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Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire | 2019 Preseason Match Preview

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2019 MLS Preseason presented by Advocare
Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire
MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, S.C.
Saturday, Feb. 16 — 5 PM ET
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The Carolina Challenge Cup will feature a longstanding midwestern rivalry, as Columbus Crew SC and the Chicago Fire will square off in South Carolina as part of Preseason presented by Advocare.

Columbus Crew SC

After a swing through California, Crew SC returned for a short time to Ohio, amid flurries and frigid temperatures. Their last result, a 4-2 win over LAFC last week, was a positive step in a work-in-progress, according to head coach Caleb Porter.

Chicago Fire

The Fire also had a short stint at home, but also embarked to a warmer clime for the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Midfielder Cristian Martinez, moving from Columbus to Chicago this offseason, admitted that the acclimation process as a young player from abroad was at times difficult.

“It was a lot of hard work and sacrifice,” he said to the Fire's website of his time in Columbus. “I arrived alone and had to adapt to a lot of things. Soccer is very different here and day by day I had to adapt to grow as a person and a player.”

“I have never been in this situation,” he said. “I’m anxious to do well against my previous team.”

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Season Stats

Columbus Crew SCChicago Fire
0Games Played1
Wins0
Losses1
Draws0
Goals0
Goals Conceded4
Shots8
Shots on Target6
Fouls committed2
Fouls suffered2
Offside2
Corners0
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