Two goals in a seven-minute span increased Gyasi Zardes's total versus FC Cincinnati to seven goals in five games, as the forward recorded his third career brace against the Ohio rival en route to his second MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week selection this season.
Two minutes after subbing into Columbus Crew SC's (7-1-2, 23 pts.) eventual 3-0 win, the top American goal-scorer in MLS since 2018 registered his sixth goal of the season after a button-hook run left the front-post open for a redirection.
Seven minutes later, Zardes made it Goal No. 7 on the year and No. 2 on the night with a follow-up on a heads-up ball from Harrison Afful.
Crew SC stands five points ahead of second-place Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union in the MLS Supporters' Shield standings, and next travels to Chicago Fire FC on Saturday, Sept. 12 for a 3:30 p.m. ET match [Univision, TUDN / 97.1 FM The Fan / ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish)].