Another week is in the books, and Crew SC is receiving high praise for its fourth consecutive road win in D.C.—a new club record. Here’s how the Black & Gold stand in Week 29’s MLS Power Rankings:
MLSsoccer.com says Crew SC is playing “what is maybe the most exciting soccer in the League, and it’s proved to be high-risk, high-reward.” Columbus gets a big bump up from sixth to third.
SI.com notes Crew SC's temporary jump to the top spot in the Eastern Conference with its fifth win in the last seven matches. Sports Illustrated moves the Black & Gold up from third to second.
ESPNFC.com also moves Columbus up a spot from fifth to fourth “thanks largely to the two key offensive cogs in their humming machine.” The website says, “if there was 'best duo' award, Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay would be well ahead of any other pair in MLS.”
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).