Dominic Oduro opened the Columbus Crew scoring early against his former club as the Chicago Fire fell 3-0 to the Crew on Saturday night at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Oduro scored in the 15th minute when he scorched a shot from the right side pass Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Fire defender Bakary Soumare was ejected in the 29th minute for a challenge on Jario Arrieta, taking out Arrieta’s feet outside the box.
With 10 Fire players the Crew nearly converted on Federico Higuain’s corner kick in the 31st minute but Johnson held the Crew lead 1-0.
The Fire almost tied it before half when Mike Magee’s free kick found Juan Luis Anongono, whose header bounced off the crossbar.
In the 70th minute, another foul on Arrieta extended the Crew lead to 2-0. Arrieta received a feed from Tony Tchani, and was taken down in the box, resulting in a penalty kick for his tenth goal of the MLS season.
Six minutes later Tchani found Bernardo Anor for the Crew’s third goal.
The 3-0 win gave the Crew (11-14-5) their second straight victory and the Fire (11-12-6) fell to 2-3-2 in their past seven matches.
The Fire stand at 39 points but fall from the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference to a tie for sixth with the Philadelphia Union. With a 2-1 victory over D.C. United, the New England Revolution reclaimed the No. 5 spot with 40 points.
The Fire host the Montreal Impact on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. CT (My50 Chicago/La Ley 107.9 FM).