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Kamara, Meram, Manneh score goals to lead Crew SC to 3-1 win over Chicago Fire

MATCH RECAP: COLUMBUS CREW SC 3, CHICAGO FIRE 1

Black & Gold reach 1,000 goals all-time in regular-season action;
Ola Kamara scores 12th goal of the 2017 MLS season, while
Justin Meram scores 10th goal of the 2017 MLS season;
Kekuta Manneh scores his 25th MLS career goal



Columbus Crew SC 3 – Chicago Fire 1
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Saturday, August 12, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY
CHI – Michael de Leeuw (Dax McCarty) 13’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2vQv25z]

CLB – Kekuta Mannah (Unassisted) 18’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2wELLGm]

CLB – Justin Meram (Waylon Francis, Wil Trapp) 73’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2hUU5OS]

CLB – Ola Kamara (Penalty Kick) 87’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2vtEnzf]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (11-12-2, 35 points):
Columbus Crew SC at Orlando City SC (Orlando City Stadium – Orlando, FL)

Saturday, August 19 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2uQMX7C

TEAM STATISTICS: http://bit.ly/2w1Ay54


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
http://bit.ly/2vQ7RYX

HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE: http://bit.ly/2uCa6eC

AUDIO FROM DEFENDER WAYLON FRANCIS: http://bit.ly/2uCa6eC

AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER JUSTIN MERAM: http://bit.ly/2uCa6eC

AUDIO FROM FORWARD KEKUTA MANNEH: http://bit.ly/2uCa6eC



TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)

Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistants: Corey Parker, Kevin Klinger
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi
VAR: Hilario Grajeda
Attendance: 18,690
Weather: 76 degrees and clear

 

GOALS/ASSISTS

CHI – Michael de Leeuw (Dax McCarty) 13’

CLB – Kekuta Manneh (Unassisted) 18’

CLB – Justin Meram (Waylon Francis, Wil Trapp) 73’

CLB – Ola Kamara (Penalty Kick) 88’


DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

CHI – Joao Meira (caution) 26’

CLB – Justin Meram (caution) 59’

CLB – Jonathan Mensah (caution) 67’

CHI – Matt Polster (caution) 73’

CHI – Matt Lampson (caution) 89’


LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Jonathan Mensah, Josh Williams, Lalas Abubakar; Harrison Afful (Hector Jimenez 45’), Artur, Wil Trapp ©, Waylon Francis; Kekuta Manneh (Cristian Martinez 65’), Justin Meram (Adam Jahn 90’); Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver; Nicolai Naess, Jukka Raitala, Mohammed Abu

Chicago Fire: Matt Lampson; Matt Polster, Johan Kappelhof, Joao Meira, Patrick Doody; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dax McCarty ©; David Accam (Jonathan Campbell 90’), Michael de Leeuw, Luis Solignac (Arturo Alvarez 60’); Nemanja Nikolic


Substitutes not used:
Stefan Cleveland; Djordje Mihailovic, Drew Conner, Christian Dean, Juninho

TEAM NOTES

Justin Meram tallied his 10th goal of the 2017 MLS regular season in tonight’s match against the Chicago Fire. Meram scored Crew SC’s game-winning goal in the 73rd minute and was assisted by Waylon Francis and Wil Trapp.  Additionally, this was Meram’s fifth game-winning strike of the 2017 MLS regular season. This year, Meram has made 25 regular-season appearances (24 starts) while registering 10 goals and seven assists. Since joining Crew SC in 2011, Meram has made 179 regular-season appearances (126 starts) while scoring 33 goals and notching 32 assists. In 2017, Crew SC is undefeated with a record of 7-0-0 in regular-season matches in which Meram has scored a goal.

Forward Ola Kamara made his 50th regular-season appearance (44th start) for Crew SC in tonight’s match against the Chicago Fire, scoring in the 89th minute. With his appearance, Kamara is now one of only eight players on the current Black & Gold roster to have achieved this 50-appearance feat while with the club, joining Harrison Afful (54 appearances, 53 starts), Waylon Francis (80 appearances, 72 starts), Federico Higuain (141 appearances, 136 starts), Hector Jimenez (83 appearances, 53 starts), Justin Meram (178 appearances, 125 starts), Wil Trapp (117 appearances, 114 starts) and Josh Williams (83 appearances, 74 starts).

Ola Kamara scored Crew SC’s third goal in tonight’s match against the Chicago Fire. Kamara’s goal came in the 88th minute, as he converted a penalty kick to score his 28th regular-season goal for Crew SC since joining the club on February of 2016. This season, Kamara has made 25 regular-season appearances (24 starts) and is currently the leading scorer for the Black & Gold in the 2017 MLS regular season with 12 goals, ahead of Justin Meram (10 goals) and Federico Higuain (nine goals).

Forward Kekuta Manneh tallied his third goal of the 2017 MLS season in tonight’s match against the Chicago Fire. Manneh scored in the 18th minute to bring the Black & Gold level with the Fire. This was Manneh’s 25th career goal in MLS regular-season action and his third goal for Crew SC since joining the club on March of this year. Through 114 regular-season appearances (70 starts) in MLS, Manneh has registered 25 goals and 13 assists.
Defender Waylon Francis recorded his first regular-season assist of 2017 in tonight’s match against the Chicago Fire. Francis provided the pass that led to Justin Meram’s 73rd-minute, game-winning goal after receiving a pass from Wil Trapp. In 2017, Francis has made 10 regular-season appearances (eight starts), recording one assist. Since joining the Black & Gold in November of 2013, Francis has made 81 regular-season appearances (73 starts), recording 17 assists for Crew SC.

Midfielder Wil Trapp registered his fourth assist of 2017 in regular-season action, tying his career best which he achieved during the 2014 MLS regular season. Trapp provided an assist on Justin Meram’s game-winning goal in the 73rd minute. This year, Trapp has made 24 appearances (all starts) for the Black & Gold, providing four assists.

Defender Josh Williams made his 75th start (84th appearance) for Crew SC in tonight’s match against the Chicago Fire. Williams played the entire 90 minutes, completing 37 passes and making one tackle. In 2017, Williams has made 13 regular-season appearances (10 starts).

In tonight’s match against the Chicago Fire, Crew SC reached its 1,000th MLS regular-season goal dating back to the beginning of the 1996 MLS season. The Black & Gold’s 1,000th goal was scored by Justin Meram in the 73rd minute. With the goal, Crew SC becomes one of only five teams to have scored 1,000 goals or more in regular-season action since 1996, joining the LA Galaxy, D.C. United, the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas.

Tonight’s match was Crew SC’s 61st regular-season all-time match against the Chicago Fire. With the win, the Black & Gold bring their regular-season record against the Fire at MAPFRE Stadium to 12-10-8. Additionally, in all-time regular-season matches, Columbus has scored 55 goals against Chicago at home, while only allowing 39.

With the win in tonight’s match, Crew SC brings its home record to 8-3-1 at MAPFRE Stadium. Next up, Crew SC travels to take on Orlando City SC for the second of three regular-season matches against the Lions in 2017, this time at Orlando City SC Stadium on Saturday, August 19 (7:30 p.m. ET / (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS