Mar 9, 2014 at 12am UK at ​RFK Stadium
DC United
0-3
Columbus Crew

Neal (67')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Arrieta (19'), Higuain (27' pen., 90')
Tchani (39'), Trapp (43'), Higuain (63'), Francis (76')

Result: Columbus Crew comfortably beat DC United

Columbus Crew's Federico Higuain in action on April 6, 2013
© Getty Images
Columbus Crew comfortably beat DC United 3-0 in their opening MLS fixture.

Columbus Crew got their MLS campaign off to the perfect start as they comfortably saw off DC United 3-0 at RFK Stadium.

Jairo Arrieta put the Ohio side ahead inside 20 minutes when he latched onto a Josh Williams pass and his first-time effort was too much for Bill Hamid.

The Crew had the opportunity to double their lead from the spot eight minutes later when Michael Parkhurst was brought down in the area by Perry Kitchen.

Federico Higuain tucked away the resulting penalty as United looked set to make a miserable start to the season.

The home side struggled to compete with Columbus's passing game and failed to test keeper Steve Clark enough in a below-par performance.

United's best chance to get back into the game arrived just after the interval when Luis Silva's shot from the edge of the penalty area drifted just past the post.

DC's poor night was compounded when Higuain added a third in stoppage time when he diverted Justin Meram's cross beyond Hamid's grasp.

Related Video
Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1DC United 2110562318535
2Columbus Crew207672828027
3New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls187562622426
4Orlando City196672224-224
5Toronto177372224-224
6New England RevolutionNew England216692630-424
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia2064102229-722
8Montreal ImpactMontreal166372325-221
9New York City FCNY City195682427-321
10Chicago Fire1853101821-318

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy229763425934
2Seattle SoundersSeattle2010282519632
3Dallas199552623332
4Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver2010282320332
5Portland TimbersPortland209472223-131
6Sporting Kansas CityKansas178632617930
7San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes197482122-125
8Houston DynamoHouston196672424024
9Real Salt LakeSalt Lake205871926-723
10Colorado RapidsColorado194961719-221