Columbus Crew SC, coming off a five goal embarrassment against Orlando last Saturday, that following a three goal collapse to turn three points into one against a weakened Toronto FC side the week before, gave up the first goal in Colorado against the Rapids in the dying minutes of the first half. Oh no, not again.
The script was the same, Columbus has looked better throughout the game. They had even rung the crossbar twice in the 16th minute. Hector Jimenez crossed in a ball that Kei Kamara drove off the crossbar with the rebound falling to Federico Higuain. Higuain's header then caromed off the post and was quickly collected. Minutes later, Kamara nearly capitalized on a Rapids mixup and put a shot on the open goal, but Bobby Burling came back to clear.
The Rapids did have chances before Burling would head home a free kick in the 42nd minute. Kevin Doyle headed a corner just over in the 9th minute with Jared Watts going high off another set piece midway through the half. However, it was Burling that would open the scoring. Vicente Sanchez drilled in a long free kick that Burling headed nearly unmarked past a stranded Steve Clark just before halftime.
Not likeing the story of 2015 so far, Crew SC came out of the break with a little more energy, and it was a bit of vision by Tchani and a moment of brilliance by Kamara in the 52nd minute to tie the game. With the Rapids defense pulling back, Tchani was able to dribble into space behind the midfield. He then slipped a through pass behind the Rapids backline into the left side of the box. Kamara then crushed a one time left footed shot past Clint Irwin to tie the game.
Not satisfied with a point, Crew SC drove for a go ahead goal and got it 12 minutes later. Again, Tchani started the play. He played a clever chip to Jimenez that broke the Rapids offside trap. Jimenez, free on the right side, centered the ball to Kamara and the slammed the ball home to give the visitors the lead and the full comeback. It was Kamara's MLS leading 17th goal on the year.
Steve Clark would keep the Rapids from scoring with a couple of outstanding saves in the second half. His two fisted punch in the 59th minute cleared imminent danger. He then parried a Dillon Serna header in the 82nd minute while getting flattened by Doyle. Clark would stay in the game to steady the defense.
Crew SC moved to 9-8-7 with 34 points with their second road win of the year. They now has a long break to enjoy their win. They return to action in 11 days with New York City FC coming to MAPFRE Stadium on Wednesday, August 19th.