It was a night of firsts in Columbus, OH as the Crew handed the Houston Dynamo their second loss in their last three road games. With just eight games remaining in the MLS regular season, the Houston Dynamo let another opportunity to solidify their layoff chances slip away dropping a 2-0 decision at the feet of the Columbus Crew.
Rookie forward Ryan Finley scored his first professional goal in the 47th minute of play after the Houston Dynamo squandered three solid scoring chances in the game's opening eleven minutes.
In the 74th minute, midfielder Justn Meram who assisted on Finley's first ever goal received a ball from Finley at the top of the box. Meram made one move to his left losing Dynamo defender Kofi Sarkodie and let fly with his first goal of the season.
The win for Columbus (9-13-5 32PTS) handed interim coach Brian Bliss his first win and kept the eighth place Crew's slim playoff chances alive.
Houston (10-9-7) lost two of three on this latest road swing and scored just one goal against eight allowed.
The good news for Houston is that the fate of their season rests with them as they play five of their final eight games at home including Sunday's 4PM CT match at BBVA Compass Stadium against conference leading Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bull.
“It’s frustrating but we’re a team and we’ll stick together,” said Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat who has scored the Dynamo's last three goals. “Eight more games left. Five are at home and three on the road. We still feel it’s in our hands, but it’s a tough one to take tonight.”