Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew SC | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 20
Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew SC
SeatGeek Stadium - Bridgeview
July 17- 8:00 PM ET


The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew SC look to end losing streaks when the struggling Eastern Conference foes meet at SeatGeek Stadium Wednesday night.

The Fire (5-9-7) are coming off back-to-back defeats, including a 2-1 loss to FC Cincinnati at home Saturday. Chicago trailed 45 seconds after kickoff when Allan Cruz scored the quickest goal in FC Cincinnati history. Nico Gaitan leveled in first-half stoppage time on the rebound of his own saved penalty kick. But Fanendo Adi scored the decisive goal for the visitors in the 83rd minute. 

The Crew (5-14-2) have lost five straight games and have just one win in their last 15 games after a 1-0 defeat at Orlando Saturday at Exploria Stadium. Gyasi Zardes put a shot off the crossbar in the first half and missed an open header after Benji Michel put the Lions in front with his first MLS goal in the 84th minute. 

Chicago vs. Columbus

Wednesday, July 17 at 8:00 pm ET
SeatGeek Stadium


Chicago Fire

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: None
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Mo Adams(M), Jorge Corrales (D)
  • International duty:  None

Columbus Crew SC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Federico Higuain (M) - right knee injury
    • OUT: Milton Valenzuela (D) - right knee injury
    • OUT: Gaston Sauro (D) - left thigh injury
    • OUT: Josh Williams (D) - concussion
    • QUESTIONABLE: David Guzman (M) - right knee injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Jonathan Mensah (D) - right knee injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: David Guzman (M)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Fire

  • Fire: 16 wins, 49 goals
  • Crew SC: 6 wins, 37 goals
  • 11 draws


  • Referee: Armando Villarreal
  • Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel, Jose J. Da Silva
  • 4th Official: Lorant Varga
  • VAR: Tim Ford