Déjà Vu: Accam meets Ghanaian friends again as Fire host Crew

Eastern Conference nemesis Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew will meet for the second time within a month and a week as the Major League Soccer (MLS) enters Week 6.

Just 35 days after their 1-1 season-opener at the Mapfre Stadium, the MLS’ fixture complexities has paired the two sides together again in this weekend’s round of matches.

As per the MLS competition guidelines, each of the 22 MLS clubs will play 34 games, 17 at home and 17 away. Clubs will play each of their 10 conference opponents at least twice (one home, one away) and will also play each team in the opposing conference at least once (5 or 6 home, 5 or 6 away). They will play three additional intra-conference matches with one team in each conference playing one extra non-conference match.

It is therefore not surprising at all that Chicago and Columbus lock horns in another cagey battle. The second encounter between the two sides will rekindle the Ghanaian battle we witnessed in the first clash.

This time round, it is David Accam’s Chicago Fire who play host to Columbus Crew SC who could hand different roles to Ghanaian teammates Harrison Afful, Mohammed Abu and Lalas Abubakar.

Unfortunately, defender Jonathan Mensah may not be fit for this encounter thereby reducing the number of Ghanaians who are likely to play in this game from five to four.

Striker David Accam has scored three goals in five career regular season games against Columbus Crew SC and five in six matches in all competitions – most recently in the season-opener.

In the season-opener, Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah and Mohammed Abu tried to stop David Accam from scoring but their combined efforts were in vain as the Chicago Fire talisman still prevailed in the afternoon after beating Mensah to cancel Crew’s early lead.

As Mensah is expected to sit out, Accam, with the support of Fire’s new marquee signing Bastian Schweinsteiger, will surely take the battle to Afful and his teammates on Saturday.

Other fixtures with Ghanaian interest include the LA Galaxy-Montreal Impact clash on Friday that will see Emmanuel Boateng clashing with Dominic Oduro.

DC United’s Ghanaian trio Lloyd Sam, Kofi Opare and Patrick Nyarko will be hoping for selection when they play host to New York City FC while Derrick Jones is expected to continue his inspiring form for Philadelphia Union they clash with Portland Timbers.

Striker Abu Danladi will travel with Mennesota United to face FC Dallas at the Toyota Stadium while Latif Blessing and his Sporting KC teammates welcome New York Red Bulls to the Children’s Mercy Park.
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