Live Gamethread: Columbus Crew vs Houston Dynamo

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

It's only been three days since their last match, but the Houston Dynamo are at it again, this time in Columbus to take on the Crew. A point puts the Dynamo in fifth, the full three puts them in fourth. This is one of the matches in hand everyone's been so glad to have - can the Dynamo take advantage of it?

THE BASICS:
Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew (DT preview)
Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m. CT
Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
CSN Houston - 6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. pregame) CHANNEL LISTINGS
Mega TV - 6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. pregame) CHANNEL LISTINGS
Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM - 6:00 p.m. (5:30 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 AM - 6:00 p.m. (5:30 p.m. pregame)

REFEREES:

Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Fabio Tovar; 4th: Chris Penso MLS Career: 154 games; FC/gm: 24.0; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 32; pens: 45

INJURY REPORT:

HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: Tyler Deric – Right thumb fracture; QUESTIONABLE: Omar Cummings – Left knee MCL sprain; Left knee; Ricardo Clark – Illness

COLUMBUS CREW -- OUT: Eddie Gaven – Left ACL surgery; Glauber – Left ACL surgery; Andy Gruenebaum – Left shoulder weakness; Matias Sanchez – Left calf strain; QUESTIONABLE: Aaron Schoenfeld – Right shoulder sprain; UNAVAILABLE: Federico Higuain (suspension); Danny O’Rourke (suspension)

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

  • ALL-TIME (16 meetings): Crew 4 wins, 21 goals ... Dynamo 3 wins, 19 goals ... Ties 9
  • AT COLUMBUS (8 meetings): Crew 3 wins, 13 goals ... Dynamo 1 win, 9 goals ... Ties 4
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Brad Davis, Will Bruin and Cam Weaver all scored for the Dynamo in a 3-1 win Aug. 3 at BBVA Compass Stadium; the teams played to a 1-1 draw June 1 in Houston as the Dynamo’s Warren Creavalle and Federico Higuain of Columbus traded goals.
  • The Dynamo win snapped a nine-game Crew unbeaten streak against the Dynamo. Houston had last defeated the Crew on Aug. 2, 2008; the teams had played to four consecutive draws.
  • It also snapped a four-game winless streak at home for the Dynamo vs. the Crew. Columbus had taken points from six of seven visits there all-time; the Dynamo’s only previous home win in the series came in 2008.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear vs. CLB: P20 W5 L6 T9 ... Brian Bliss vs. HOU: first game
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Short turnaround for the Dynamo. I know midweek fixtures can be hard, but feel free to stop by and cheer on your Dynamo as they try to make the most of a match in hand.
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