Black & Gold face Chicago in the second of three regular-season meetings between the clubs this season
For Immediate Release: April 7, 2017
COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (3-1-1, 10 points) travels to Toyota Park to take on the Chicago Fire (1-1-2, 5 points) tomorrow, Saturday, April 8. The match kicks-off at 2:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on ABC-6, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess on the call. Coverage on ABC-6 begins at 2:00 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 1:30 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.
Crew SC and Chicago met in Opening Match, presented by MAPFRE Insurance, on March 4, 2017 in Columbus. Ethan Finlay put the Black & Gold ahead in the 17th minute (assisted by Justin Meram) but Chicago was able to draw level in the second half through a second-half goal by David Accam (assisted by John Goossens). Saturday’s match marks the 60th all-time regular-season meeting between the two Eastern Conference clubs. The Black & Gold currently hold an all-time regular-season record of 17-24-18 against Chicago. Crew SC has scored in each of its last three regular-season matches against the Men in Red.
Last Saturday, Crew SC hosted Orlando City SC at MAPFRE Stadium. Midfielder Justin Meram scored early in the first half (13’) through an assist by Artur to put the Black & Gold ahead. Meram then scored a 77th-minute goal (assisted by Federico Higuain) to make it 2-0 in favor of the hosts. The 2-0 win over the Lions was Crew SC’s third win and second shutout of the season. The club has now won three consecutive games dating back to a 2-0 win over D.C. at RFK Stadium on March 18, 2017.
Meram has now scored three goals this season, with all three goals coming in his last two matches. Last Saturday’s brace was the second of Meram’s career and first since 2014. Federico Higuain notched his second assist of the season and 37th regular-season assist for Crew SC in 128 appearances (123 starts). Goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded his second regular-season shut-out and third regular-season win for the Black & Gold.
Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire
Saturday, April 8 – 2:00 p.m. ET – Toyota Park (Bridgeview, IL)
Regional Television: ABC-6 (coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 1:30 p.m. ET)
Regional Television Channel Guide: http://bit.ly/2017CrewSCBroadcast
Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com
International Television: FOX Sports Latin America (Latin America), Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East, North Africa), BeIN Sports (Australia, Asia), FOX Sports Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa)
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