty (back) - Columbus Crew - Chicago Fire
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Columbus Crew SC 1, Chicago Fire 1 | 2019 Preseason Match Recap

Columbus Crew SC and the Chicago Fire squared off to open the 2019 Carolina Challenge Cup on Saturday, playing to a 1-1 draw at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina.

The midwestern foes, in the middle of preseason preparations ahead of the 2019 MLS regular season, saw the opening goal come courtesy of Chicago rising star Djordje Mihailovic, as he scored with an assured stroke just outside the box in the 16th minute.

Columbus equalized 10 minutes later through 2018 leading scorer Gyasi Zardes on a header.

In the 31st minute, Crew SC midfielder Wil Trapp was sent off for a bad tackle on Diego Campos.


  • CHI - Djordje Mihailovic 16'
  • CLB - Gyasi Zardes (Waylon Francis) 26'


Columbus: GK - Zack Steffen; Waylon Francis, Gaston Sauro (Lalas Abubakar 77'), Jonathan Mensah, Harrison Afful; Pedro Santos (Robinho 81'), Wil Trapp, Artur, Federico Higuain (Ricardo Clark 70'), Justin Meram (Hector Jimenez 65'); Gyasi Zardes (JJ Williams 84')

Chicago: GK - David Ousted; Diego Campos (Nicolas Hasler 74'), Marcelo, Johan Kappelhof, Raheem Edwards (Jorge Corrales 74'); Bastian Schweinsteiger (Fabian Herbers 46'), Dax McCarty; Aleksandar Katai (Brandt Bronico 55'), Djordje Mihailovic, Cristian Martinez; Nemanja Nikolic (Amando Moreno 74')