Columbus Crew down Sporting Kansas City in final preseason clash

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Crew get some hardware in final match before the regular season.

The Crew finished up preseason with a 4-1 in over Sporting Kansas City in the final of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. It was an excellent display of attacking soccer with Hector Jimenez recording two assists and four players getting on the score sheet.

The Crew pressed early and were able to score first with Federico Higuain slipping a ball to Jimenez. Jimenez was hauled down in the box. Jairo Arrieta converted the penalty kick to put the Crew up 1-0 in the 20th minute. Columbus was able to withstand strong Kansas City pressure to make it to halftime with the lead.

The Crew would extend their lead midway through the second half with Jimenez again being the catalyst. The offseason addition from the L.A. Galaxy fired in a cross that Bernardo Anor nodded in for the second goal in the 69th minute.

Jimenez would free up Anor's replacement Justin Meram just five minutes later for a breakaway attempt. Meram would finish the chance to urn the game into a route.

With the game in hand, Higuain would put the finishing touches on the contest as he took the ball and saw Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Kronberg off his line and chipped the ball in for the fourth goal in the 84th minute. Claudio Bieler would get a consolation goal in the 87th, but the Crew closed out the game and eased to a 4-1 victory.

The win gave the Crew the tournament championship as they finished out the preseason with a 4-0-1 record, outscoring opponents 13 to 6. With the season opener a little under a week away, the team is showing some promise in their first preseason under Gregg Berhalter.

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