Federico Higuain's sumptuous striker was the difference between the Columbus Crew and Chivas USA until a late strikes from Josh Williams and Dominic Oduro.
Columbus showed its intent early. Within half a minute, Josh Williams snapped an open volley on goal. Only Dan Kennedy's reflexes managed to push the ball around the post.
Andy Gruenebaum made a similarly impressive save midway through the first half, tipping a Julio Morales breakaway shot narrowly wide. A few minutes later, Morales again broke free on goal, but this time a heavy touch took the ball away and he opted to dive over Gruenebaum. The referee decided not to punish Morales with what would have been a second yellow.
Five minutes into the second half Columbus scored. Federico Higuain curled a shot from nearly 30 yards that clipped off the post on its parabolic way in.
In a moment of symmetry, Josh Williams volleyed another shot on frame in the dying seconds -- off an Eddie Gaven corner -- and this one went in.
With the Goats pushing forward in stoppage time, Dominic Oduro led a counter from deep in his own half, rounded Dan Kennedy and put the game to bed.
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