Unbeaten No More: Kamara gets the last laugh against former club

Kei Kamara gets the last laugh, as his header goal is enough to lift Vancouver Whitecaps over Columbus Crew.

Unbeaten No More: Kamara gets the last laugh against former club
Kei Kamara in action against Columbus Crew SC. | Photo: mlssoccer.com
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Columbus Crew SC: Steffen; Jimenez (Valenzuela, min. 67), Abubakar, Mensah (Jahn, min. 83), Affil; Trapp, Artur; Martinez (Argudo, min. 86), Higuain, Santos; Zardes
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Marinovic; Waston, Ibini (Davies, min. 67), Felipe, de Jong; Aja; Shea (Techera, min. 84), Nerwinski, Kamara, Teibert; Mutch (Ghazal, min. 74)
SCORE: 1-0, min. 29, Zardes. 1-1, min. 51, Shea. 1-2, min. 79, Kamara.
REFEREE: Jose Carlos Rivero. Admonished de Jong (min. 11), Valenzuela (min. 76), Felipe (min. 82)
INCIDENTS: MLS matchup between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Columbus Crew SC. The match was held at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

In an attempt to remain perfect, Columbus Crew SC took on Vancouver Whitecaps FC on a chilly afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. Both teams looking to stay hot in this early season, but it was Vancouver who had the last laugh. 

Possession based first half

Vancouver started the high press, forcing Columbus to make several passes in their defending third, but keeping possession. 

In the 11th minute, midfielder Artur found space on a counter attack and found forward Gyasi Zardes on the wing. Zardes was able to receive the pass and dribble into the box, centering a pass but found nobody on the receiving end. 

Whitecaps forward Kei Kamara had a chance to put the away side up with his shot, but the attempt sailed high over the net and out for a goal kick. Of course, boo's rang out from the stadium as his comments made about Columbus still haven't settled well with Crew SC fans. 

Pedro Santos had his shot deflected out for a corner kick after he created a counter-attack of his own.  

Jonathan Mensah defends Brek Shea of the Vancouver Whitecaps. | Photo: Crew SC
Jonathan Mensah defends Brek Shea of the Vancouver Whitecaps. | Photo: Crew SC

Zardes opens scoring

Columbus would strike first after Zardes was able to pounce on a rebound shot to give Columbus a 1-0 lead in the first half. With that goal, Zardes doubled his goal total from last year during his time with the LA Galaxy. 

Columbus would hold a 64% possession stat as Columbus held the lead heading into halftime. 

Vancouver's comeback

Brek Shea would open the second half with a goal of his own, mimicking Zardes' goal with his rebound shot hitting the back of the net. The game would level 1-1 in the 51st minute. 

Columbus almost had a breakthrough when the ball bounced off legs inside Crew SC's attacking penalty area, but a Federico Higuain shot went high over the crossbar. 

Alphonso Davies thought he had the go-ahead goal for Vancouver, but video review showed that there was handling prior to the goal.

However, former Crew SC striker Kei Kamara would get the last laugh with his header that found the back of the net in the 79th minute. 

Brek Shea in action against Columbus Crew SC. | Photo: The SkyBoat
Brek Shea in action against Columbus Crew SC. | Photo: The SkyBoat

Columbus Can't Capitalize

Midfielder Artur came close again to netting his first of the season, but his header attempt in the dying minutes of stoppage time rang off the crossbar for the second time in the game.

When all was said and done, Kamara and company had the last laugh, handing Crew SC their first loss of the season. 

Columbus is on the road next week against midwest rival Chicago Fire in Bridgeview, Illinois. Vancouver travels to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake