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By The Numbers pres. by Ohio Business Machines | Crew faces rival Chicago Fire on Wednesday

Following a difficult loss this past weekend, the Columbus Crew is looking to regroup Wednesday night when the Black & Gold host rivals Chicago Fire FC at Field for Latino Celebration Night.

Three Things To Know

5 – Saturday night was a setback for the Crew, as the side saw its two-goal lead become a 4-3 defeat at Orlando City SC. But head coach Wilfried Nancy said there’s no time to dwell on the past – especially with the midweek match. So, here’s where things stand in the Eastern Conference: The Black & Gold remain fifth with 45 points from 28 games. With six games left in the regular season, they’re now level with sixth-place Atlanta United FC, but ahead based on the tiebreaker (wins). Those teams will meet in Georgia on Oct. 7, but so much can happen between now and then. Between now and Sunday, there’s a chance to accumulate six points – and earn some bragging rights. Just as Nancy said, the focus shouldn’t be in the pass, neither should it be in the future. In the present is an opportunity to beat a rival.

50 – New Designated Player Diego Rossi notched his 50th career MLS goal on Saturday night when he was able to slide a shot past Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese. Rossi also had an assist in the game, and he has two goals and two assists through five MLS appearances this season. “He’s been great for us,” Nancy said of Rossi. “He knows that he has to catch up also on the rhythm. He also has to catch up and be more consistent, and this is normal because this is only seven weeks for him, I think, during the preseason and where he is now. We have to be patient with him. … This is a good start for him, and he’s going to be able to do more. This is the objective.”

10 – The Chicago Fire sits 10th in the table and two points adrift of a postseason play-in game. Similarly, to Columbus, the Fire played on the road this past weekend, earning a point at CF Montréal. The visitors enter Field desperate for a win, however. Their last one was July 27 in Leagues Cup. Their last league win, though, was July 12 against Montréal. Chicago hasn’t won an MLS road match since June 24 at Sporting Kansas City. 

When They Last Met

You mean, we have to mention that goal again??? On June 10, Lucas Zelarayán … in stoppage time … scored from behind the midfield stripe to give the Crew a 2-1 win over Chicago at Soldier Field.

The last meeting at Field was a 0-0 stalemate on Sept. 3, 2022.  

Match Overview

Who: Columbus Crew hosts Chicago Fire FC

When: Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Field

How to Listen: 97.1 HD3/The Fan Stream, La Mega 103.1 FM

Current Standings: Columbus Crew – fifth in Eastern Conference; Chicago Fire FC – 10th in Eastern Conference

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