Crew SC: Kamara returns to victimize former mates with game-winning goal


COLUMBUS -- The Black and Gold's issues with Vancouver continued Saturday at Mapfre Stadium, still winless aginst the Whitecaps since 2011.

Despite an early lead off a Gyasi Zardes goal, Crew SC saw its 14-match unbeaten run snapped via a 2-1 final score.

Zardes opened the scoring in the 29th minute, rebounding a saved shot from Pedro Santos. Santos fired a left-footed shot from outside the box, which was saved by Vancouver goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic. Zardes didn't stop his inbound run, despite Marinovic's save, tapping in the finish for the first-half lead.

Vancouver responded in the second half on a similar play, seeing Brek Shea equalize in the 51st minute.

Vancouver nearly struck again in the 70th minute, this time on a would-be go-ahead goal from Alphonso Davies. However, video review reversed the call to a handling infraction committed by Davies. Just eight minutes later, Kei Kamara headed a goal in for Vancouver putting the Whitecaps up 2-1.

Columbus out-passed and out-possessed with 85 percent accuracy and 66.7 percent possession.

Crew SC will travel to Chicago next week to face Chicago Fire on April 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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