Columbus Crew Take Out East Leading Montreal Impact

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The Crew needed a win to continue having any hope of the playoffs and going through a road drought meant getting points in Stade Saputo would be difficult. Giving up the first goal would make the job that much harder, but through Federico Higuain's two assists, Columbus would get the vital three points.

Columbus would get the best early chance with Higuain setting up Oduro with a brilliant through ball in the 10th minute. Troy Perkins would parry Oduro's shot wide.

After holding off the early Crew pressure, the Impact started finding seams in the Columbus defense. In the 18th minute, Felipe took a centering pass from Justin Mapp, but his shot ricocheted wide. Mapp would get the ball again just two minutes later and cross the ball towards a surging Davy Arnaud, but his shot was clipped wide.

Montreal would break through in the 23rd off of a short corner. Matteo Ferrari would head a Patrice Bernier cross back towards goal. Marco Di Vaio would catch four Crew defenders flat footed and head the ball in from three yards out. Coming into the match, the IMpact were 11-0-3 when scoring first. A daunting task await the Crew in trying to scrape anything out of the game.

Columbus would weather the storm as Mapp was especially busy on the right side of the Impact attacking zone. The hosts would launch ten shots, including six on target in the first half.

The Crew would get a rare attacking chance in the 66th minute with a free kick in the Impact defensive third. Higuain lofted a bending kick towards the six yard box. Chad Marshall attacked it and drove it home with a thumping header to tie up the game.

It would be Higuain that would create another chance out of thin air. The Argentine would pick up an errant pass and tap the ball around Hassoun Camara to give him space to work with on the left side. He then chipped a deft pass with the outside of his right boot to Oduro. Oduro would tap the ball past Perkins to give the Crew the lead.

The visitors would clamp down on the game and secure the vital three points. The road win was the first since May 18th in Toronto and the result moved them to 10-14-5 with 35 points on the year.

The win didn't hurt the Crew's slim playoff chances. They are four points outside of a playoff spot and have played one more game than the fifth place Chicago Fire. That makes next week's game extremely important as the Crew host the Fire in a make or break game any hope of post season play.

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