Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistants: Danny Thornberry, Kevin Klinger
Fourth Official: Mark Kadlecik
Weather: 35 degrees and partly cloudy
CLB – Ethan Finlay (Justin Meram) 17’
CHI – David Accam (John Goossens) 71’
CLB – Federico Higuain (caution) 41’
CHI – John Goossens (caution) 81’
Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Nico Naess, Jonathan Mensah, Jukka Raitala; Mohammed Abu (Artur 76’), Wil Trapp ©; Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram; Ola Kamara (Adam Jahn 69’)
Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver, Alex Crognale, Hector Jimenez, Connor Maloney, Niko Hansen
Chicago Fire: Jorge Bava; Michael Harrington, Johan Kappelhof, Joao Meira, Brandon Vincent; Arturo Alvarez (Luis Solignac 74’), Dax McCarty, John Goossens (Drew Conner 90+5’), David Accam; Nemanja Nikolic (David Arkashyan 90+2’), Michael de Leeuw ©
Substitutes not used: Matt Lampson, Brandt Bronico, Jonathan Campbell, Patrick Doody
- Goalkeeper Zack Steffen made his regular-season debut for the club today .... Steffen signed with Columbus Crew SC as a Discovery Signing on July 22, 2016.
- In addition to Zack Steffen’s debut, four other players made their Crew SC and MLS debuts today, including starts by defender Jukka Raitala, defender Jonathan Mensah and midfielder Mohammed Abu as well as a substitute appearance for midfielder Artur.
- Midfielder Wil Trapp made his first appearance for the Black & Gold since being named team captain and his 94th regular-season appearance overall (91st start).
- Midfielder Ethan Finlay scored his 30th career goal and made his 132nd regular-season appearance (89th start).
- Midfielder Justin Meram provided his 27th career assist and made his 155th regular-season appearance for the club (103rd start).
Crew SC next plays on Saturday, March 11 when it travels to BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas to take on the Houston Dynamo (8:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).