Columbus Crew SC vs. Houston Dynamo | MLS Match Preview
COLUMBUS CREW SC vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
MAPFRE STADIUM, Columbus, Ohio
APRIL 23, 2016 (WEEK 8, MLS GAME #69)
7:30 pm ET (MLS LIVE, KUBE TV, TWCSC-OH, CW Columbus)
A pair of clubs aiming to begin moves up their respective conference tables after slow starts meet when Columbus Crew SC play host to the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening at Mapfre Stadium. Crew SC are coming off their first victory of the 2016 season after six matches, knocking off New York City FC 3-2 last weekend in their return home. The Dynamo have seen their winless stretch extended to four games, coming off a 4-1 home loss to the LA Galaxy last Friday at BBVA Compass Stadium.
- Justin Meram had the single best day of his six-year MLS career, scoring a goal and adding two assists, involved in all of the goals in Crew SC’s 3-2 win against New York City FC on Saturday evening – the first victory of the season for the defending Eastern Conference champions after a five-game winless run.
- The Dynamo saw their winless streak extended to four games with their third defeat in that time, falling 4-1 to the LA Galaxy on Friday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium.
- The Dynamo won the lone meeting between the teams a year ago, a 1-0 win March 7 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The road team has not won in the series since 2011, when the Crew claimed a 2-0 victory at Robertson Stadium in Houston. It is one of just two wins for the away team all-time in 20 meetings between the clubs.
- The Crew have not lost to the Dynamo in Columbus since June 10, 2007, a 2-1 Houston victory. Since then, the Crew have won five of the eight meetings at home, with three draws.
REFEREE: Kevin Stott. AR1 (bench): Eric Boria; AR2 (opposite): Danny Thornberry; 4th: Kevin Terry Jr.
MLS Career: 279 games; FC/gm: 25.4; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 69; pens: 72
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (21 meetings): Crew SC 6 wins, 28 goals … Dynamo 5 wins, 23 goals … Ties 10
AT COLUMBUS (10 meetings): Crew SC 5 wins, 18 goals … Dynamo 1 win, 9 goals … Ties 4
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