Arrieta, Higuain propel Crew past Revs

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The Columbus Crew spent half the season struggling to generate goals as their defense and goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum kept the team afloat, but times have changed in Columbus thanks to the team's newest attacking acquisitions.

Costa Rican striker Jairo Arrieta and Argentine midfielder Federico Higuain scored two goals apiece, including two Higuain set piece strikes and Arrieta's game-winner to erase an early two-goal deficit and lift the Crew to a 4-3 victory against the New England Revolution at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.

New England jumped out to a fast start in Columbus, taking a 2-0 lead on goals from Ryan Guy and Jerry Bengtson, but the Crew responded just three minutes later when Higuain struck the first of two free kick goals before halftime. Those strikes, and Arrieta's first of the night, gave the Crew a 4-2 halftime lead.

The Revs looked like they would be able snatch a road point when Lee Nguyen scored in the 81st minute, but Arrieta came through again in the 86th minute with the game-winning strike.

Here are the match highlights:

What did you think of the match? See the Crew making the playoffs with Higuain and Arrieta leading the attack? Starting to wonder if the Revs made a mistake trading Shalrie Joseph?

Share your thoughts below.

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8 Responses to Arrieta, Higuain propel Crew past Revs

  1. Hesyourlifelight says:

    edit: 3-2 halftime lead

  2. Eugene says:

    Columbus are the hottest team in the Eastern conference right now… perhaps soon to be hottest in MLS. Higuain and Arrieta are on fire… and as a NY fan, this has me really worried.

    Really looks like the Columbus Crew have returned to be the power house of the Schelotto days.

  3. Juan says:

    Dont get too excited, the Revs really stink

  4. Hesyourlifelight says:

    4 wins, 2 ties, and 1 loss in the last 7 is just good form. This wasn’t a one-off game.

  5. k says:

    Congrats Crew

  6. A wise man once says:

    I think the Impact have something to say about that.

  7. SilverRey says:

    4 games in hand for the Crew to recoup 3 points – doesn’t look good for the Impact.

    With everyone so incredibly good in the East, it’s going to be a horse race!

  8. Stan says:

    While Higuain and Arieta providing targets for Mirosivic and others have jump started the Crew’s offense, the Crew’s defense continues to fail in the late stages, and in this one in the early stages as well. They are in the playoff mix but with a series of winnable games which are subject to must-win pressure. They also have only road games with Chicago and DC, the teams currently holding playoff positions ahead of them, as well as NY who creamed them the first meeting. Chicago has the tougher schedule and may be vulnerable if the Crew can continue to execute.