Columbus Crew ends 388-minute scoring drought with strikes by Santos, Etienne, Jr. and Nagbe in 3-0 win over D.C. United

Pedro Santos celebrates his goal vs DC United (courtesy Columbus Crew Communications)

Saturday, Apr 30, 2022

The Columbus Crew snapped a lengthy goalless streak – while halting their winless skid across all competitions at six – as they defeated D.C. United 3-0 at Field on Saturday evening.

It was the first win for Columbus since a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on March 12, with the club scoring for the first time in MLS play since a stoppage-time tally against the New York Red Bulls on March 20.

The Crew ended their scoring drought with an AT&T 5G Goal of the Week candidate in the 28th minute, as Pedro Santos beat flat-footed D.C. goalkeeper Jon Kempin with a laser free kick to give Columbus a 1-0 lead. Derrick Etienne later doubled the margin on the back of a perfect long pass from Josh Williams to make it 2-0 just before the half.

Darlington Nagbe provided the exclamation point for Columbus with a Goal of the Week candidate of his own in the 75th minute, letting loose a ferocious volley from beyond the box as the Crew picked up their third win of the 2022 season.

Artur, Igbekeme, Etienne Jr. celebrate a goal vs D.C. United (courtesy Columbus Crew Communications)


  • 28′ – CLB – Pedro Santos | WATCH
  • 43′ – CLB – Derrick Etienne | WATCH
  • 75′ – CLB – Darlington Nagbe | WATCH

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: After a month-plus that saw the Crew shut out in four straight MLS matches and crash out in the US Open Cup – not to mention a trade of Gyasi Zardes to the Colorado Rapids – the Crew finally found themselves in the win column. It’s what Caleb Porter will hope is just the start of a sustained run of form. Meanwhile, D.C. failed to make it back-to-back wins in league play for interim head coach Chad Ashton, as they couldn’t capitalize on a three-goal effort against the New England Revolution a week prior.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Pedro Santos had a scorcher of a free kick to put Columbus ahead in the first half. Darlington Nagbe, though, one-upped his teammate with a quarter-hour remaining.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Pedro Santos set the tone for the Crew’s offense on the night, his first-half free kick helping deliver a long-awaited win for his club.


Pedro Santos (courtesy Crew Communications)