Takeaway Points: New England
The Crew surpassed two goals for the first time in 2012, with Saturday's 4-3 victory over the New England. Here are three things that stood out from the four goal performance:
1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAIRO
There was no better way for Jairo Arrieta to celebrate his 29th birthday than by scoring his second brace since joining the Black & Gold.
One his first tally, the Costa Rican drew the Crew level in the 32nd minute with a blast into the roof of Matt Reis' net to finish a Columbus counter attack. Providing late drama, Arrieta's second came in the 86th minute when the striker slotted his shot past Reis for the game winner.
"It was a really good day to celebrate a birthday," Arrieta said through a translator after the game. "It started, we were down 2-0 and we ended up winning the game. It was really good. We need it. We needed the three points. It was really important to score the goals, but it was more important for the team to get the three points."
2. WORTH EVERY PENNY
Designated Player Federico Higuaín wowed the Crew Stadium faithful with two beautifully bent free kicks past Reis in the first half.
GOAL: Higuaín FK
Astoundingly, Higuaín doesn't typically practice his dead ball strikes in training.
"Those ridiculous free kicks, I told the guys in the locker room 'I practice [free kicks] almost every day," Robert Warzycha said in his post game press conference. "You can see me doing free kicks with Justin Meram and Emilio [Renteria]. Federico, he's just sitting on the side not doing free kicks with us. Look at today, he went over the there and scores two.' (laughs) I'm like 'where the heck did that guy come from?' It's amazing to have talent like this."
"The two players in charge were Milo [Mirosevic] and myself," Higuaín said through a translator. "Today, I felt confident. I talked to Milo, I took it an put it in."
In three games with the Crew, Higuaín has scored three goals and contributed two assists in 193 minutes.
3. LAMPSON TO THE RESCUE
Crew fans were shocked when goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum didn't make his way out of the tunnel after halftime as the netminder has been a vital part of the team's success this season.
SAVE: Lampson denies Feilhaber
Nonetheless, rookie Homegrown Matt Lampson thrived in the spotlight during his MLS debut to make several key saves to keep the win intact.
"[Lampson] looks like a pro, like he has a lot of experience because he went for the ball and made a couple saves," Warzycha complimented the rookie. "Directing the guys in front of him, I thought he was very good."
"That's what the goalkeeper is supposed to do and I was happy I got the chance. I thought I dealt with [the shots] pretty well," Lampson said of his performance. "It was a little hectic, but that comes with the territory in an MLS game. We need those three points really bad, so I'm glad as a team we pulled through."