Columbus Crew SC is on a roll on the road. For the first time in club history, the Black & Gold earned a fourth consecutive away win by defeating D.C. United 2-1 at RFK Stadium. The victory propelled Crew SC to the top of the Eastern Conference for at least one day. Here we’ve collected the most important numbers from Saturday night’s match.
5 out of 6
Not only has Crew SC won its last four away matches, the Black & Gold have now won five of its last six on the road, compiling a 5-1-0 record over the span. The Black & Gold are one of just three MLS clubs to have won at least five road regular-season games in 2015, joining the San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps. Crew SC is the only club to compile five road victories over a span of six matches this season.
Ethan Finlay’s 27th-minute opening goal was his ninth of the season. He now has 20 regular-season goals and 20 assists all-time, becoming the seventh player in club history to accomplish that feat. Finlay joins Jeff Cunningham, Brian McBride, Eddie Gaven, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Federico Higuain and Brian Maisonneuve.
Kei Kamara notched his 21st goal of the 2015 regular-season against D.C. United, extending his League lead in the category to two ahead of Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco. Kamara is now five goals shy of tying the all-time single-season club record and six goals shy of tying the all-time Major League Soccer single-season record.
Federico Higuain made his 100th career regular-season appearance for Crew SC against D.C. United, becoming the 23rd player to reach that milestone for Columbus. Only two other active members of the Black & Gold’s roster have broken the 100-match barrier for Crew SC: Justin Meram (116 appearances) and Tony Tchani (104).
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Crew SC defender and captain Michael Parkhurst spent the morning reading to preschoolers at Gladden Community House.
After reading to the kids Parkhurst signed autographs and took pictures. This event was part of Crew SC’s “Give Forward” initiative, which is sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance.
Columbus Crew SC is headlining this week’s MLS Power Rankings with another road win. That’s four wins for the Black & Gold in their last five away matches, including the last three in a row. They faced a compact Philadelphia Union squad in PPL Park on Saturday, and returned to Columbus with another three points after a 2-1 win.
The Eastern Conference remains close, and Crew SC could clinch a playoff spot this weekend. With a tight race for postseason contention and just seven points separating the top 10 teams in the Supporters’ Shield standings, here’s how Columbus stands in Week 28’s MLS Power Rankings:
MLSsoccer.com moves the Black & Gold up four spots, from 10th to sixth, crediting the clubs solid road win and its propensity to get results.
SI.com ranks Crew SC third, a spot above last week’s position. The website acclaims Kei Kamara’s goal-scoring abilities, mentioning his culmination of 20 goals this season, without a single penalty kick. SI.com also includes the striker in this week’s “Best XI.”
ESPN FC keeps Columbus in fifth, also mentioning Kamara's feat of becoming only the second player in Crew SC history to score 20 goals in one season (Stern John was the first).
Columbus Crew SC and the Philadelphia Union squared off in an entertaining Eastern Conference clash that saw the Black & Gold dominate the first half and Philly pushing for the equalizer in the second. In the end, a brace by Kei Kamara and several saves by Steve Clark made the difference as Crew SC earned yet another victory on the road. Here we break down the match by the numbers:
Kei Kamara returned from international duty with Sierra Leone, and he made sure everyone at PPL Park knew he was back. Kei Kamara scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season, extending his lead in the MLS Golden Boot race to three.
The Black & Gold have now won three straight matches on the road, and four of the last five away from home. They also have three games left this season outside of the Capital City. Where did the time go? We suppose it flies when we’re having fun … (see No. 5).
The number of minutes it took Kamara to score a brace and seal Columbus’ victory over Philadelphia. Over half of Crew SC’s nine total shots were on target Saturday night. They hit five on frame, one was blocked, and two resulted in goals. Not too shabby.
Kei Kamara scored his sixth brace this season, two more multi-goal games than any other player in MLS this season. It also bumped him up in the Crew SC record books to second for most multi-goal performances in a single season. The only player ahead of him is, of course, Stern John with eight in 1998.
Six is also the number of saves Steve Clark made on the night. His career-best is seven saves, which he set at Orlando earlier this year. Clark now has over 200 saves all-time with Crew SC and in MLS.
Steve Clark jumped up a notch in Crew SC’s history books to tie Andy Gruenebaum for fourth in most goalkeeper wins with 26. Mark Dougherty sits in third with 33 wins.