Chicago Fire Fall 2-0 To Columbus Crew

Grant Ward Makes MLS Debut As Depleted Fire Shutout For First Time In Eleven Matches

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Saturday, May 24, 2014) – The Chicago Fire (2-3-6, 12 points) fell 2-0 to the Columbus Crew (4-4-4, 16 points) Saturday evening at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Crew scored two first half goals and held on as the Fire were shut out for the first time this season.

The Men in Red return home to welcome the LA Galaxy, presented by Quaker, on Sunday, June 1 at 3 p.m. CT (My50/TWCSC Wisconsin/La Ley 107.9). Tickets for the match are available via Ticketmaster or www.Chicago-Fire.com.

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Notes:

  • This marked the first match of the season in which the Fire were shut out. The Men in Red entered the match as the only team to score in every game of the season.
  • Grant Ward, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, made his competitive debut for the Fire, entering the match in the 61st minute.
  • Five players missed the match due to injuries: Alex (hamstring), Mike Magee (calf), Patrick Nyarko (knee), Lovel Palmer (illness) and Bakary Soumare (calf).

Chicago Fire 0 – 2 Columbus Crew

Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Steven Kinney, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Greg Cochrane; Dilly Duka (Grant Ward 61’), Jeff Larentowicz ©, Benji Joya (Logan Pause 46’), Harry Shipp; Juan Luis Anangono, Quincy Amarikwa

Substitutes not used: Kyle Reynish; Chris Ritter, Gonzalo Segares; Victor Pineda, Matt Watson 

Columbus Crew: Steve Clark; Hector Jimenez, Tyson Wahl, Eric Gehrig, Chad Barson (Michael Parkhurst 87’); Ethan Finlay, Wil Trapp ©, Tony Tchani, Justin Meram (Josh Williams 74’); Federico Higuain; Jairo Arrieta (Dominic Oduro 67’)

Substitutes not used: Matt Lampson, Ben Speas, Daniel Paladini, Bernardo Anor

Scoring Summary

CLB – Ethan Finlay (Federico Higuain) 10’
CLB – Jairo Arrieta (Federico Higuain) 25’

Misconduct Summary

CLB – Federico Higuain (caution) 54’
CHI – Quincy Amarikwa (caution) 57’
CHI – Patrick Ianni (caution) 81’

Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistants: Gregory Barkey, Richard Garnache
Fourth Official: Edvin Jurisevic 
Attendance: 15,290