MLS Regular Season
It was the Kei Kamara show at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night. With his brace the Crew SC striker led the Black & Gold to their second away win of the season and reclaimed the lead in the race towards the MLS Golden Boot. In addition to Kamara, other Crew SC players made notable contributions to the 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids, as well. Here, we break them down by the numbers.
Kei Kamara scored two goals against the Colorado Rapids, his fifth brace of the 2015 Major League Soccer regular season and his second on the road, following a two-goal performance on April 8 at Vancouver. With the brace Kamara re-took the MLS goal-scoring lead with his 16th and 17th tallies of the campaign, edging Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco by one. With his 17 goals, the Sierra Leone international is now tied with Brian McBride for third place on the club's single-season goal-scoring record books. McBride scored his 17 goals during the 1996 season.
Tony Tchani provided the assist on Kamara's first goal. The helper was his second of the season and his 11th in Black & Gold. The Cameroonian notched a career-best six assists last season.
Hector Jimenez registered the game-winning assist by setting up Kamara's second goal. It was the fourth assist of the season for Jimenez and his second game-winning helper, following his assist on May 9 vs. Seattle. This is the first time Jimenez has notched more than one game-winning assist in a single season.
Chris Klute started at leftback and played the full 90 minutes in his return to Dick's Sporting Goods Park, where he played his first three MLS seasons ahead of being traded to Crew SC at the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
Jack McInerney, acquired from the Montreal Impact earlier in the week, played in his first match for Crew SC. He made his Black & Gold debut by entering the match in second-half stoppage time.
By Brad Friedman
Two MLS orginals will meet on Saturday, both of which boast similar résumés over the past 20 seasons.
Both Columbus Crew SC and the Colorado Rapids have one MLS Cup in the trophy case and each team has reached postseason play 12 times. The two sides have met only three times during postseason play, but 20 years of competition have produced 38 match-ups and many memorable moments. Here, we'll break down five of our favorites.
By Brad Friedman
After spending time in England, Kei Kamara has returned to Major League Soccer with a splash.
With 12 regular-season matches left, the Crew SC forward has already surpassed his previous career-high for goals in a single season (11). His 15 goals thus far put him atop the League and earned him a spot in the 2015 MLS All-Star Game.
Whether or not Kamara will register his first ever All-Star goal vs. English Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on Wednesday night remains to be seen. In the meantime, we've compiled his five most impressive goals this season so far, though this was no easy task.
If you have any disagreements with the five we've selected, or if you think we've nailed it, let us know by tweeting @ColumbusCrewSC with your feedback. Enjoy!
MLS Power Rankings are posted for Week 21 and Crew SC's 3-3 draw with Toronto FC hasn't affected the Black & Gold's standings much. While the Columbus attack is receiving praise, MLS, Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report see room for improvements on defense.
MLSsoccer.com has bumped the Black & Gold up a notch from ninth to eighth, but puts them a "cut below the top teams" while they work out some defensive challenges.
SI.com drops Crew SC a spot from eighth to ninth, calling out MLS All-Stars Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay for their impressive performances.
BleacherReport.com keeps Crew SC in 10th place, stating the Black & Gold's "attack is clicking" while calling out the team's defensive struggles.