SBI MLS Team of the Week: Columbus Crew

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If recent MLS seasons have taught anything, it is that teams can get hot at the right time toward the end of the season, enter the playoffs with momentum and go on an MLS Cup run. The Columbus Crew are attempting to become the latest to try and test that notion.

Riding the exploits of Designated Player Federico Higuain, Columbus posted a second-straight two-win, six-point week to push into the Eastern Conference's top five and the heart of the playoff race and capture SBI MLS Team of the Week honors. Wins over Philadelphia and Montreal catapulted the Crew past D.C. United and into fifth place, and the Crew might not be done climbing, as they hold a game in hand on the fourth-place Houston Dynamo, with whom they are level on 42 points.

The Crew beat out the Los Angeles Galaxy, who used a reserve-laden lineup to rout the Puerto Rico Islanders in CONCACAF Champions League play before downing the Vancouver Whitecaps over the weekend; the Chicago Fire, who topped Houston to leap into third in the East; and the Supporters' Shield race-leading San Jose Earthquakes, who dominated Chivas USA by a 4-0 scoreline.

What did you think of the Crew's week? Do you think the Crew are legitimate MLS Cup contenders? Which team do you think had the best week in MLS?

Share your thoughts below.

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7 Responses to SBI MLS Team of the Week: Columbus Crew

  1. Mike says:

    I believe in Higuain!

  2. Tim F. says:

    The playoff race is definitely heating up.

  3. Fred says:

    NE will beat them tomorrow night, somehow..

  4. Carl says:

    This team could be MLS Cup quality. Amazing they’ve done it without Hesmer this year, but Gruenebaum’s been a rock.

    It will be interesting to see what lineup changes they make for the New England game. On turf, short turnaround. I’m guessing they rest 3-4 key guys.

  5. Tim F. says:

    Montreal has been playing well of late so Columbus’ victory over them bodes well for the Crew.

  6. Trent says:

    They are winning games on very tired legs. It will be great to see what they can do if they ever get more than three days off.

  7. SilverRey says:

    Just one more win, then they get some rest. Their next league game isn’t until they play the Pink Cows on the 15th at RBA.

    Marshall was saying that with the way they are playing right now, they are barely aware that they’re running on fumes out there. They feel it but it’s almost an after thought right now.