The Crew started its 2014 campaign with a 3-0 victory on the road against D.C. United on Saturday. The Black & Gold were lifted by an early goal from Jairo Arrieta and a pair of goals from Federico Higuaín in Washington. Check out postgame coverage from Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch and Steven Goff of The Washington Post.
Saturday’s victory against D.C. United marked the first win for Gregg Berhalter as Sporting Director and Head Coach of the Columbus Crew. “It’s special,” Berhalter said. “But we want to build something here, and we need to establish that. It helps to get the first one out, but we know that we need to keep improving. I’m glad to get that win and I’m happy for the team.” Read more Andrew King’s article about Berhalter’s first win on MLSsoccer.com.
Columbus Crew and USMNT defender Michael Parkhurst started his first MLS match since 2008 on Saturday. He was named the Crew’s captain by Berhalter, and his leadership reflected in the team’s winning performance against United. Get an in-depth look at Parkhurst’s leadership role on the Crew and the USMNT in Thomas Floyd’s article on Goal.com.