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6-Thought Box: What did we Learn from Another Massive Win?

Some take aways from Crew SC's second straight big win at home.

For those of you who had a few too many dollar beers on Saturday night, go back and watch Columbus Crew SC thrash the Philadelphia Union 4-1.

If you don't want to do that, don't have time, don't have a way, or just don't care that much because you had a good time anyway, we've got you covered. Here are the six things you might also have taken away from the game. If you have any other thoughts, drop your them in the comments below.

Crew SC are One of the Top Dogs

I know this is likely a bit of an overreaction, but this team is starting to have that feeling. Back in 2008 and 2009, Crew SC fans went into every game confident. Whether it was another one of the league's better teams or a side that was struggling, there were few reasons to not be confident about Columbus.

This club has a bit more to do before they can get to that level, but the feeling is starting to come back.

After beating Orlando City SC 3-0 two weeks ago, the Black and Gold didn't take a struggling opponent lightly and actually took advantage.

Crew SC head out on the road next week and this theory will be put to the test against D.C. United, but confidence is high in Columbus after eight points in the last four games and six in the last two.

It's Going to be Hard to Stop This Attack

The 52 goals Crew SC scored a year ago was impressive, especially considering there was no consistent forward threat in Columbus. A year later and the Black and Gold could be on the verge of the side's best ever attack.

After seven goals in the last two games, Crew SC leads the league with 12 goals scored after eight games. On Saturday night, the final piece of the scoring puzzle finally broke through, as Ethan Finlay got on the score sheet for the first time this year after 11 goals a season ago. Then he scored again.

The four-pronged attack the Black and Gold possess may be the best in the league. Kei Kamara is tied for the league lead in goals with five, Justin Meram has three goals, Finlay's already registered four assists to goal along with Saturday's two strikes, and Federico Higuain is one of the league's best creative, attacking players.

If these four players can stay healthy and on form, it will be a tall task to ask any defense to slow down the Black and Gold.

Steve Clark is Crucial to Columbus' Possession Game

After the match, head coach Gregg Berhalter was asked about breaking through the Union's press and credited his goalkeeper for getting his team's success getting out of the back.

Clark gets the attack going quickly when he has the ball and knows how to find his defenders, who know how to keep the ball. He understands what Berhalter wants and has the awareness to find the right players.

Although Philadelphia didn't press nearly as high as they have previously, they still attempted to disrupt Crew SC's possession game. When Clark found Emanuel Pogatetz or Michael Parkhurst quickly, giving them time to find other teammates, it led to the exciting style of player Berhalter asks of his side.

Everything starts with Clark.

Pogatetz Has Quite the Foot Skills

Crew SC knew they were getting a solid defender when they signed Pogatetz late last year. The Austrian had proven his defensive ability and physical presence at the highest level, but his skill with the ball at his feet was relatively unknown.

Maybe I just haven't noticed this year, or maybe Pogetetz hasn't been put in positions to show it, but he has some solid ball skills for a defender.

When the Union did press Columbus' back line, both Parkhurst and Pogatetz remained calm, dribbling away from pressure and finding a teammate. Pogatetz put a move on one attacking player, which freed up space for him to dribble forward and find Waylon Francis.

This is what the Black and Gold need on the back line with their style of play and they have two players that can keep the ball, even when under duress.

There's Going to be Quite the Battle in the Center of Midfield

They say no one should lose their position due to injury, but players are also supposed to take advantage of an opportunity given to them. Mohammed Saeid has certainly done that while Wil Trapp has been out with concussion-like symptoms.

Trapp likely did enough last year to keep the spot, but Saeid continues to impress in his absence. Tony Tchani continues to help control the midfield with his physical style and passing ability. The two have formed a nice tandem over the last two and half games and allowed Berhalter to not rush Trapp back.

The Crew SC staff certainly has a tough decision to make when all three players are healthy. It will not be an easy conversation to have with the odd man out, but that's the professional game.

Federico Higuain Can Impact a Game in So Many Ways

A week ago, Crew SC's No. 10 scored the opening goal of the match and registered his first assist of the season. Against Philadelphia, Higuain had one of his better games in a Black and Gold uniform, but his name didn't show up on the stat sheet.

Pipa was constantly moving around the field, not only to get the ball and go forward, but to open space for others. His movement allows Meram, Finlay, and Kamara to interchange positions and fill the space.

Higuain also makes the simple pass. So many talented players try and do something special every time they have it, but Higuain knows, in this system at least, that the simple pass is sometimes the best.

With the attacking options on this team, Pipa doesn't have to lead the team in goals and assists, but rather just pull the strings and let his teammates get the statistical glory.