Columbus Crew SC 0, Montreal Impact 0 | 2016 MLS Match Recap
Columbus Crew SC returned to action following the Copa America Centenario break without their playmaker, Federico Higuain, and with striker Ola Kamara forced by a balky hamstring to come off the bench as the Black-and-Gold entertained the Montreal Impact, missing Ignacio Piatti at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday.
Missing playmakers meant little action and no goals, as the teams played to a hard-fought 0-0 draw.
The last time the teams played one another May 7, the game ended in a 4-4 draw, and Higuain and Kei Kamara argued over who would take a penalty kick, which would ultimately lead to Kamara being traded a few days later to New England Revolution. This game bore little resemblance to that. Columbus keeper Steve Clark had three saves, all in the first half, and Montreal's Evan Bush had just one.
1. INAUSPICIOUS START: With playmaker Federico Higuain out 5-7 weeks following hernia surgery, Columbus must find a replacement No. 10 for the duration of his absence. Mohammed Saeid got the assignment against Montreal and was, frankly, unremarkable in his first game in the role. Of course, he didn't have Ola Kamara up front for most of the game, so that certainly has to be taken into account, but if Crew SC are to survive the loss of Higuain, Saeid is going to have to produce.