Crew Delivers Home Game Win Following Scoreboard Fire
After failing to win the first two home games of the season and a horrible away day at Chicago last week, the Crew finally gave the home fans the result and performance they’ve been waiting for with a convincing 3-0 win over DC United on an unusual night at Crew Stadium.
Drama proceeded the game when shortly before kick-off the stadium score board caught fire, blowing out the stadium speaker system. Columbus Fire were quickly on the scene and after overcoming the logistical challenge of getting water up to the height of the fire they were able to douse the flames, much to the delight of the onlooking crowd.
Once normal service was resumed the Crew quickly took the game to DC with Eddie Gaven and Jairro Arrieta looking lively and probing the United penalty area and both had early penalty claims turned away by the match referee.
Dominic Oduro picked up his fourth goal of the season and opened the scoring in the 15th minute for Columbus after Arrieta’s quick turn pulled him away from the DC defense and gave him the perfect position to fire the ball across goal for Oduro to poke into the net
Josh Williams made it 2-0 shortly after. The defender notched his third goal of the season after latching onto Higuain’s corner kick.
The Crew effectively wrapped up the game just before the end of the first half when Arrieta was fouled in the box. Higuain confidently dispatched the following penalty and gave the Crew a massive safety net to hold onto in a second half that became more about keeping the lead rather than extending it.
The Crew will be back at Crew Stadium next week when they host New York in an earlier 4pm kick-off.
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