Zardes takes MLS scoring lead, Crew beat Fire 3-0
Zardes drew a penalty in the 27th minute when Chicago’s Kevin Ellis grabbed him from behind by the arm. Federico Higuain opened the scoring a minute later, converting from the spot with a rising shot into the top of the net.
Niko Hansen started a counter in the 50th minute with a takeaway behind midfield and went all the way to about 5 yards from goal to set up Zardes, who finished with a left-footed stab to double the lead.
Columbus improved to 6-3-3, and Chicago dropped to 3-5-2.