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Atlanta United shuts out Columbus Crew behind Villalba's brace
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COLUMBUS, Ohio  — Hector Villalba scored a brace in expansion Atlanta's victory at Columbus.
Atlanta struck in the 27th minute when the Crew defense didn't get a touch on Kann's goal kick, and Villaba beat goalkeeper Zach Steffen to the ball. Villalba picked up his eighth goal in the 64th minute when a deflection to the middle of the box fell to the strike who rolled the ball between a defender's legs and past the shielded Steffen.
Altanta. With 26 points, moved past Columbus (25 points) for fifth in the Eastern Conference.