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Crew SC build two goal lead to dispatch FC Dallas, extend home win streak to four

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COLUMBUS -- The Black and Gold got offense from a defensive presence, Jonathan Mensah's first goal in almost three years.

Mensah's second half header was the game-winning goal en route to the 2-1 result FC Dallas.

Ola Kamara scored Crew SC’s first goal in tonight’s match against FC Dallas. Kamara’s goal came in the 50th minute, assisted by Hector Jimenez and Federico Higuain. This was Kamara’s 30th regular-season goal for Crew SC since joining the club on February of 2016, which ties him with Ethan Finlay for 10th place in Columbus’ list of all-time leading goal scorers in regular-season action. This season, Kamara has made 28 regular-season appearances (27 starts) and is currently the leading scorer for the Black & Gold in the 2017 MLS regular season with 14 goals, ahead of Justin Meram (11 goals) and Federico Higuain (nine goals).

Midfielder Federico Higuain provided the helper in Ola Kamara’s 50th-minute goal and Jonathan Mensah’s 75th-minute goal in tonight’s match against FC Dallas. With his two assists in tonight’s match, Federico Higuain has now notched 42 assists in 143 regular-season appearances (138 starts) for the Black & Gold, overtaking Guillermo Barros-Schelotto for fourth place on Crew SC’s list of all-time assist leaders in regular-season action. Higuain is behind only Robert Warzycha (61 assists), Brian McBride (45 assists) and Jeff Cunningham (44 assists). Through 20 appearances (all starts) in the 2017 MLS regular season, Federico Higuain has scored nine goals and notched six assists for the Black & Gold.

Defender Jonathan Mensah scored the game-winning strike in tonight’s match against FC Dallas, his first MLS career goal. Mensah’s goal came in the 75th minute, as he headed in a free kick taken by Federico Higuain. Additionally, Mensah played the entire 90 minutes, registering 69 touches on the ball, making 57 passes and making one tackle. In 2017, Mensah has made 21 regular-season appearances (20 starts), recording one goal and one assist.

Midfielder Hector Jimenez registered his second assist of the 2017 MLS season by providing the helper on Ola Kamara’s 50th-minute goal. Jimenez played 77 minutes, making 45 passes, one tackle and getting 64 touches on the ball. In 2017, Jimenez has made 14 regular-season appearances (10 starts), providing two assists.

With tonight’s victory over FC Dallas, Gregg Berhalter now has 50 regular-season wins in MLS, all coming as Crew SC’s Sporting Director and Head Coach. Berhalter first took over the helm of the Black & Gold ahead of the 2014 MLS season and has compiled a record of 50-47-33 over that span. His first MLS win as the boss of the Black & Gold came in Crew SC’s 2014 season opening match against D.C. United at RFK Stadium, with Crew SC winning 3-0 thanks to a brace by Federico Higuain and a goal by Jairo Arrieta.

Tonight’s match was Crew SC’s 46th all-time match against FC Dallas in regular-season action. With the win, the Black & Gold bring their all-time regular-season record against Dallas to 19-17-10.

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