First, starting with the Black and Gold.
Columbus Crew SC Player Ratings
Steve Clark – 7.0
Clark recorded yet another clean sheet, the eighth of the season for the third-year Crew SC keeper. Although only making one save, Clark was involved in many back passes, and the starter of promising runs.
Harrison Afful – 8.5
Afful got the game started with a rocket of a shot in the eighth minute of play. A pass from Mohammed Saeid off of a corner kick found Afful just about 21 yards out, and to the top left of the penalty box. Afful took a touch and launched a shot that dipped back down, and past Fire keeper Sean Johnson. “The King” also helped the club notch a shutout.
Michael Parkhurst – 6.7
The captain wasn’t involved much, but when he was he made sure to be on point, playing a part in Crew SC holding the fire scoreless.
Gaston Sauro – 7.6
The Argentine defender was involved in numerous clearances, and blocks. Chicago pressured at the end, but it wasn’t enough to throw Sauro off of his game. Sauro came up big when he was able to clear the ball from danger with an ongoing Fire player right on his back.
Hector Jimenez – 7.3
The Crew SC left back was able to connect with forward Adam Jahn on certain occasions, giving him a little attacking bonus in his rating.
Nicolai Naess – 6.8
Since the return of Sauro at center back, head coach Gregg Berhalter has moved the Norwegian to a more defensive midfield position. It has worked wonders. Naess last night stood tall against the Fire, earning himself a clean sheet and defending bonus.
Mohammed Saeid – 8.0
Saeid was the playmaker. Getting two assists on the night, a solid 8.0 rating is worth it. Mainly quiet during games, Saeid wasn’t afraid to get involved in the act of play, when his attempt at a scissor kick went wide of the net.
Ethan Finlay – 7.1
It’s rare to not see Finlay’s name on the score sheet. Although he was restrained throughout the game, Ethan did have good runs but just could not convert.
Dilly Duka – 8.2
One goal and an assist for the midfielder. Duka hasn’t had much playing time since his return to the Black and Gold, but his performance last night sure made an impact. Duka filled in for the injured Federico Higuain.
Justin Meram – 8.5
Meram doubled Crew SC’s lead in the 50th minute when a pass from Duka found him inside of the penalty area. Meram cut inside and took a shot that passed Johnson. The Iraqi midfielder also had the fancy footwork and completed 86% of successful passes.
Adam Jahn – 6.8
The big man up top couldn’t find the back of the net. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t involved. Jahn did score in the first half, but it was called back due to being offside. As mentioned earlier, the connection between him and Jimenez was something not seen before.
Chicago Fire Player Ratings
Sean Johnson – 5.4
Johnson allowed three goals in their loss to Columbus. Although he made key saves, it wasn’t enough to put up a fight.
Johan Kappelhof – 7.1
Kappelhof was arguably the best player from Chicago in this match. Good passes, many duels won, and clearances gave the Dutchman a solid 7.1 rating.
Jonathan Campbell – 6.4
Being out of position multiple times during the match gave Campbell a 6.4 rating. The rookie was the victim of being on Duka when he scored the third goal. Campbell can redeem himself when Chicago plays at home to Crew SC in two weeks time.
Joao Meira – 6.9
Similar to Kappelhof, Meira did really well in staying within his position and defending solidly. Although Meira conceded goals, he was a great asset to the backline and contributed when needed to.
Brandon Vincent – 6.3
The left back couldn’t get the job done in the 3-0 loss. Vincent played a little too high and couldn’t backtrack in enough time when Crew SC countered.
John Goossens – 6.0
A default 6.0 rating for the defensive midfielder. Played high, but got shots off. Mistimed tackles, but attacked really well. It was 50-50 match for him.
Khaly Thiam – 6.5
Thiam was mediocre for the most part and seemed to be soft more than anything. Only winning one tackle, he was better in the air, winning four headers.
Luis Solignac – 5.9
Solignac was shut down last night. Since his arrival to Chicago, he’s had a few good games. This match was not his best, and he looks for redemption in the coming days.
Michael de Leeuw – 6.2
De Leeuw has been arguably one of the Fire’s best players since his arrival midseason. A great goal scorer and playmaker, Michael was unable to create the spark he’s been known for against Crew SC.
David Accam – 5.7
Chicago’s MVP did not have a good game, and he would say so himself. Not really much was done except completing 78% of successful passes. Accam looks to put on his best performance in their next match.
David Arshakyan – 5.8
The lone striker could not put his best foot forward. Looking to make an impact in the game, he was shut down by the dominant Crew SC backline.
Chicago and Columbus will play again to conclude their season series at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois on Thursday, October 13th.
Photo courtesy of Columbus Crew SC Communications.