By Jackee Arce @knackeredwriter on August 17, 2014
Columbus Crew made their mark by dominating the LA Galaxy and earning three points. Galaxy were hoping to defeat Crew and continue on their way to the top of the Western Conference, but they now have a longer road to the top. Crew have a lot to be proud of from Saturday's match, and now they is on their own journey to the top. Here are five key points from the match.
Justin Meram started off the scoring for the Columbus Crew and had a hand in the continuation. Nine minutes after scoring his goal, he made the perfect cross for Ethan Finley to take it to the back of the net. Columbus has a budding talent in this kid.
Alan Gordon was not expected to turn his former team into the best team in the league, but with the lack of moves LA Galaxy made it would have been great to get a top player. The match was lackluster overall for the team, and it made Gordon’s return leave fans wanting more.
Gyasi Zardes scored the only goal of the match for LA Galaxy, but he missed an opportunity for a second with a wide-open net. Zardes has a lot to be proud of after scoring nine goals in his last 10 matches, but he needs to work on finishing more. He also missed a couple shots against San Jose Earthquakes, and it now seems like he’s repeating his mistakes.
After an upsetting draw against the San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy were ready to take down Columbus Crew. However, they suffered a worse loss to the Crew than they did at home to San Jose. This is not to say Galaxy won't be playoff bound, but they are now a lot further from first place then when the turnaround began.
A lot of people don’t think Designated Players are worth the money unless they are constantly putting points on the board. However, last night was a prime of how a DP can be a key player without scoring the goals himself. Federico Higuain did have an assist, but his overall performance during the match was crucial to the Columbus Crew’s win.
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