Crew View: Hat-trick history lesson

Chris DeVille
Justin Meram

When Justin Meram scored three goals in Montreal two weekends ago, the achievement was significant for its rarity, being only the 11th Crew SC hat-trick in 22 years. But Meram's trifecta was also momentous within the match's narrative. Following a semi-disastrous three-game homestand, the dramatic stoppage-time road victory seemingly prevented a tailspin.

For stories behind the other 10 Crew hat-tricks, read on.

Brian Maisonneuve (Sept. 7, 1996).The Crew's first hat-trick was by a Brian, but not McBride. (Bake actually never accomplished that for Columbus.) Instead, expert slide tackler Maisonneuve tallied three in a 5-1 rout of Kansas City at Ohio Stadium, part of a surge that saw Columbus win nine of its last 10 and clinch a playoff spot on the season's final day.

Stern John (April 18, 1998).The Crew's most prolific scorer kicked off his Columbus career with three goals in a 22-minute second-half stretch during a 5-1 home win against Miami.

Stern John (May 30, 1998).You thought three goals in 22 minutes was impressive? For his next trick, John scored three in 18. The Crew beat San Jose 4-1.

Stern John (Aug. 16, 1998).For the third time in 1998, John scored thrice in the second half of a Crew win, this time 5-3 against Kansas City. (He led MLS in scoring that year, obviously.)

Stern John (Aug. 1, 1999).John also earned the first Mapfre Stadium hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Miami.

Stern John (Aug. 18, 1999). John's final three-goal outburst doubled as the Crew's first (and, until Meram, only) road hat-trick. They won 4-2 at New York.

Dante Washington (June 16, 2001). Not only did Washington score three times against Tampa Bay, he also assisted twice. The 6-1 home win set a still-standing Columbus record for goals in a game. It helped that Tampa's legendary Carlos Valderrama was red carded.

Ross Paule (Sept. 4, 2004). Paule monopolized Crew scoring in a 3-1 victory over LA, the 11th in a league-record 18-game unbeaten streak. Columbus moved into first place and ultimately won its first Supporters' Shield.

Edson Buddle (Sept. 18, 2004).Two weeks after Paule, Buddle became the first and only Crew player to score four times in a match as Columbus beat New York 4-2.

Ola Kamara (May 28, 2016).Kamara's first three Crew goals lifted Columbus to a 4-3 win over Real Salt Lake, proving him a worthy successor to namesake Kei Kamara (who has never scored a hat-trick).