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Galaxy cannot keep up with Columbus Crew's fast start in loss

Galaxy cannot keep up with Columbus Crew's fast start in loss
Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zardes (11) celebrates his goal with defender Gaston Sauro (22) against the Galaxy during the first half on Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. (Kyle Robertson / Columbus Dispatch)

Federico Higuain broke Columbus' career assist record in the first half and added a goal in the second in the Crew's 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night.

Columbus (5-6-1) snapped a five-game losing streak, avoiding tying the club record. Los Angeles (7-3-1) lost back-to-back games for the first time since last September. It hasn't won in Columbus since 2011.

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Higuain, in his eighth season with Columbus, got his 62nd assist on a long pass to Robinho, who sent it across goal for a redirection from Gyasi Zardes in the 27th minute. Early in the second half, Higuain connected with Zardes on a give-and-go for his first goal in 11 games.

Hector Jimenez made it 3-0 in the 66th minute by knocking home a loose ball in front of the net for his first goal in five years. It was the Crew's first three-goal game since July against the New York Red Bulls.

Los Angeles scored in the 87th when Daniel Steres tapped home Sebastian Lletget's corner kick.

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