Columbus Crew
Houston Dynamo
Wednesday, September 4, 20137:30 PM
Columbus Crew StadiumMLS Regular SeasonSunnyMLS LIVEAttendance: 14360

Match Summary



TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 74'CLBJustin Meram
  • Ryan Finley
  • Dominic Oduro
 47'CLBRyan Finley
  • Justin Meram
  • Bernardo Anor


 88'HOU Cam WeaverFoul
 77'CLB Tyson WahlDissent


Konrad Warzycha (M)
Ethan Finlay (M)
Jairo Arrieta (F)
Ryan Finley (F)
Brian Ownby (M)
Jason Johnson (M)
Mike Chabala (D)
Corey Ashe (D)
Giles Barnes (M)
Andrew Driver (M)
Tony Tchani (M)
Will Trapp (M)

Starting Formations



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Columbus Crew
28GMatt Lampson
21DChad Barson
16DEric Gehrig
14DChad Marshall
2DTyson Wahl
13MEthan Finlay
20MWill Trapp
7MBernardo Anor
9MJustin Meram
26FRyan Finley
11FDominic Oduro
Houston Dynamo
1GTally Hall
8DKofi Sarkodie
32DBobby Boswell
5DWarren Creavalle
26DCorey Ashe
16MAdam Moffat
14MJason Johnson
20MAndrew Driver
11MBrad Davis
12FWill Bruin
15FCam Weaver
24Agustin Viana
6Tony Tchani
19Konrad Warzycha
17Ben Speas
25Jairo Arrieta
40Daniel Withrow
32Shawn Sloan
23Giles Barnes
25Brian Ching
6Mike Chabala
22Brian Ownby
28Erich Marscheider
10Alexander López
21Anthony Arena
  Brian Bliss
  Dominic Kinnear

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RefereeJair Marrufo  
Assistant RefereeFrank Anderson  
Assistant RefereeFabio Tovar  
Fourth OfficialChris Penso  
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
7:30 PM
Columbus Crew Stadium

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Crew didn't just make Brian Bliss a winner in his head-coaching debut, they may have rescued their playoff hopes. Justin Meram and rookie Ryan Finley both scored as Columbus defeated the Houston Dynamo 2-0 at Crew Stadium on Wednesday night.

Finley scored his first professional goal right out of halftime and Meram added an insurance tally with 16 minutes to go to snap a two-game losing streak for the Crew in their first match after Robert Warzycha was relieved of his coaching duties on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Dynamo dropped their third game in their last five and missed a chance to surge back into the playoff picture. Houston should've seized the advantage from the get-go, but Will Bruin missed three chances in the first 11 minutes to put the visitors on the board.

Just a minute in, the Dynamo forward leapt into a wide open breakaway past Columbus defender Eric Gehrig and cut to his right past Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson. Bruin had less time than he thought, however, and his light shot was saved off the line by a sliding Chad Barson to keep the game scoreless. 

Bruin then missed two more one-on-one opportunities with Lampson in the next 10 minutes while abusing Gehrig, leaving Columbus fortunate to stay level.

But Columbus surged into the driver's seat immediately in the second half, putting Houston on their heels despite losing holding midfielder Wil Trapp to a knee injury. In the 47th minute, Bernardo Añor found Meram with a beautiful diagonal pass, and the third-year man unselfishly played a ball across the six-yard box for Finley to tuck away. 

Moments later, the Crew squandered a chance to take a 2-0 lead, when they were awarded a penalty kick for Bobby Boswell's tug of Dominic Oduro's shirt as the speedster surged into the box. But Finley put his ensuing spot kick directly at Dynamo 'keeper Tally Hall.

The Crew made up for the blown opportunity in the 74th minute, when Meram found himself with the ball on the outside of the box after Finley appeared to misplay a shot opportunity off Oduro's cross from the right wing. Meram faked to his right, and cut back to his unfavored left foot, and slid a low shot past Hall to the far post, giving the Crew a 2-0 lead that they did not relinquish. 

With the win, Columbus improve to 9-13-5, their 32 points now five behind Houston and the New England Revolution, who are tied for the final playoff spot. The Crew next travel to face Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

Houston drop to 10-9-7, and head home for a crucial Eastern Conference clash with New York on Sunday. Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Justin Meram Classy performance from third-year man, with unselfish dish on the opener and a sweet finish for the capper.
2 Bernardo Añor Venezuelan midfielder created the first goal with pretty flick, then pulled strings for the rest of the evening.
3 Chad Barson His sliding goal-line stop of Will Bruin in the first minute changed the narrative of the entire game; Homegrown defender wasn't bad on other side of the ball, either.