Oct 4, 2013, 8:02 PM EST
Three straight wins haven’t been enough to propel the Columbus Crew into the playoff scenario – yet.
But at just a point away, this weekend provides them with a chance to collect another three points and, maybe more importantly, make a statement to the rest of Major League Soccer that Columbus will be a forced to be reckoned with in the playoffs.
Sparking the mini revolution in Columbus is Federico Higuain, whose returned from suspension/injury three matches ago has exactly coincided with their winning streak.
The Argentinian has picked up two goals and three assists during that span, directly contributing to five of their eight goals in the timeframe.
This fixture a month ago – at Sporting Park – ironically saw Kansas City throttle Columbus 3-0, and saw them sink deeper into the muck of the East’s bottom.
Then something happened.
Higuain returned, and interm manager Brian Bliss has pushed all the right buttons since that low moment.
But they’re not there yet. “The ball’s in our court a little bit” said Bliss. “We’re putting some pressure on the teams ahead of us. Our guys feel good about our game, they feel good about each other, they feel good about themselves individually. We’ve just got to carry this momentum and keep going.”
For Kansas City, they’re in no real danger, but this season they’ve been known to drop points in odd spots, such as last week at home against Philadelphia.
Clinching shouldn’t be an issue, but with upcoming matches against teams who are motivated by the playoff race (Houston, Philadelphia again, and here with Columbus), they need to bear down and get the job done.
With the home stretch in full swing, it’s now or never for clubs like Columbus – make a statement in front of your home fans, or pray for help.
Jan 31, 2015, 5:55 PM EST
All of Saturday’s action from Spain and Italy.
Jan 31, 2015, 4:57 PM EST
Arsenal and Southampton hope to keep their assaults on the Top Four in order, while Aston Villa and Swansea City hope to snap skids.
Jan 31, 2015, 4:19 PM EST
And to think, we’ve still a pair of Sunday matches on the slate. Let’s go through what’s done and dusted.
Jan 31, 2015, 3:40 PM EST
There were eight games in the PL on a busy Saturday. Here’s how it all went down with recaps, analysis and much more.
Jan 31, 2015, 3:20 PM EST
Manchester City’s boss thought his charges were very good, but is disappointed to snare a solitary point against Chelsea.
Jan 31, 2015, 3:12 PM EST
Lampard was the last player on the pitch, saluting both groups of supporters.
Jan 31, 2015, 3:06 PM EST
What did we learn from the tense draw at Stamford Bridge? Here’s three things.
Jan 31, 2015, 2:47 PM EST
Giving Chelsea and City’s players a mark out of 10.
Jan 31, 2015, 2:21 PM EST
All the goal scoring came within the 41st and 45th minutes at Stamford Bridge, as City failed to cut into Chelsea’s first-place advantage.
Jan 31, 2015, 2:00 PM EST
Want to see Benzema’s brilliant bender? Of course you do.
Jan 31, 2015, 1:40 PM EST
Blind believes United are getting close to what LVG expects.
Jan 31, 2015, 1:21 PM EST
It started off slow and tentative, but the big match between Chelsea and Manchester City is opening up
Jan 31, 2015, 1:04 PM EST
Moyesy is learning Spanish from a Manchester United fan…
Jan 31, 2015, 12:50 PM EST
For the Toffees, defense is the way forward for the rest of the season.
Jan 31, 2015, 12:33 PM EST
“It’s always difficult to be honest when you’ve had a long break,” Defoe said. “But I’ve had a mini-pre-season and I’m getting sharper and sharper.”
Jan 31, 2015, 12:16 PM EST
Sunderland now has four points breathing room from the drop zone, and three points space from Burnley.
Jan 31, 2015, 12:10 PM EST
Walters grabs first career hat trick as R’s still searching for first road point.
Jan 31, 2015, 12:09 PM EST
Losses from QPR, Hull and Leicester keep West Brom three points shy of the drop zone.
Jan 31, 2015, 12:04 PM EST
Toffees put in resolute display to climb clear of danger.
Jan 31, 2015, 11:55 AM EST
The Red Devils ease past Leicester.
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