Chicago Fire 1, Columbus Crew SC 0 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
The Chicago Fire tallied a first win for the 2018 season, getting a first-half goal from 2017 Golden Boot winner Nemanja Nikolic and a second-half MVP performance from its woodwork to outlast the Columbus Crew SC, 1-0, on Saturday night in Bridgeview.
Nikolic took advantage of a rare Zack Steffen miscue for the match's only goal. Steffen's attempted distribution out of goal to Wil Trapp was too weak, allowing Nikolic to pounce on the ball and coolly slot it into the net for his fourth goal in as many matches this season.
Though the second half was dominated by the Crew SC, they couldn't capture the equalizer they needed. An apparent Niko Hansen goal was ruled offside, Gyasi Zardes clanged a sure goal off the crossbar in the 72nd minute, and Mohammed Abu hit the post 6 minutes later to add to the Crew SC's chances.