Second half explosion carries Crew SC to resounding, 4-1 win over Montreal
COLUMBUS -- With his two goals in tonight’s match, Federico Higuain has now scored 48 goals in 140 regular-season appearances (135 starts). Only Jeff Cunningham (64 goals) and Brian McBride have scored more goals for Crew SC than Higuain. Through 17 appearances (all starts) in the 2017 MLS regular season, Federico Higuain has scored nine goals (tied for team lead with Ola Kamara) and notched five assists for the Black & Gold. This was the fourth consecutive match in which Federico Higuain scored a goal for Crew SC. Higuain previously scored in a home match against Seattle Sounders FC (May 31) and in road contests against the Colorado Rapids (June 3) and Atlanta United FC (June 17).
With his game-winning goal in tonight’s match against the Montreal Impact, forward Kekuta Manneh tallied his first goal for Crew SC since joining the club in March of this year. Manneh also provided the assist on Ola Kamara’s goal in the 72nd minute. Through the 2017 MLS regular season, Manneh has made six appearances (three starts) for the Black & Gold, registering one goal and one assist.
Forward Ola Kamara tallied his ninth goal and his third assist of the 2017 MLS regular season tonight. The goal was also Kamara’s 25th goal for Crew SC in 43 regular-season appearances (37 starts) in tonight’s match. With the goal, Kamara is now one of only four players on Crew SC’s current roster to have scored 25 or more regular-season goals. The other players on the roster to have scored at least 25 goals are Federico Higuain (48), Justin Meram (32) and Ethan Finlay (30). Last year, Kamara scored 16 goals in 25 regular-season appearances (20 starts). This season, Kamara has made 18 appearances (17 starts) and is currently the co-leading scorer for the Black & Gold in the 2017 MLS regular season along with Higuain (nine goals).
Two Crew SC players recorded their first assist for the club: forward Adam Jahn and goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Steffen played a ball to Jahn, who then passed to Federico Higuain, allowing Higuain to score the fourth goal in the 88th minute. This season, Adam Jahn has made 13 regular-season appearances (one start) for the Black & Gold. Zack Steffen has made 18 appearances (all starts) for Crew SC in the 2017 MLS regular season.
Defender Josh Williams made his 100th start and 112th appearance in MLS regular-season action. Williams played the entire 90 minutes, making 51 passes and getting 62 touches on the ball. This season, Williams has made nine regular-season appearances (seven starts) for the Black & Gold.
Saturday's match marked the 16th regular-season meeting between Crew SC and the Montreal Impact. With the win, the Black & Gold’s record is now 8-5-3 against the Impact. Crew SC has scored 11 goals over the past four regular-season contests against the Impact.
Next up, Crew SC hosts Eastern Conference opponent Atlanta United FC on Saturday, July 1 at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com, TSN).