Group CLB

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (April 8, 2017) The Chicago Fire earned their second shutout of the season in a 1-0 win against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday at Toyota Park.

Nemanja Nikolic provided the lone goal while Jorge Bava picked up his second clean sheet in a Fire uniform. The result upped Chicago’s home record to 2-0-1 this season.

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The Fire unlocked Columbus’ defense 22 minutes into the match. Dax McCarty played an incisive through ball that found Nikolic free on the run. The Hungarian striker finished with a powerful left-footed shot for his second goal of the season.

Bastian Schweinsteiger nearly doubled the Fire’s lead midway through the second half. After Drew Conner won a free kick 20 yards away from goal at the top of the box, Schweinsteiger sent a curling shot to the upper-right corner. However, Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen parried the shot away with a diving effort.

Bava made three saves to earn the shutout.

Postmatch Reactions | Paunovic | McCarty | de Leeuw | Nikolic

The Men in Red close their three-game homestand against the New England Revolution on Saturday, April 15 at Toyota Park. Kickoff is 4 p.m. CT on CSN Chicago Plus.

MLS Regular Season
Chicago Fire (2-1-2, 8 pts.) 1:0 Columbus Crew SC (3-2-1, 10 pts.)
April 8, 2017 – Toyota Park
Attendance: 16,434

Scoring Summary:
CHI – Nemanja Nikolic (Dax McCarty) 22

Misconduct Summary:
CLB – Alex Corgnale (caution) 84
CHI – Dax McCarty (caution) 86

Chicago Fire: Jorge Bava, Johan Kappelhof, Jonathan Campbell (Drew Conner 55), Joao Meira, Michael Harrington, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dax McCarty ©, Brandon Vincent, Michael de Leeuw, Nemanja Nikolic, David Accam (Daniel Jonson 73).   

Shots: 11; Shots On-Goal: 6; Saves: 3; Fouls: 8; Corners: 4; Offsides: 2

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen, Jukka Raitala (Waylon Francis 73), Nicolai Naess, Alex Crognale, Hector Jimenez, Wil Trapp ©, Mohammed Abu (Niko Hansen 60), Ethan Finlay (Adam Jahn 79), Artur, Justin Meram, Ola Kamara.

Shots: 12; Shots On-Goal: 3; Saves: 4; Fouls: 12; Corners: 5; Offsides: 1