Columbus started the match well having some good early chances, six minutes in to the match producing a corner that Bernado Anor headed toward goal but was denied by a Tally Hall save.
In the 13th minute another corner should have found an opener as Gonzalo Higuain’s corner found a wide open Josh Williams but the header was sent over the bar.
Houston had their first chance just one minute later as Corey Ashe sent a through ball to Brad Davis whose first touch was at full stretch and too heavy, killing the chance.
The middle of the half saw action tighten up but Tally Hall made two massive saves to keep the match scoreless on the half-hour mark.
Columbus found Giancarlo Gonzalez in the box, allowing a chance which was parried by Hall only for the rebound to fall to Jairo Arrieta at close range but was denied by a quick thinking Tally Hall.
Arrieta was looking dangerous and four minutes later he had another opportunity as he made space for himself to shoot but sent his effort wide.
A Houston counter in the 37th minute allowed Oscar Garcia to release Davis, who ran in on goal but sent his effort wide of the target.
Houston closed the half well but they were unable to finish their chances, having to settle for a scoreless draw at the break.
Houston started the second half the way they ended the first, and hit the lead in the 50th minute as a Brad Davis free-kick found Will Bruin who jumped up to head it, bundling it in with the back of his head.
With the lead Houston were able to contain a struggling Columbus side effectively, while struggling to create any clear chances themselves.
Waylon Francis nearly made up for losing Bruin on the goal as he made space for himself and shot which lead to a superb save from Hall.
Columbus had one last golden opportunity as Arrieta was able to turn at close range and get a shot away but again was denied by Tally Hall.
After a tough month of April, Houston have gotten a great start in May, winning two straight and lifting in to a share of first in the east.