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HOUSTON DYNAMO vs COLUMBUS CREW
BBVA COMPASS STADIUM, Houston, Texas
August 3, 2013 (WEEK 23, MLS Game #207)
8 p.m. CT (CSN-Hou2; FS-OH)

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The Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew meet for a second time this season in what could be a crucial contest for both clubs when they face off Saturday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo are still holding onto a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference and the final playoff spot, after a 1-1 home draw with the Chicago Fire last weekend. The Crew find themselves in eighth place in the division after a second successive defeat last weekend, a late 2-1 loss at Toronto FC.

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REFEREE: Kevin Stott. AR1 (bench): Brian Poeschel; AR2 (opposite): Greg Barkey; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal
MLS Career: 237 games; FC/gm: 25.6; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 60; pens: 50

DISABLED LIST: none
SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: HOU: Andrew Driver, Corey Ashe … CLB: Federico Higuain, Jairo Arrieta, Tyson Wahl, Kevan George, Danny O’Rourke, Bernardo Anor
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (15 meetings): Dynamo 2 wins, 16 goals … Crew 4 wins, 20 goals … Ties 9
AT HOUSTON (7 meetings): Dynamo 1 win, 7 goals … Crew 1 win, 7 goals … Ties 5
FUTURE MATCH: 9/4: Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m. ET

  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The teams played to a 1-1 draw June 1 at BBVA Compass Stadium and Houston’s Warren Creavalle and Federico Higuain of Columbus traded goals.
  • The Crew have an nine-game unbeaten streak alive against the Dynamo, over the last four-plus seasons, with three wins and six draws in that time. Houston’s last victory in the series came Aug. 2, 2008.
  • The teams have played to four consecutive draws.
  • The Crew have come away with points on four consecutive trips to Houston, and six of seven visits there all-time. The Dynamo’s only home win in the series was their last win vs. Columbus, in 2008.
  • Coaches record: Robert Warzycha vs. HOU: P9 W3 L0 T6 … Dominic Kinnear vs. CLB: P19 W4 L6 T9

LAST MEETING (MLS):
6/1: CLB 1, HOU 1 (Higuain 69 – Creavalle 31)

  • The Dynamo took the lead in the 31st minute. Dynamo right back Kofi Sarkodie sped down the right flank before whipping a low cross to the center of the box. An unmarked Warren Creavalle timed his run through the channel perfectly and one-timed the ball past goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.
  • But the Crew were level in the 69th minute. Defender Chad Barson went down under Andrew Driver's challenge in the box and referee Allen Chapman pointed to the spot. Federico Higuaín converted with a powerful shot for the eventual equalizer.
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-1-3-2): Tally Hall - Kofi Sarkodie, Ricardo Clark, Eric Brunner (Anthony Arena 20), Corey Ashe - Adam Moffat (Luiz Camargo 46) - Jason Johnson, Warren Creavalle, Andrew Driver - Giles Barnes (Mike Chabala 84), Will Bruin.
  • COLUMBUS CREW (4-2-3-1): Andy Gruenebaum - Chad Barson, Eric Gehrig, Glauber, Tyson Wahl - Matias Sanchez, Tony Tchani (Konrad Warzycha 89) - Dominic Oduro (Aaron Schoenfeld 89), Federico Higuain, Justin Meram (Ben Speas 74) - Jairo Arrieta.

HOUSTON DYNAMO
The Houston Dynamo extended their undefeated streak to three games, reaching a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire on Saturday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo are in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 30 points from 19 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • Both goals came in a span of three minutes midway through the second half. The Dynamo opened the scoring in the 61st minute when Cam Weaver finished off a well-crafted team goal, turning home a cross from Brad Davis.
  • But the Fire were level in the 63rd minute when Mike Magee played the offside line just right, working into a position two yards from goal to tap in Patrick Nyarko’s goalmouth cross.
  • Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made one change to the team that defeat the New England Revolution 2-1 at Gillette Stadium. Corey Ashe came into the team for Eric Brunner.
  • HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor, Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe - Boniek Garcia, Adam Moffat, Ricardo Clark (Warren Creavalle 69), Andrew Driver (Brad Davis 15) - Giles Barnes, Cam Weaver (Jason Johnson 79).

