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Crew SC, with rare three-game losing streak, travels to Houston

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY David Cath; COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

finishes stretch of three matches in eight days against one of MLS’ tough home teams

 

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (4-4-1, 13 pts.) travels to face the Houston Dynamo (4-1-1, 13 pts.) at BBVA Compass Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, April 27. The match begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on SportsTime Ohio and streamed on FOX Sports GO, featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Ashley Collins on the call. Coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 1460 AM ESPN & 97.1 HD2 and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website,ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The match against the Houston Dynamo is the lone regular-season meeting between the clubs in 2019 and marks the Crew’s third match in a span of eight days.

Columbus Crew SC ventures to Houston to take on a Dynamo side that has proven itself among the best teams in Major League Soccer at home since last summer, while the Black & Gold look to avoid their first four-match losing streak since 2005.

After losing three straight at home last summer, Houston is 6-1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium since, averaging 2.3 goals per game.

Offensively for Houston, both forward Alberth Elis and midfielder Memo Rodriguez lead the team with four goals while forward Mauro Manotas holds a team-high four assists – two of which were game-winners – in addition to two goals. As a team, the Dynamo are completing 71.7 percent of their passes in the final third and 75.7% in the opponent’s half, fourth and fifth best in the league, respectively.

Columbus (4-4-1, 13 pts), meanwhile, enters Saturday’s match with a 1-2-0 road record, having most recently dropped an away tilt at Montreal via a 1-0 score line. Since Crew SC’s setback against the Impact, the Club has gone 0-2-0 in two consecutive home matches despite overall solid play.

Historically, Columbus has recorded one win in 12 games at BBVA Compass Stadium, while Houston holds an all-time home record of 5-1-6 against the Black & Gold. Crew SC’s last match in Houston came on March 11, 2017, with the Dynamo prevailing 3-1.

Through six games this season, the Dynamo (4-1-1, 13 pts.) have totaled 13 goals, the second-most in the League of any team who has played six games or less (Toronto, 18). Of those 13 goals, eight have come at BBVA Compass Stadium. Notably, however, is that Houston is unbeaten at home this season with a 3-0-1 record, but has conceded at least one goal in each of their six overall matches.

Meanwhile, the Crew come into the weekend ranked in the top five League-wide in corners (39), successful open crosses (15), and successful corners into the box (9).

On the defensive end for Columbus, Zack Steffen has saved 82.9% of the shots he has faced this season, the best of any keeper (min. 400 mins played), while as a team, the Crew have conceded nine goals (t-5th in MLS) and posted four shutouts (t-2nd).

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BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Dynamo 2012 photo By Paul Duron, Houtexusa at English Wikipedia, https commons.wikimedia.org