In a game where points meant everything for both sides, one team showed up while the other struggled to get a proper footing in the match.
The Columbus Crew entered Toyota Stadium with more urgency in their play on the way to a 4-2 win over FC Dallas on Sunday night. The Crew got three first half Federico Higuain, Jair Arreita and Dominic Oduro to go along with a late Bernardo Anor goal in the second half.
The two sides traded blows early on, Dallas got a great chance in the 9th minute from Mauro Diaz but Columbus quickly countered on the play as the ball was played by Chad Barson to Higuain. The Crew forward managed to beat an offside trap set by the Dallas back line. Higuain raced down the middle of the field, made one move on Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez and put a shot in on goal. George John saved the first attempt but the clearance went only as far as Higuain who tapped it back in for the game's first goal.
Columbus would find their second goal on another counter attack just eight minutes later in the 17th. Oduro beat Erick around midfield and then sent a ball across the penalty box to Arrieta, who had no trouble beating Fernandez.
Dallas made their break through in the 20th minute as Diaz had a quick restart on a dead ball, the Argentine attacker found Blas Perez, who slotted home his 11th of the season.
Jacobson nearly gave Dallas their equalizer in the 35th minute. Diaz whipped a corner kick that Columbus keeper Matt Lampson got a finger on, but his save landed on the far post for Jacobson. Unfortunately for Dallas, Jacobson's shot hit the outside of the net.
Columbus would add a third goal right before the end of the first half as Barson would find an open Oduro. The former Dallas attacker would opt to take it in himself as he clipped the ball to himself over Matt Hedges before beating Fernandez.
Nine minutes into the second half, Dallas would inch back into the game. Zach Loyd dribbled the ball up the sideline and then passed the ball off to Diaz who then danced his way by the Crew back line and keeper to walk in the second Dallas goal on the night.
Dallas would struggle to get anything forward for the final 30 minutes despite bringing in Kenny Cooper and David Ferreira.
Columbus would finish off the game in the 86th minute with Anor's top shelf goal. Ethan Finlay would play a ball over to the far sideline to Anor, who fired a shot high above Fernandez to seal the game for the Crew.
The loss puts Dallas 1-3-0 on the month with just four matches left to go this season.
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