The game in 100 words (or less): For 45 minutes Saturday night, Columbus Crew SC looked their usual bewildered selves while playing on the road (zero shots on target), against the Colorado Rapids. In the game’s final 45 minutes, Gregg Berhalter’s side was the dominant, commanding, attack-minded side we all so dearly love watching play within the friendly confines of MAPFRE Stadium. Down to the 18th-place team in Major League Soccer, 1-0 at the half, Kei Kamara had seen enough and took matters into his own hands when he bagged a second-half brace and willed the Black and Gold to a 2-1 victory, their second on the road this season, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The MVP race is now unofficially a three-horse race (Kamara, Sebastian Giovinco and Benny Feilhaber) With the victory, Crew SC jump all the way up to second in the Eastern Conference, 10 points off the pace of league-leading D.C. United.
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Three moments that mattered
42′ — Burling heads home for the opener — Vicente Sanchez whipped in the high, looping free kick near the penalty spot and Bobby Burling — all 6-foot-5 of him — rose about the rest of the pack and sent his own high, looping ball back to the far post. Steve Clark had no chance of getting a hand to it.
52′ — Kamara hammers one far post, ties it up — Take a bow, Kei Kamara. What an absolute piledriver from the league’s leading goalscorer (16). Tony Tchani slotted the through ball into a fairly innocuous part of the attacking third, onto Kamara’s foot no less, and the Sierra Leonean bagged his Goal of the Week nominee.
64′ — Kamara redirects Jimenez’s cross for a 2-1 lead — He’s simply bigger, faster and stronger. To say Kamara would be this close (17) to 20 goals this early in the season — or at any point, really — would have been laughable before the start of the season. Good goals, great goals, ugly goals — a center forward scores them all, and that’s what he is now.
Man of the match: Kei Kamara — Two more goals for the league leader in what was really a dominant second-half performance. When the switch is flipped with Kamara, he’s like a two-ton boulder rolling down a steep hill — there’s really no stopping him.
Goalscorers: Burling (42′), Kamara (52′, 64′)