I did not head to Columbus Crew stadium on Sunday afternoon with much excitement. The temperature was the coldest it had been since last winter, and a constant drizzle only made it worse. The Crew had already been mathematically knocked out of the postseason, and they were facing the worst team in MLS, Toronto FC (whom they had already defeated twice during the year to clinch the Trillium Cup).
I left the stadium with slightly higher hopes. A brace from mid-season acquisition Federico Higuain secured a 2-1 victory for Columbus in their last game of the year. Higuain’s first came in the 17th minute after a beautiful cutback move to his left foot. His finish was pure class. Toronto equalized ten minutes later, but Higuain drew a penalty in the second half before tucking the spot kick away into the left corner, ending the year on a rather good note for not making the playoffs.
To the 2012 season: