Ten Man Chicago Fire Fall 3-0 at Columbus Crew Saturday Night

First half ejection to Bakary Soumare sees short-handed Fire battle hard but fall to Crew

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013) – The Chicago Fire (11-12-6, 39 points) fell 3-0 at the Columbus Crew (11-14-5; 38 points) Saturday night at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Despite early dominance, it was the home side took the lead through Dominic Oduro in the 15th minute. The Fire were dealt an additional blow in the 29th minute as defender Bakary Soumare was shown a red card for a tackle on Crew forward Jairo Arrieta. Down a man, the visitors didn’t relent and nearly equalized through Juan Luis Anangono’s header off the cross bar in the 37th minute.
 
The Fire continued to look for an equalizer in the second half only to see a Federico Higuain penalty kick make it 2-0 in the 70th minute before Bernardo Anor made it 3-0 six minutes later. The visitors continued to attack and came close once again when Chris Rolfe’s deflected shot came off the post in the 79th but in the end couldn’t convert after playing down a man for 61 minutes.
 
The Fire reserves take on the Columbus Crew Sunday, Sept. 22 at 9:00am CT at Obetz Training Facility while the first team returns return to action when they welcome the Montreal Impact to Toyota Park on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30pm CT (My50/La Ley 107.9 FM).
 
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Notes:
-       The 3-0 defeat snaps the Fire’s five match winning streak against the Crew across all competitions.
-       Despite the loss, the Fire maintain a 24-13-13 all-time MLS regular season record against Columbus.
-       Bakary Soumare’s 29th minute red card means he’ll miss next Saturday’s match vs. Montreal.
-       With his substitute appearance, Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko tied Ante Razov for 10th on the club’s all-time MLS regular season appearance list with 155 games played.
Chicago Fire 0 – 3 Columbus Crew
 
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Bakary Soumare, Gonzalo Segares (Joel Lindpere 80’); Alex (Patrick Nyarko 59’), Jeff Larentowicz ©, Arevalo Rios, Dilly Duka (Chris Rolfe 70’); Mike Magee, Juan Luis Anangono
 
Substitutes not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Hunter Jumper, Wells Thompson, Logan Pause
 
Columbus Crew: Matt Lampson; Chad Marshall, Tyson Wahl, Chad Barson, Agustin Viana; Dominic Oduro (Justin Meram 84’), Will Trapp, Tony Tchani, Bernardo Anor (Ben Speas 89’); Federico Higuain ©, Jairo Arrieta (Ryan Finley 79’)
 
Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver, Eric Gehrig, Kevan George, Ethan Finlay
 
Scoring Summary
CLB  - Dominic Oduro (Jairo Arrieta) 15’
CLB – Federico Higuain (penalty kick) 70’
CLB – Bernardo Anor (Tony Tchani) 76’

Misconduct Summary
CHI – Bakary Soumare (ejection, Foul) 29’
CLB – Chad Marshall (caution, Foul) 38’
CLB – Jairo Arrieta (caution, Foul) 76’
 
Referee: Juan Guzman
Assistants: Baboucarr Jallow, Kevin Klinger
Fourth Official: Daniel Fitzgerald
Attendance: 19,010