BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (Aug. 23, 2018) – The Chicago Fire (6-15-6, 24 pts.) and Columbus Crew SC (11-8-7, 40 pts.) traded a pair of second half goals in a 1-1 draw on Thursday evening at Toyota Park.
Nemanja Nikolic opened scoring for the Men in Red in the 67th minute when he latched onto an errant Crew SC pass and tucked his right-footed shot inside the post for his team-leading 12th goal of the season.
Columbus’ Niko Hansen equalized for the visitors in the 87th minute,finishing a deflection to level the score at 1-1.
The Fire next travel to face reigning German Bundesliga champions FC Bayern Munich in a testimonial match for Bastian Schweinsteiger on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m. CT at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. The match will be available to U.S. audiences via live stream on FloSports.
Chicago Fire 1:1 Columbus Crew SC
Aug. 23, 2018 – Toyota Park
CHI – Nemanja Nikolic (unassisted) 67’
CLB – Niko Hansen (unassisted) 87’
CHI – Michael de Leeuw (caution) 55’
CLB – Federico Higuain (caution) 65’
CHI – Aleksandar Katai (caution) 69’
CHI – Bastian Schweinsteiger (caution) 90+1’
Chicago Fire: Stefan Cleveland; Johan Kappelhof, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brandon Vincent; Nicolas Hasler, Dax McCarty ©, Brandt Bronico (Alan Gordon 90+3’), Raheem Edwards; Djordje Mihailovic (Mo Adams 66’), Nemanja Nikolic, Michael de Leeuw (Aleksandar Katai 60’)
Subs not used: Richard Sanchez, Christian Dean, Drew Conner, Daniel Johnson
Shots: 11; Shots On-Goal: 3 Fouls: 10; Saves: 5; Offsides: 3; Corners: 2
Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen, Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Gaston Sauro (Patrick Mullins 81’), Milton Valenzuela, Ricardo Clark (Niko Hansen 57’), Wil Trapp ©, Pedro Santos, Artur, Justin Meram (Federico Higuain 57’), Gyasi Zardes
Subs not used: Jon Kempin, Jonathan Mensah, Mike Grella, Hector Jimenez
Shots: 12; Shots On-Goal: 6; Fouls: 7; Saves: 2; Offsides:1; Corners: 4