Simple enough: If the Fire are gonna maintain control over their own footing in this playoff race - if they're going to leave scoreboard watching to Houston and Philadelphia and New England, then they need three points tonight.
Now, at first blush it seems a simple enough ask. Chicago's already rung up three wins over the Crew this season; can a fourth be that much harder? Well, of course it can be. Look for Columbus to come out flying and try to stagger the Flre with energy and defensive pressure; Chicago would do well to keep its powder dry and wait for the inevitable opportunities to counter-punch.
As always, lineups and such here an hour before kickoff. Tonight's game will be broadcast locally in the Chicago area on My50 Chicago, with coverage in some areas also on TimeWarner Sports Wisconsin. La Ley 107.9 FM will, as always, have the call en español.