They finally did it. Columbus Crew SC defeats Seattle Sounders 3-2 Saturday night in MAPFRE Stadium. It is the first time that the Crew has defeated Sounders FC at home in history.
The night started out just like everyone expected it to, a lot of physical play and a lot of chirping between the two teams. Within the very first minute, Crew SC forward Kei Kamara and Sounders FC defenseman Gonzalo Pineda were involved in a rough physical play that caused them to exchange words. From then on is was go time for the Crew, and the shots came pouring in on Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Crew SC had season high’s in shots and shots on goal with 24 and 13, more than doubling the Sounders who had 13 and 6.
The first goal of the night came from Kamara off of an assist from Waylon Francis. It was without a doubt one of the most well timed headers I’ve even seen, as Kamara went for a cheeky deke around 3 time Defender of the Year Chad Marshall to set himself up in the center of the box. Just minutes later Pineda (who was involved with the encounter with Kamara at the start of the match) attempted to respond with a long range shot, which was deflected off of Obafemi Martins and into the net. However, Martins was offside when it was deflected so the goal did not count.
In the 21st minute, Federico Higuain passed a gorgeous ball into open space, which was shot by Meram, deflected out right to the legs of Ethan Finlay. Finlay shot but missed just a little over the top and the game continued on. Sounders star forward Clint Dempsey then did what he does best. A shot from Dempsey from outside the box in the 24th minute was banged off the left post and into the back of goalkeeper Steve Clarks net and the score became level at 1-1.
The game began to settle down for a few minutes until almost the end of the half Emanuel Pogatetz was given a yellow card on a controversial call via a challenge with Martins. This was the start of what ended up being a very questionable night for MLS referees later in the match.
Coming into the opening minutes of the second half, Higuain fired a shot into the bottom corner of the net to give Crew SC the lead yet again. Not too much later, in the 58th minute to be exact, Kamara would scored his second goal of the night to make it 3-1. It could not have been done without the help of Justin Meram’s touch through Tyrone Mears.Columbus Crew SC forward Kei Kamara (23) celebrates after his second goal of the game against Seattle Sounders FC at MAPFRE Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
Dempsey then of course had to yet again respond back with a goal of his own off of a rebound close inside in the 75th minute. Crew SC stood tall after that however and outlasted Sounders FC until the end to come out victorious.
Crew SC hope to keep the good vibes going as they head to San Jose next Saturday for their next match.