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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Gyasi Zardes (27')
  • Federico Higuaín (53')
  • Héctor Jiménez (66')
  • Daniel Steres (87')

Crew dominate Zlatan, LA Galaxy to snap 5-game losing streak

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Columbus dominate Zlatan, LA Galaxy to end losing run (2:12)

Gyasi Zardes and Federico Higuain scored to help Columbus end their three-game losing streak as Zlatan and LA were held to just three shots on target. (2:12)

Gyasi Zardes and Federico Higuain each had a goal and an assist as the Columbus Crew ended a five-game losing streak by defeating the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 on Wednesday.

Zardes scored in the 27th, Higuain in 53rd and Hector Jimenez in the 66th to stake the Crew (5-6-1, 16 points) to a 3-0 lead, before Daniel Steres scored from a Sebastian Lletget free kick in the 87th to avoid the shutout.

The Galaxy (7-3-1, 22 points) have lost two straight and missed an opportunity with a win to move a point ahead of the Western Conference and MLS-leading Los Angeles FC.

Zardes, the former Galaxy forward who had 19 goals for the Crew last season, made it 1-0 with his fourth goal of the year, but his first in seven games.

Robinho served a ball to the top of the goal box, where a tightly marked Zardes extended his left foot for the redirect and Crew's first lead in 526 minutes. Higuain got the secondary assist, the 62nd assist of his career to surpass Robert Warzycha for the career Crew lead.

The Galaxy trailed at the half for the first time this season but almost tied it in the 50th minute, only to have Zack Steffen save a header by Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the right post.

That proved crucial, because Higuain doubled the lead three minutes later. He ran onto a layoff by Zardes 40 yards out and dribbled to the penalty area before putting a low shot to the right corner, past the outstretched arms of David Bingham for his first goal of the season and 55th in MLS.

Jimenez, another ex-Galaxy player, added a third goal in the 66th minute, cleaning up a loose ball after Zardes was tackled in the box. It was his first goal since April 2014.

The Crew entered the match having scored nine goals this season.

Columbus stays home to play Los Angeles FC on Saturday, the same day the Galaxy host New York City FC.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 16 +26 37
2 LA Galaxy 16 +3 28
3 Seattle Sounders FC 16 +5 26
4 Houston Dynamo 13 +7 24
5 FC Dallas 16 0 22
6 Minnesota United FC 16 -2 21
7 Real Salt Lake 15 -6 19
8 San Jose Earthquakes 15 -4 19
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 16 -3 18
10 Sporting Kansas City 15 -1 16
11 Colorado Rapids 16 -9 15
12 Portland Timbers 13 -7 14

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 17 +11 31
2 Montreal Impact 18 -7 27
3 DC United 17 +5 27
4 Atlanta United FC 15 +8 26
5 New York Red Bulls 16 +8 24
6 New York City FC 14 +6 23
7 Toronto FC 15 +1 19
8 Orlando City SC 15 +1 18
9 Chicago Fire 16 +1 18
10 Columbus Crew SC 16 -8 17
11 New England Revolution 16 -16 16
12 FC Cincinnati 16 -19 11