Columbus Crew SC 4, Real Salt Lake 3 | 2016 MLS Match Recap
Ola Kamara, still looking to prove he can fill the shoes of the departed Kei Kamara, recorded his first MLS hat trick and Columbus Crew SC held on to take all three points in a wild 4-3 victory over Real Salt Lake at MAPFRE Stadium.
Kamara scored his first goal of the season in the first half, adding two more after the break to put Crew SC up, 4-1, before goals by Jordan Allen and Joao Plata for RSL forced Columbus to sweat it out.
The game was delayed more than 90 minutes because of lightning in the Columbus area and once it got started, the action was fast and furious. Luke Mulholland stepped into a cracking one-timer to put the visitors ahead in the 13th minute, but Columbus quickly erased the deficit with Kamara's first goal in the 17th and then an own goal off Justen Glad in the 20th.
RSL keeper Nick Rimando came off his line to make a save on an Ethan Finlay breakaway in the 45th minute, and then at the other end the visitors were awarded a penalty a minute later. But Steve Clark guessed right, diving to save Plata's spot kick and preserve Crew SC's lead into halftime.
- 13’ – RSL – Luke Mulholland (Joao Plata)
- 17' – CLB – Ola Kamara (Justin Meram, Corey Ashe)
- 20’ – CLB – Justen Glad (OG)
- 64' – CLB – Ola Kamara (Waylon Francis, Justin Meram)
- 74' – CLB – Ola Kamara (Federico Higuain)
- 78' – RSL – Jordan Allen (Demar Phillips)
- 83' – RSL – Joao Plata (Luke Mulholland)
- Full box score
HE COULD HAVE HAD MORE: It wasn't just the three goals he scored, but all the chances Ola Kamara generated. Seriously, the dude could have had five goals or maybe even more. He had a header at a wide open left side of the goal in the first half that bounced over the crossbar, and he had a right-footed shot late in the second half that RSL keeper Nick Rimando saved with a spectacular dive to his left. Kamara bounced the rebound off the post.
- DELAY, AND THEN A FAST START: Lightning in the area caused a 94-minute delay, and then, once the game started, Luke Mulholland opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a legit Goal-of-the-Week candidate –nbsp;a one-timer from beyond the penalty arc that zoomed right into the top far corner for a straight-up Golazo. It was the first of three goals in seven minutes and probably doesn't get all the attention it deserved.
- UNDER SIEGE: Who talks about goalkeepers in a seven-goal game? Anyone who saw this game should. Rimando made six saves – some of them spectacular – and Steve Clark stopped a penalty in time added on at the end of the first half. How many goals would have been scored with less than stellar goalkeeping?