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Saturday’s match marks the Crew’s fifth contest of May and just the second this month at Crew Stadium ... the team snapped a three-match losing streak last Saturday at Portland with a 3-3 draw ... the Black & Gold have a final road match of May at Toronto FC on May 31.
FINDING THE BACK OF THE NET
After being held scoreless for three matches to open the month, the Crew responded with a trio of tallies last Saturday in Portland ... it was the club’s second three-goal performance of the season ... the Black & Gold have secured points in both three-goal matches thus far in 2014 after a 3-0 win to open the year at D.C. United.
STARTING A NEW STREAK AGAINST THE FIRE
The Crew’s 3-0 win against Chicago when the two teams last met on September 2013 snapped a four-match losing streak against the Fire ... although Chicago has had the Crew’s number in six of the last eight overall regular-season meetings (6-2-0), the Black & Gold have been solid at home against their rivals, securing points in five of the last seven meetings at Crew Stadium (3-2-2) dating back to 2008 ... Chicago has been held to one goal or fewer in four of the last five meetings at Crew Stadium dating back to 2010.
LOTS OF ONE-GOAL GAMES CREW-FIRE TILTS OF LATE
Seven of the last eight regular-season meetings between the longtime rivals have resulted in one-goal matches, providing plenty of drama in regular-season play ... Chicago is 6-2-0 in the current span, with the Black & Gold securting a 2-1 win on May 26, 2012 at Crew Stadium and the lone multiple-goal margin, a 3-0 win when the teams last met on September 21, 2013 in Columbus.
Crew play-by-play man Neil Sika joins 95.5 The Game's Matt Finkes every Wednesday morning for "Sika the Truth" on The BIG Show.
The results are in: following the Crew's 3-3 draw away to Portland, national soccer writers have held the Black & Gold relatively steady in this week's Power Rankings. MLSSoccer.com is the most bullish on the Crew, ranking it 11th.
See the full rankings below, followed by last week's position on the charts:
MLSSoccer.com: 11 (12)
ESPNFC: 15 (14)
SI.com: 14 (13)
Matt Lampson teamed up with the Portland Timbers Saturday evening to help give 10-year-old Brooke a much needed break from her treatment for Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia.
Brooke and her family received tickets to Providence Park from the Timbers front office and then had the opportunity to take to the pitch for a post-match meet and greet with the Crew goalkeeper. Lampson was able to offer advice to Brooke, as well as talk about her love of soccer and the outdoors.
Looking to continue the Hero program that Lampson started during the 2013 season, the goalkeeper will be working with LLS to invite a child and their family to every home and away match during the 2014 season.
In addition to being voted MLS Player of the Week, Crew playmaker Federico Higuaín was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for his two-goal effort against the Portland Timbers. With six goals and three assists this season, it marks the fourth time in 2014 that Higuaín has earned a spot on the Team of the Week.
Playmaker Federico Higuaín is nominated yet again for MLSsoccer.com's AT&T Goal of the Week honor following his sensational chip of Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts on Saturday in the Crew's 3-3 draw at Portland. Also nominated this week are Seattle Sounders FC's winner from Obafemi Martins, Jermain Defoe's blast for Toronto FC, Vincent Nogueira's half-volley for the Phildelphia Union and New England Revlolution defender Chris Tierney's free kick.
Voting runs until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursdays.