Crew Find Their Footing

Columbus and scorer Federico Higuain once again upset a 1st place squad
by Al DiFranco   |   Monday, August 12, 2013

Labor Strike – column on Columbus Crew & the Columbus, Ohio soccer scene.

Last week, I addressed the Columbus Crew’s recent lack of goal scoring. In particular, I singled out Federico Higuain’s struggles and said he was the key to the Crew attack.

Saturday night, Higuain scored on a penalty kick and a beautiful chip to lead the Crew to a 2-0 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading New York Red Bulls, emphatically ending the Crew’s 3-match losing streak and sending the raucous Crew Stadium crowd home happy.

Captain Pipa shines

Higuain put in one of his best performances in a Crew uniform on Saturday. He is always dangerous on set pieces, and on this night he narrowly missed setting up a couple additional goals. His PK was confidently taken. But there is no doubt the highlight was his chip over New York goalkeeper Luis Robles – one of the finest goals of the season for the Black and Gold.

If Higuain can continue to find ways to score, the Crew will make some noise in their final 11 matches.

Scoring isn’t everything

Dominic Oduro gave the Crew another solid performance. He was credited with 5 shots on goal, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. He was a constant threat.

Oduro is the Crew’s most dangerous attacking forward because of his speed and work ethic. He is definitely a player to build around in the future.

Wil Trapp continues to impress

Another player the Crew will pin its future hopes on is hometown favorite Wil Trapp. Since the young midfielder entered the Crew’s Starting XI 5 matches ago, he has shown great promise. It was Trapp’s through-ball that provided Higuain the space to draw Robles away from goal, giving him the opportunity to chip the ball over Robles’ head and into the top corner of the net.

Trapp’s 1st career assist was a memorable one, and hopefully just a glimpse of the impact he can make on the Crew’s attack moving forward.

NEXT UP: August 17 – Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC, Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH, 7:30 p.m. EDT, FOX Sports Ohio and MLS Live.

Al DIFRANCO

Nationality:
USA
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Ohio State
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Columbus Crew
Club Foreign:
AC Milan, Everton
Passionate fan of the USMNT, Al is a member of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Outlaws. He also loves to follow and discuss Premier League and Serie A. Named his daughter Mia after a certain soccer legend.
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