Dueling 61s: A Look at Warzycha & Higuian

On Saturday night, Federico Higuain tied Robert Warzycha’s Columbus Crew record for career assists in league play, so in addition to the story I wrote, I thought it would be fun to jointly celebrate the two Crew legends by looking at their shared record while it is still shared.

First, some basics.

First assist

9/22/1996 at TB
(Paul Caligiuri) 

8/19/2012 at HOU
(Eddie Gaven)
Most recent assist9/7/2002 at SJ
(Edson Buddle)
4/6/2019 vs. NE
(Josh Williams)
Season high13 (2000)14 (2017)


Higuain has the edge in primary assists, go-ahead assists, and assists on game-winning goals, but amazingly, both players have an identical ration of home assists to away assists.

Primary assists4047
Secondary assists2114
Go-ahead assists3236
Equalizing assists88
Assists on game-winning goals1621
Home assists4141
Away assists2020


Higuain has assists in more games because Warzycha had more two-assist games. Each player had one assist hat-trick and they each did it against the same club. Warzycha dished three assists on August 18, 1999, in a 4-2 win at the Meadowlands against the MetroStars. Higuain’s three assist game took place on September 23, 2017, at home against the former MetroStars, the New York Red Bulls. The Crew won that game 3-2.

Games with an assist4951
Three-assist games11
Two-assist games108
One-assist games3842


Here’s how their assists break down by wins, losses, and ties. NOTE: For apples-to-apples comparisons, all shootout results are counted as ties in the breakdown below.

In wins4044
In losses134
In ties813
Record with an assist30-11-835-4-12

Kinda crazy that the Crew have lost only four games in which Pipa has had an assist. Those games were a 3-2 loss at D.C. United on October 20, 2012; a 3-2 loss at Kansas City on June 29, 2013; a 2-1 loss at LA Galaxy on July 4, 2013; and a 2-1 loss vs. Portland on September 26, 2015.

Moving on, here are their assists by interval. This is a fun one because Warzycha came roaring out of the gates at the beginning of each half– ten of Warzycha’s career assists came before the 10th minute!– whereas Higuain was spread out more across the first half. Then, at the end of games, they put up identical numbers in the final two intervals.

I also love the Higuain’s earliest and latest assists occurred within one week of each other.

Minutes 1-15148
Minutes 16-3058
Minutes 31-45713
Minutes 46-60118
Minutes 61-7599
Minutes 76+1515
Earliest assist

2nd min. 4/19/1997.
(Pete Marino)

4th min. 8/22/2012. 
(Eddie Gaven)
Latest assist91+ min. 8/16/2000.
(Mario Gori)
95+ min. 8/29/2012  
(Eddie Gaven)


And lastly, here’s a breakdown by goal scorers and opponents. Amazingly, both Higuain and Warzycha have assisted on goals by 22 different goal scorers.

Goal scorers2222
Leading scorerMcBride (13)Meram / O. Kamara (7)
Favorite opponentKansas City (9)New York / Toronto (7)


We’ll conclude this with a breakdown of those 22 goals scorers and their 61 goals.


13: Brian McBride
11: Stern John
5: Jason Farrell, Dante Washington
4: Pete Marino
3: Brian Maisonneuve
2: Paul Caligiuri, Jeff Cunningham, Ansil Elcock, Miles Joseph
1: Edson Buddle, Marcelo Carrera, Mike Clark, John DeBrito, Thomas Dooley, Mike Duhaney, Mario Gori, Ricardo Iribarren, Doctor Khumalo, Rob Smith, A.J. Wood, Todd Yeagley


7: Ola Kamara, Justin Meram
6: Josh Williams, Gyasi Zardes
5: Ethan Finlay
4: Bernardo Anor, Kei Kamara
3: Jairo Arrieta, Eddie Gaven
2: Chad Marshall, Jonathan Mensah, Dominic Oduro
1: Lalas Abubakar, Harrison Afful, Ricardo Clark, Glauber, Giancarlo Gonzalez,  Emilio Renteria, Pedro Santos, Gaston Sauro, Aaron Schoenfeld, Tony Tchani



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