MLS Game Summary - Columbus at D.C. United|
(Saturday, March 8, 2014)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Columbus 3, D.C. United 0
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Federico Higuain tallied a goal in each
half as the Columbus Crew's 2014 MLS season got off to a flying start on
Saturday with a 3-0 win over D.C. United at RFK Stadium.
Jairo Arrieta opened the scoring in the 18th for Columbus, which was playing
its first match under new head coach Gregg Berhalter, while Higuain converted
from the penalty spot in the 27th minute and capped the win with a goal in
United won just three games last season, and after a disappointing start to
this campaign, head coach Ben Olsen will hope this isn't a sign of things to
The opening goal came after some nice build up play from Columbus that saw
Josh Williams make a run down the right wing and get in behind the United
defense. He then crossed the ball to the front of goal for Arrieta, who
applied the final touch.
Bobby Boswell went close with a header for the home side in the 25th minute,
but Columbus went up two goals shortly after as Perry Kitchen brought down
Michael Parkhurst inside the penalty area, allowing Higuain to convert the
subsequent spot kick.
Justin Meram almost found the net for the Crew in the 78th, only to be
thwarted by a fine stop from United goalkeeper Bill Hamid.
But Meram instead set up Higuain's second goal as the Argentina native prodded
home the low pass from six yards shortly before the final whistle.
03/08 21:24:17 ET