Crew rally for 2-1 victory at Seattle

Mar 29, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC forward Kenny Cooper (33) scores a goal against the Columbus Crew during the first half at CenturyLink Field.  

SEATTLE (AP) — Justin Meram scored in the final minute of second-half stoppage time, lifting the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night.

Meram’s winning score was set up by Federico Higuain’s corner kick. The ball went beyond the top of the penalty area to Meram, who drilled a 25-yarder into the back right corner past Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

The Crew (3-0-0) have won their first three games for the first time in the club’s 19-year history.

Higuain converted a penalty kick late in the 59th minute to tie it at 1. Higuain has two of his three goals this season on PKs. Last year, he scored a team-record six times in eight opportunities from the spot.

Kenny Cooper scored early in the 23rd minute for the Sounders (2-2-0). It his first goal since being acquired in an offseason trade with FC Dallas.

Higuain’s penalty kick was set up when Dominic Oduro was taken down in the box by Seattle defender Djimi Traore, who subsequently was shown a straight red card by referee Allen Chapman. Higuain drove his shot into the upper center of the net, with Frei diving to the right.