Columbus, Ohio (March 10, 2018) – Federico Higuain and Gyasi Zardes did it again.
The two Columbus Crew SC attacking players notched goals in the Black and Gold’s 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact on Saturday. They came a week after the two found the net in last week’s season-opening win over defending MLS Cup champions Toronto FC. Both tallies carried with them a touch of franchise history.
Federico Higuain and Gyasi Zardes Make History in Last Second Columbus Crew SC Win
In the 12th minute, former Crew SC left back Jukka Raitala took down second-year defender Lalas Abubakar who was trying to head the ball at goal off a corner kick. Referee Chris Penso immediately pointed to the spot as a result. It was then Higuain’s turn to step up and bury the ensuing penalty which is exactly what he did.
With the goal, Higuain notched his 50th career goal in a Black and Gold uniform during MLS play. He became the third player all-time to accomplish the feat, joining Jeff Cunningham (64) and Brian McBride (62). But the Argentinian enganche wasn’t the only one to accomplish something historical on the day.
Three minutes later, Zardes made his mark. After Artur headed the ball off the crossbar via a well-placed Pedro Santos cross, Zardes cleaned up the rebound in classic poacher fashion. Not only did he equal his goal total from last year with the LA Galaxy in a mere two games. He also became the first player in Crew SC history to score a goal in each of his first two games with the club.
The Impact halved the lead in the 59th minute through Ignacio Piatti. Higuain’s countryman and counterpart in the ten role for the Impact took advantage of a defensive turnover from Crew SC. He collected a ball from Samuel Piette and fired it across his body, beating goalkeeper Zack Steffen far post to make it 2-1.
Crew SC seemed intent to sit on their lead for most of the second half. It showed in the fact that Montreal outshot them 10-5 during that portion of the game. That came back to bite them in the 82nd minute as Raheem Edwards made a deft finish off a full volley via a cross from Saphir Taïder.
But when all was said and done, the Black and Gold didn’t throw away two points. In second half stoppage time, rookie Luis Argudo who came on in the 58th minute for Cristian Martinez was taken down in the box by Edwards. Zardes took the kick and made no mistake to seal the win at the death.
The team is on the road next week as they take on the Philadelphia Union on St. Patrick’s Day. Kickoff from Talen Energy Stadium takes place at 2 PM ET.