The game in 100 words (or less): Just like that, after failing to win a road game until their 10th try of the 2015 season, Columbus Crew SC have run off three away victories in a row and are tied for fifth-most road wins this season. Their latest, a 2-1 triumph over a woeful Philadelphia Union side at PPL Park on Saturday night, came courtesy of — who else — Kei Kamara and his sixth brace of the season. Kamara, who now leads the Golden Boot race by three, is making a late push for 2015 MLS MVP consideration. My current ballot has Sebastian Giovinco first, with Robbie Keane closing quickly, and Kamara not far back. With the victory, Crew SC strengthen their hold on third place in the Eastern Conference, now four points clear of the suddenly-hot New England Revolution. The Revs, however, have two games in hand at this point.
Three moments that mattered
21′ — Alley-oop to Kamara, and it’s 1-0 — Kamara is MLS’s version of the NBA’s early-2000s Shaquille O’Neal, in that “throw it up and he’ll go slam it down” is possibly the best offense his team can run. Harrison Afful, who also served up Kamara’s second of the game (keep scrolling), was sadly robbed of an assist because his cross took a deflection en route to Kamara.
26′ — Cross to Kamara, and it’s 2-0 — Not only did Kamara give Crew SC a two-goal lead on the play, but he also became the 16th player in MLS history (20 seasons) to reach the 20-goal mark for a single season. His name now stands alongside the likes of Donovan, Twellman, Lassiter and Diaz Arce, which is pretty decent company.
66′ — Le Toux to Sapong, to pull one back — It was all former Sporting Kansas City forwards/wingers-turned-full-time-center-forwards on this night. CJ Sapong, who won the 2011 Rookie of the Year award while in KC, got on the end of Sebastien Le Toux’s squared cross and the finish was as simple as could be.
Man of the match: Kei Kamara
Goalscorers: Kamara (21′, 26′), Sapong (66′)