FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Columbus scoring leader Dominic Oduro had a goal and an assist to lead the Crew to a 4-2 victory over FC Dallas on Sunday night.
The Crew (12-14-5) moved into a tie with New England for sixth place, a point away from the Eastern Conference's final playoff berth with three matches remaining.
"The ball's in our court, putting pressure on those teams ahead of us," interim Columbus coach Brian Bliss said.
FC Dallas (10-10-10) remained eighth in the Western Conference, five points out of fifth.
"I think our results are deserving (of criticism)," FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said, "and not just tonight. At the end of the day, it's all about results.
"Our fans have to hold us higher, as we should be holding ourselves higher."
Columbus took a 2-0 lead on goals by Federico Higuain (his 11th) and Jairo Arrieta (third) within the first 17 minutes.
Higuain moved in alone to maneuver FC Dallas keeper Raul Fernandez out of position. Defender George John moved in to the goal and stopped Higuain's shot, but the ball bounced off of him and into the net in the ninth minute.
Oduro set up Arrieta with a crossing pass in the 17th. He put the ball on his left foot and lifted it over Fernandez and off the crossbar. The ball bounced down, then back up into the top of the net.
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