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A creative dynamic at Crew Stadium? Yes, it has arrived

Columbus Crew v Sporting Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 28: Jairo Arrieta #25 of the Columbus Crew celebrates his goal with teammates during a game against the Sporting Kansas City in the first half at Livestrong Sporting Park on July 28, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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In all honesty, watching games this year from Columbus has sometimes been a bit painful.

Robert Warzycha’s team remained relevant in the playoff chase (although just barely) by being very difficult to break down, and therefore difficult to beat.

On the attack, however, the “wow factor” was at decidedly low ebb. Which is why Columbus came into last night’s match at Crew Stadium with a meager 23 goals, second worst in MLS, behind Chivas USA (whose offensive production is off-the-charts terrible with just 15 goals in 22 matches.)

So, for those wondering when a little zip, zing, and creative what-for might creep into the Crew game plan, wonder no more. It’s here.

Watch the video below of Columbus’ important 2-1 win over Toronto. Pay lesser attention to Eddie Gaven’s early opener. It was a lucky deflection, but a worthy reward for a man’s whose overall body of work this year probably deserves a little more statistical recognition.

Pay more attention to the 33rd minute sequence of wonderful, fluid, attacking soccer. What Jairo Arrieta (pictured) and even more recently arrived Federico Higuain are bringing to the men in Yellow right now is worth a look. Presumably, as Higuain finds his fitness, even more is on the way.