Match Recap

Chicago Fire Rally to 1-1 Road Draw Against Columbus Crew SC in 2017 Opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 4, 2017) David Accam scored midway through the second half to rally the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 draw against Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday.
Columbus opened the scoreline in the 17th minute with a header from Ethan Finlay. Justin Meram provided the service, and Finlay nodded his shot into the net from close range.
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Accam leveled in the 73rd minute with some nifty footwork in Columbus’ box. John Goossens slid a pass on the ground to Accam in the area, and the Ghanaian speedster created space with a cut back to his right foot with a Crew SC defender on his back. Accam fired with his right foot, curling a low shot inside the far post.
Nemanja Nikolic and Jorge Bava made their first career MLS and Fire starts. Additionally, Homegrown Player Drew Conner made his regular season professional debut with a stoppage-time substitution.
The Men in Red return to action for their 2017 home opener against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, March 11 at Toyota Park. Kickoff is 1 p.m. CT on CSN Chicago.
MLS Regular Season
Chicago Fire (0-0-1, 1 pt.) 1:1 Columbus Crew SC (0-0-1, 1 pt.)
March 4, 2017 – MAPFRE Stadium
Attendance: 15,023
Scoring Summary:
CLB – Ethan Finlay (Justin Meram) 17
CHI – David Accam (John Goossens) 73
Misconduct Summary:
CLB – Mohammed Abu (caution) 41
CHI – John Goossens (caution) 81
Chicago Fire: Jorge Bava, Michael Harrington, Johan Kappelhof, Joao Meira, Brandon Vincent, Dax McCarty, John Goossens (Drew Conner 90+6), Arturo Alvarez (Luis Solignac 74), Michael de Leeuw ©, David Accam, Nemanja Nikolic (David Arshakyan 90+3).
Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen, Harrison Afful, Nicolai Naess, Jonathan Mensah, Jukka Raitala, Mohammed Abu (Artur 76), Wil Trapp ©, Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram, Ola Kamara (Adam Jahn 70).