TEAM NEWS

  • While the Dynamo did extend their undefeated streak to three games, they have taken the full three points in just one of their last six matches at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • “You want to win three points no matter if it’s home, if it’s Columbus, or New England or even tonight against Chicago,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. “The aim is always to get three [points]. We want to be higher than where we are in the conference and we know it’s going to take wins to do that.”
  • Said defender Bobby Boswell: “We had our chances. We still could’ve finished them. We pride ourselves on being able to win with a zero at home and that wasn’t the case tonight. A tie’s not the worst thing, but obviously we wanted to win.”
  • Cam Weaver scored his first goal since May 28, 2011, when he netted vs. FC Dallas. Weaver was starting his second consecutive match, his first two starts since April 6 (and his third of the season).
  • “I thought he was good. I thought he was due for a goal. He’s had his chances along the way, and I’m sure he’s frustrated at times but he was a big part of what we were trying to do,” said Kinnear. “We were trying to get some balls wide, get balls in the box, and I think he had clear off the line in a corner kick. He had a kick in the first half….held the ball well for us, put himself in the right spot for his goal.”
  • Said Weaver: “I think it’s been a while, so I’m definitely happy to get that goal. I had a few chances tonight, and I happened to get one. It would’ve been a lot nicer in a victory, but hopefully that’s one of more to come.”
  • The Dynamo were forced into a very early change after Andrew Driver suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon that forced him off after just 15 minutes.
  • Brad Davis made his first appearance in four matches, coming off a hamstring strain, and played 75 minutes in relief of Driver.
  • Davis contributed his fourth assist of the season, his first since May 8 in a 4-0 win vs. D.C. United. Davis has recorded double digits in assists each of the last four MLS seasons.

COLUMBUS CREW
The Columbus Crew suffered their second consecutive defeat, falling 2-1 to Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. The Crew are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 23 points from 21 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The Crew opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Dominic Oduro took the ball on the right wing and beat TFC 'keeper Joe Bendik inside the near post on a blast from 25 yards out.
  • But the home side drew level just three minutes from full time when Jeremy Brockie took a through pass from Bobby Convey and laid it off for a charging Jonathan Osorio, who buried a left-footed shot past Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.
  • TFC then hit for an improbable late winner, four minutes into stoppage time, as Convey was once again the set-up man. He drifted a pass to the back post to the foot of a sliding Andrew Wiedeman, who redirected the ball past Gruenebaum for Toronto's first BMO Field win this year.
  • Crew head coach Robert Warzycha made three changes to the team that lost 2-0 to the New England Revolution at Crew Stadium. Agustin Viana came into the back four for Chad Barson, Matias Sanchez started in midfield in place of Konrad Warzycha, and Jairo Arrieta entered the attack for Aaron Schoenfeld.
  • COLUMBUS CREW (4-4-1-1): Andy Gruenebaum - Josh Williams, Danny O'Rourke, Chad Marshall, Agustin Viana (Chad Barson 79) - Dominic Oduro (Ethan Finlay 86), Wil Trapp, Matias Sanchez, Bernardo Anor (Justin Meram 90) - Federico Higuain - Jairo Arrieta.

TEAM NEWS

  • The Crew have given up six goals after the 85th minute in their past three losses, two goals after that mark in defeats by the LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers and Toronto FC.
  • “When they pile on like they're doing, these are testing times,” goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum told media after the match. “I think each person has to look at themselves, and it starts with me. I didn't obviously have the best game of my life today, and I need to take from this, 'What can I do to get better?' Each person has to have that mentality, and close out games.”
  • “We defended pretty well, but then we forgot that we are here just to score goals too. We can’t defend for 45 minutes without being successful so I thought we were punished for that,” said Crew head coach Robert Warzycha.
  • Dominic Oduro scored his ninth goal, his second-highest total among his eight MLS seasons, behind only his 12-goal campaign in 2011.
  • Agustin Viana returned to the lineup for the first time since April 20 after suffering an injury in the game vs. D.C. United. “I think he had a good 79 minutes and then he was cramping a little bit.  But he did a good job,” said Warzycha.
  • Matias Sanchez made his first start in three matches and played the full 90 minutes, recording his first assist of the season.
  • Jairo Arrieta made his first appearance since June 29, missing the last three matches while on international duty with Costa Rica.
  • “He is a dangerous player – especially in the first half he had a couple of chances that maybe he could put away. But it was not his day,” said Warzycha.