Posted on August 29, 2012
Costa Rican international striker Jairo Arrieta, who celebrated his 29th birthday with two goals in the Columbus Crew’s 4-3 comeback win over the New England Revolution on Saturday night, was named the TropiGol.com men’s player of the week.
“It was a really good day to celebrate a birthday,” he said. “It started, we were down 2-0 and we ended up winning the game. It was really good. We need it. We needed the three points. It was really important to score the goals, but it was more important for the team to get the three points.
Jerry Bengston, a Honduran international, had given the visitors a 2-0 lead in the 14th minute before Columbus came back. Federico Higuain fired home the first of his two free kicks in the 26th minute before Arrieta equalized six minutes later off an assist by the Chilean Mirosevic. Higuain converted his second free kick in the 43rd minute for a 3-2 bulge before New England tied it on the penalty kick. But Arrieta came to the rescue in the 86th minute with his second goal.
“I’m always under pressure to score,” Arrieta said. “I’m a forward. That’s what I like to do. Again, the most important part of all of this is that the team needed to win and if that goal helps the team, that’s what matters. I’m happy when the team wins and we need to keep winning games because it’s getting close to playoffs.”
Categories: Central America, Costa Rica
Tags: Columbus Crew, Federico Higuain, Jairo Arrieta, New England Revolution