CHICAGO FIRE VS COLUMBUS CREW 6-23-12 PRE-GAME REPORT
The Fire are looking for a turn around of sorts after finishing the month of May with two straight losses and starting the month of June with a 1-1 record. The Fire won their last game against New York last week 3-1. Patrick Nyarko, Gonzalo Segares, and Chris Rolfe scored the Fire’s goals in that victory. The Fire began the month of June with a 2-0 loss in New England. It was the only the second time the Fire were shutout this season, although there have been times where goals have been difficult to come by. Tonight the Fire play host to the Columbus Crew, a team they lost to in Columbus back on May 26th.
The Fire are not only looking for payback but they are also looking to get back on track. They are still fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 6 wins, 5 losses, and 3 draws for 21 points. Columbus is two spots below them with a record of 5 wins, 4 losses, and 4 draws for 19 points. Despite going 1-3 in their last four games, the Fire have had some consistency in that span. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson has only given up 5 goals while making 12 saves. He has been a major core for this Fire team. The scoring seems to come randomly for this squad, sometimes they are only able to muster just one goal per game.
So if the Fire are going to get back into the win column tonight they will need some consistent play on the offensive side of the ball. Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
Also four Fire players come into tonight’s game with yellow cards:
#15 Forward Orr Barouch
#3 Defender Dan Gargan
#8 Forward Dominic Oduro
#13 Defender Gonzalo Segares
Should any of these players pick up a yellow card in tonight’s game, they will be automatically suspended for the next game and face possible ejection from tonight’s game. You can follow me during the game on Twitter: @GabeSalgado82 Or using the following hashtags: #Q101Sports #CHIvCLB #cf97
I will post a video right here on Q101.com at halftime, enjoy the game. Also, on Friday July 6th come out to the Buffalo Wild Wings in Bolingbrook and cheer me on as I participate in the 2012 Score Search contest: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012-score-search/