Federico Higuain scores his 40th career goal for the Black & Gold;
Zack Steffen records first career MLS win and first career MLS shutout
For Release: March 18, 2017
Columbus Crew SC 2 – D.C. United 0
RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
Saturday, March 18, 2017
NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (1-1-1, 4 points)
Columbus Crew SC vs. Portland Timbers (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH)
Saturday, March 25 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).
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TODAY’S MATCH INFO:
Venue: RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Andrew Bigelow
Fourth Official: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: 50 degrees and clear
CLB – Federico Higuain (Penalty kick) 38’
CLB – Ola Kamara (Penalty kick) 66’
DC – Ian Harkes (Caution) 17’
DC – Lloyd Sam (Caution) 41’
CLB – Harrison Afful (Caution) 45+1’
DC – Marcelo Sarvas (Caution) 70’
CLB – Josh Williams (Caution) 72’
Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Josh Williams, Alex Crognale, Nico Naess; Harrison Afful, Artur (Mohammed Abu 70’), Wil Trapp ©, Jukka Raitala; Federico Higuain, Justin Meram (Ethan Finlay 63’); Ola Kamara (Adam Jahn 80’)
Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver, Lalas Abubakar, Hector Jimenez, Niko Hansen
D.C. United: Bill Hamid; N. De Leon, Seve Birnbaum ©, Sean Franklin, Taylor Kemp; Ian Harkes, Marcelo Sarvas, Luciano Acosta (Lamar Neagle 75’); Lloyd Sam (Sebastien Le Toux 60’), Patrick Mullins (Jose Guillermo Ortiz 28’), Patrick Nyarko
Substitutes not used: Travis Worra, Jared Jeffrey, Bobby Boswell, Julian Buescher
Midfielder Federico Higuain scored his 40th goal for Crew SC by converting a penalty kick in tonight’s match. The goal increased his margin as Crew SC’s leader in Penalty Kick Goals, bringing his total to 15 while playing for the Black & Gold. Higuain has started in all three of the Black & Gold’s regular-season matches this season.
Homegrown Player Alex Crognale made his MLS debut for the Black & Gold as a starter in tonight’s match. Defender Josh Williams made his season debut and his first MLS appearance for Crew SC since returning to the club.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded first career win and first career shutout with tonight’s 2-0 win over D.C. United, making three saves on the night. Steffen has started in all three of the Black & Gold’s regular-season matches this season.
Forward Ola Kamara scored his second goal of the season and his 18th goal for Crew SC. He has made three appearances (all starts) this season. Kamara’s goal was his second of the season and the forward has now scored in back-to-back matches for Crew SC after tallying last weekend in Houston (March 11).
Kamara is now 3-for-4 in penalty kicks for Crew SC since joining the club ahead of the 2016 campaign while Higuain is now 15-for-21 from the spot for the Black & Gold dating back to 2012
Crew SC’s last victory on the road came at Camping World Stadium against Orlando City SC on September 17, 2016. Tonight’s 2-0 win was also the club’s first shut-out of the season. Prior to tonight, Crew SC shut-out the Chicago Fire on October 1, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium.
Tonight’s victory at RFK Stadium brought Crew SC’s all-time record against D.C. United to 27-27-11,