Federico Higuain - 3.2.19 - New York Red Bulls

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SAURO SCORES FIRST GOAL FOR THE CREW IN MLS ACTION

Defender Gaston Sauro scored his first goal for the Columbus Crew across all competitions this past weekend. Sauro, 29, scored the equalizer for Crew SC in the 41st minute of Saturday’s contest against the New York Red Bulls by heading in a corner kick taken by midfielder Federico Higuain. The defender’s goal helped the Black & Gold secure a point, with the match ending in a 1-1 draw. Sauro's performance earned him a spot in MLSSoccer.com's Team of the Week. 

SAURO MAKES 25TH REGULAR-SEASON APPEARANCE

Saturday’s contest against the New York Red Bulls marked Gaston Sauro’s 25th regular-season appearance (23rd start) since joining Crew SC in 2015. Sauro commemorated the occasion by scoring his first goal for the club and finished the match with two tackles and a passing completion rate of 88.2 percent – a higher comple-tion percentage than any other player on the field. Sauro had previously missed the entirety of the 2017 season as a result of an injury on his left knee.

HIGUAIN NOTCHES FIRST REGULAR-SEASON ASSIST OF 2019

Midfielder Federico Higuain registered his first assist of the 2019 MLS regular-season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home against the New York Red Bulls. Higuain set up the equalizer by taking a corner kick in the 41st minute, which fellow Argentine Gaston Sauro then headed in. In addition to his assist, Higuain finished the match with two shots and three chances created – more than any player for either team.

HIGUAIN NEARING ALL-TIME REGULAR-SEASON ASSISTS RECORD

With his assist in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls, Argentine midfielder Federico Higuain tallied his 59th reg-ular-season assist since joining the Crew in 2012. With the helper, Higuain is now only two assists behind Robert Warzycha (61) in Crew SC’s list of all-time regular-season assist leaders. Should Higuain notch three more helpers this season, he would become Crew SC’s all-time leader in this category.

MATT REIS: A  FAMILIAR FACE FOR THE NEW ENGLAND  REVOLUTION

Crew SC Assistant Coach Matt Reis, a former MLS goalkeeper, played for the New England Revolution from 2003-2013. Dur-ing his 11 seasons with the Revs, Reis made 254 regular-season appearances. Additionally, the former player holds multiple New England goalkeeping records, including most regular-sea-son appearances (242) and starts by a goalkeeper (241), wins (86), saves (960) and shutouts (61).
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