First half goals from Eddie Gaven and Emilio Renteria proved to be just enough for a resurgent looking Columbus Crew to defeat Chicago Fire 2-1 in front of a holiday weekend crowd of just over 16,000 fans inside Crew Stadium on Saturday night.
Eddie Gaven opened the scoring early on with a 9th minute shot that crept into the corner of Fire `keeper Sean Johnson and silenced the traveling contingent of Fire fans who took over most of the stadium’s south section
Just before half time, Renteria, who looked a menace every time he touched the ball, made it 2-0 after out-muscling the Chicago defense and slotting the ball past Johnson.
Despite looking like the stronger, more confident team for the majority of the match a third goal never arrived for the Crew and a late goal from Chicago’s Austin Berry made for a tense final 20 minutes of the game .
Thankfully, for Crew fans, Columbus showed more of the impressive work rate and team work we’ve seen over the past few games to hold on for the win and move even on points with Chicago in the Eastern Conference.
The Crew will be back at Crew Stadium on May 29 in the forth round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup game against the Dayton Dutch Lions.