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Playoff push: Columbus puts four up on Dallas, takes win out of Frisco (Video)

Sep 30, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

If you can deal with speed, you’re going to have a lot of success defending Columbus’s Dominic Oduro. Unfortunately for Dallas, the Crew attacker burned them badly on two Sunday goals, the result seeing FCD’s playoff hopes a debilitating blow.

Columbus, on the other hand, are the hottest team in the East. Winners of four of their last five, the Crew find themselves one point out of a playoff spot after Sunday’s 4-2 win in Frisco, one which saw goals from Federico Higuaín, Jairo Arrieta, Oduro and Bernardo Anor push them into a tie for sixth in their conference.

But although the goals were spread out, it was Oduro, in combination with poor defending by Dallas, that decided this one. On the second goal, the Crew’s leading scorer pulled away from Dallas midfielder Erick before setting up Arrieta. And on Columbus’s third goal, after Dallas had closed to within one, Oduro beats Matt Hedges to a bouncing ball in midfield, eventually putting himself in alone on Raul Fernandez.

Columbus wasn’t immune to their own terrible defending, as Dallas’s second goal shows, but once Anor’s insurance tally went in, Brian Bliss had yet another win, one that pushes his team to 41 points on the year. Though they’ve played one more game than their Eastern Conference competition, the Crew sit one point back of fifth place Philadelphia (and even with sixth place New England).

Dallas, on the other hand, are left five points back of idle Colorado with four games left. Arguably more important: They’ll have to beat out three teams to claim that final postseason spot.

Given the performance we saw tonight, that’s unlikely to happen. If one of these teams is going to be playing soccer in November, it’s going to be Columbus.

  1. C-bus - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    And Columbus continues its MASSIVE playoff push!

  2. tylerbetts - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Columbus being so hot makes you …

    1) Wonder what might have been had they sacked Warzycha just a bit earlier. If this is Bliss and the coaching change, you’ve got to figure he’s coaching himself into the permanent job, or at the very least the top of the conversation.

    2) be glad the change happened when it did. If it’s not Bliss, it’s a good thing Warzycha was already sacked. Otherwise, battling back and just barely missing the playoffs would have given the club a chance to talk about how the team battled for him and got positive results despite injuries, blah blah blah.

    In any case, hopefully the winning keeps coming. 1 point back, yes, but an extra game played, so still in need of some help if we want to have playoff soccer this year.

  3. midtec2005 - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Admittedly I’ve missed a lot of C-bus games, but that was the most entertaining game I’ve seen them play since… well since before Warzycha was coach. The fans can actually get behind this team! I’m pretty excited, I guess they just needed to open things up a bit.

  4. geojock - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Richard or Steve, We have a playoff push but i am not even sure what the schedule is for the playoffs is this year. I know they tweaked it a little. Still the play in game for the 4th spot, but what else?

  5. mlsconvert88888 - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Columbus is like the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of this MLS season.

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