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MLS Snapshot: Columbus Crew 2-2 Chicago Fire

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One game in 100 words: Calling this match a tale of two halves is fair by purely looking at the scoreboard. Two goals for the Crew in the first half. Two goals for the Fire in the second half. The resilience of Chicago was apparent when they came out in the last 45 minutes and looked determined to convert two consecutive scores, especially in the waning stoppage time minutes as Frank Yallop’s side absolutely dominated possession (nearly at 77 percent). Columbus is now two points behind the New York Red Bulls, the Eastern Conference’s third-place squad. At sixth place in the East, the Fire are situated one point above Toronto FC.

 

Goals

Columbus: Kei Kamara 8′, 55′

Chicago: David Accam 58′, Jason Johnson 90’+4′

 

Three moments that mattered

55’ — Kamara’s second for considerable 2-0 lead — Federico Higuain calmly set up this goal from a corner kick, curling his ball to the near post for Kevan George to leap and meet with his head. It wasn’t George who would convert it; his header skidded across the face of goal directly to Kei Kamara on the edge of the six-yard box. A simple headed finish capped the former Sporting KC man’s second goal of the match.

58’ — Accam capitalizes on deflection — Call it luck, but the Fire began to show some bite on the attacking end and were awarded for their endeavors with this goal. Forward Kennedy Igboananike trotted forward on his own through the Crew defense before reaching the end line and attempting to hit a clean cross toward frame. His effort deflected off the foot of defender Michael Parkhurst and looped over Emanuel Pogatetz, right to the head of David Accam for the close-range goal.

90’+4’ — Gehrig to Johnson levels it late — Fire defender Eric Gehrig sat just outside the box with space and time to aim his cross perfectly for substitute midfielder Jason Johnson. The Jamacian was far back in the penalty area, but he wound up and applied power to his header, which took one bounce and slipped past goalie Steve Clark for the late-gasp equalizer.

 

Lineups

Columbus: Kei Kamara (Aaron Schoenfeld 90’+1′); Steve Clark; Chris Klute, Michael Parkhurst, Emanuel Pogatetz, Waylon Francis; Tony Tchani, Kevan George, Ethan Finlay (Kristinn Steindórsson 75′), Federico Higuain (Ben Speas 87′), Justin Meram

Chicago: Kennedy Igboananike (Guly 83′); Jon Busch, Eric Gehrig, Jeff Larentowicz, Adailton, Joevin Jones, Razvan Cocis (Quincy Amarikwa 71′), Matt Polster, Harrison Shipp (Jason Johnson 67’), Shaun Maloney, David Accam

MLS Snapshot: San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Chicago Fire

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One game in 118 words: The first game in Avaya Stadium history might’ve been the most entertaining MLS match of the weekend… at least for a solid 45 minutes. Three goals in the match’s first half-hour set the tone, as the Quakes built a 2-1 lead. San Jose keeper David Bingham made some nice saves, including a 32nd minute stop on Eric Gehrig’s powerful header off a corner kick. David Accam came on to make his Fire debut at halftime, and fellow DP Kennedy Igboananike followed, but the second half was a stagnant display without much to offer the neutral fan until the very last gasps. The home fans got a victorious stadium debut, which was nice for them, and Chicago has its first 0-3 start in franchise history.

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Goals

San Jose Earthquakes: Alashe (5′), Harden (21′)

Chicago Fire: Shipp (29′)

Three moments that mattered

5’ — Fatai at Avaya — First-round SuperDraft pick Fatai Alashe scored the first goal in Avaya Stadium history, and it came from less than a yard in front of the line. A San Jose corner was flicked around a few times before Alashe headed past mark Lovel Palmer.

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21′ — Can’t Harden Wait — Seven years after his MLS debut, Ty Harden poked in a rebound to give San Jose a two-goal lead with his first goal. It came off a free kick, and neither Sean Johnson nor his Fire defender teammates will not enjoy the replays.

29′ – Harry halves the hole – Joevin Jones slipped a neat through ball for Harrison Shipp, and the Homegrown Player from Notre Dame darted past Alashe to hit it home.

LINEUPS

San Jose: Bingham, Wynne, Goodson, Harden, Francis, Alashe, Koval, Perez Garcia (Jahn, 83′), Nyassi (Cato, 87′), Wondolowski, Emeghara (Salinas, 76′).

Chicago: Johnson; Gehrig, Larentowicz, Adailton, Palmer; Polster, Shipp, Stephens (Igboananike, 67′), Maloney, Jones (Accam, 46′); Amarikwa (Guly, 74′)

Crew see second player fall to ACL tear

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Having already watched midfield staple Eddie Gaven agonizingly drop with an torn anterior cruciate ligament just two weeks ago, the club will have to deal with another of the season-ending injuries.

The U.S. Open Cup claimed Glauber’s left knee as well, when the central defender went down in the 6th minute of their loss to the Chicago Fire.

An MRI Friday confirmed the ACL tear. Team doctor Dr. Pete Edwards said there was no damage to any other ligaments or knee structure.  He will have surgery in two weeks.

The Brazilian, just acquired in January, made 15 appearances for Columbus before the injury.  He was third on the team in minutes played during MLS matches with 1,169.

It will now be up to Eric Gehrig and Chad Marshall to hold down the central defense. Chad Barson and Josh Williams could also possibly move over from the left and right respectively to help in the middle.  Unfortunately, both Williams and Marshall are questionable Saturday’s match with Montreal.  If neither play, it would mean all four opening day defenders would be out of action.