Columbus Crew 0-3 FC Dallas
Two side that have quietly been amongst the league's best met in Central Ohio looking to throw some insurance on a pair of already strong playoff bids. Both sides were crippled with losses due to national team duty, including a couple of big goal scorers. Kei Kamara, who was away with Sierra Leone, was the biggest missing name for Columbus. Dallas was without Panamanian striker Blas Perez.
Columbus thought they had the lead in the 25th minute when Jack McInerney managed to earn a penalty from Matt Hedges. It may or may not have actually been a foul, but it didn't matter in the end. Federico Higuain stepped to the spot and bumbled his shot plenty wide of the goal. Dallas made sure the Crew paid for their misfortune all of three minutes later. Atiba Harris got his head to a corner to put Dallas up a goal.
Columbus was on the front foot for much of the remainder of the proceedings and were quite susceptible to counter attacks. After a couple failed maneuvers, Dallas was able to get their second goal in the 69th minute on a breakaway from Michael Barrios. The third came all of two minutes later on a bad Columbus turnover in their own final third. Barrios was robbed of his second goal on the original shot, but David Texeira was there to bang home the uncontested rebound.
Columbus poured numbers forward for the remaining 20 minutes, but it was all to no avail. Dallas took the full three points with them back to Texas in resounding fashion.
Both sides are still reasonably secure in their playoff hopes, although Dallas gains a little more here. They jump over Seattle in the jumbled mess that is the West playoff picture. Meanwhile, the Crew miss a chance to tie DC United for the top spot in the East.