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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Columbus Crew

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Photo by Greg Bartram/USA Today Sports

By MATT STYPULKOSKI

The Columbus Crew had the chance to make a statement and took full advantage.

The Crew, which has been hot-and-cold to start the season, heated up again on Saturday night. A brace from Kei Kamara and a goal from Federico Higuain highlighted the effort as they served the Seattle Sounders, arguably among the league’s hottest teams after three straight wins, a 3-2 defeat, earning the Crew SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.

Beating the Sounders was the perfect bounce-back for the Crew, which lost to D.C. United last week. It also keeps them in touching distance of the Eastern Conference leaders, four points behind both D.C. United and the New England Revolution.

The Crew’s defeat over a Western Conference powerhouse was enough to earn SBI’s MLS Team of the Week honors, edging out FC Dallas, the New York Red Bulls and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

What did you think of the Crew’s performance? Which team stood out to you this past weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Agree CLB is playing well. But it shouldn’t matter who’s playing who in MLS – you play with 10 for over an hour and score the game game winning goal while a man down – that’s Team of the Wewk in my book.

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  2. Agreed with everything that’s been said. There’s a very good spine of the team forming. Kei Kamara rightly gets the praise for best new player, but I would argue that getting Pogatez last season has been a phenomenal pick up. He’s one tough mofo, smart with the ball, and has slotted in nicely with Parkhurst.

    And remember Will Trapp? He’s been injured, so I’m pretty pumped to see the team when he’s healthy again.

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  3. Man, they looked VERY good, able to attack with numbers, quickly and still have numbers behind the ball on D.
    Seattle’s outside mids were taken to the woodshed and given a smacking.

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  4. I can tell you as a Crew fan it is a lot of fun right now. Even when the team has lost they have been fun to watch. I’m loving everything that the team and the coaching staff is doing. And I will agree. Kei is exactly what we needed and this system has been missing.

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  5. The Crew probably play the best quality soccer I’ve ever seen in the MLS. Tactically light years ahead of the route one soccer everyone else plays.

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  6. Kei Karama has walked right in and fit like a glove. His acquisition was a sensational move for the Crew. It could easily be argued that he’s been the most influential off-season signing in all of MLS. It has taken the Crew from pretender to contender. The Crew certainly made a statement this weekend and it’s been brewing for a while. Kei was a big, big part of that.

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    • Struggled to beat them too. Beat em with 10 you say. Yeah, they had 10 because of an intentional foul trying to stop a very dangerous situation.

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