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PREVIEW | Crew looking to capitalize on recent success vs. Chicago

Columbus is unbeaten in seven straight matches against Chicago Fire FC, including a 2-0 win back on June 19, as the Black & Gold look to emerge from a three-match slump with a victory at Soldier Field come Sunday evening (6:00 p.m. ET, Bally Sports Ohio, 97.1 FM The Fan).

Gyasi Zardes scored both goals in the Crew's last win over Chicago earlier this summer in what was the final match at Historic Crew Stadium. Zardes' four goals ranks second on the team, only behind Lucas Zelarayan's six.

As for Chicago's recent scoring, Luka Stojanovic scored twice in the first eight minutes for the Fire in their win over the Red Bulls on Saturday. It was the fastest any player has scored two goals from kickoff of an MLS match since Cristian Penilla scored twice in seven minutes for the Revs against Toronto in May 2018.

While Columbus looks for its second consecutive victory over Chicago for the first time since July 2015, the Fire have lost only one of their last seven home matches (W3 D3) after losing three of their previous four matches at Soldier Field (W1). Chicago has scored multiple goals in five of the seven home matches in this current run after scoring once total in the previous four.

Kickoff on Sunday is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.

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