Finally! Columbus Crew SC has won on the road!
The Black & Gold came out hot against the Chicago Fire and didn't win by more than 1-0 thanks to a remarkable performance from Sean Johnson.
The Chicago goalkeeper made six saves, each one bigger than the previous, denying MLS' leading goal scorer Kei Kamara three times.
What Johnson couldn't do was stop Kamara four minutes before halftime.
Midfielder Justin Meram played a through ball for Ethan Finlay on the counterattack. MLS' leading assist man took a touch and delivered a floating cross to an on-rushing Kamara, whose powerful header finally beat Johnson before the half.
Crew SC had several chances to take the lead before Kamara's finish.
In the 14th minutes, Meram again played Finlay in behind the defense, but the winger tried to take the shot on his own and Johnson rushed out to make the sliding denial.
A minute later, Federico Higuain played the ball wide to Meram, who delivered a low cross that Kamara nearly one-touched home. Unfortunately for the striker, Johnson was there again to make the save.
Johnson was equally big in the second half denying Higuain on a low free kick chance.
Fire midfielder Harry Shipp had a great chance to equalize in the 76th minute. His free kick from the top of the 18-yard box skimmed the crossbar and went over.
Johnson made his final big save of the night, again denying Kamara in the 88th minute. Midfielder Wil Trapp, who made his first start in 17 games, played Finlay wide. The winger again crossed to Kamara, but the keeper was there to stop the diving effort.
Chicago second half substitute, forward Jason Johnson, had a chance to pull things level in stoppage time. His header attempt went wide of the near post of Clark's goal. This would have been the second time Johnson stole points from Crew SC after scoring the late equalizer in Columbus in the earlier meeting.
These two team meet again on Sunday evening when the Fire travel to Columbus for a rematch at MAPFRE Stadium.