The game in 102 words: Columbus’ playoff hopes were coughed up in a fit that included a lead thrown away by an own goal and losing track of Fire striker Michael de Leeuw in his wheelhouse. Adam Jahn had given Columbus a lead when the Fire allowed an awful giveaway to turn into a two-man, 80-yard drive to goal, and provided late hope when he maneuvered to smash a good-looking goal with 10 minutes to play. The Crew will go from the MLS Cup Final to missing the playoffs under Gregg Berhalter, while Chicago has shown some signs of life ahead of another likely first overall SuperDraft pick.
Three moments that mattered
13′ — Awful Chicago organization burned — This, this, is taking advantage of bad, bad decisions.
The Chicago Fire dribbled into trouble and then went Keystone Cops at the back end of a Columbus Crew counterattack, allowing Adam Jahn to net a first-half road goal on Thursday.
Justin Meram dribbled up the center of the pitch after picking off a miserable pass, then played Jahn through on goal through a pack of Fire defenders. Jahn didn’t miss.
57′ — De Leeuw to the dirty places — Michael de Leeuw isn’t afraid to stick his nose into the six, and the Fire man continues to show us how to poach with authority. Arturo Alvarez with the assist.
80′ — Jahn to the rescue — What a hit. Ultimately just a nice film clip, but what a hit.
Arturo Alvarez and Justin Meram were going to be Men of the Match before this one. Nice brace, Adam.
Men of the match: Jahn
Goalscorers: Jahn (13′, 80′), Parkhurst o.g. (55′), De Leeuw (57′)