Scouting report: Chicago Fire host Columbus Crew

Updated 4/6/2018 5:55 PM

Columbus Crew at Chicago Fire at Toyota Park, 7:30 p.m.


Scouting Columbus Crew: The Crew (3-1-1, 10 points) is off to a great start in what could be its final season in Columbus. Zack Steffen could be the next great U.S. goalkeeper, and center midfielder Wil Trapp has earned national team playing time also. Gyasi Zardes looks rejuvenated in Columbus, scoring 4 goals.

Scouting the Fire: The Fire (0-2-1, 1 point) is struggling to start this season, but having earned its first point last week, it will try to use home-field advantage to earn its first victory. Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger switched to sweeper midgame last week to shore up an underwhelming defense and could do so again this week. New midfielder Aleksandar Katai already has a goal this season, but he was removed from last week's game as a tactical decision. Forward Nemanja Nikolic has been a bright spot with 3 goals already.

Next: vs. Los Angeles Galaxy at Toyota Park, April 14, 2:30 p.m.

-- Orrin Schwarz

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