HOUSTON — The Houston Dynamo have a winning streak for the second time this season after a Will Bruin goal gave them a 1-0 victory against the Columbus Crew at BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday night.
It follows a 4-1 Dynamo win against Chivas USA, which snapped a six-match winless streak.
Jairo Arrieta in the 25th minute had the best chance of a slow-starting half, getting on the end of a diagonal pass from Dominic Oduro and stinging the palms of Tally Hall, who collected the rebound before it could find a dangerous position.
Five minutes later it was again Oduro trying to get an assist, receiving a pass from Federico Higuain and putting in a dangerous cross that had to be cleared by David Horst.
Higuain hit the resulting corner to Giancarlo Gonzalez, and the Costa Rican international forced a save from Hall. The rebound fell to countryman Jairo Arrieta, who should've scored, but the Houston keeper again was equal to the task.
Following a quiet first half, Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark was significantly busier after the break. The Dynamo almost immediately won a corner that came to nothing, but the home side kept the pressure up and found a reward.
Davis took a free kick and found Will Bruin, left open after Waylon Francis ran into Andrew Driver in the box. Bruin got the back of his head to the ball and put in the opening goal, marking the third straight match in which he has scored.
Francis attempted to atone for his error in the 57th minute with his long-range effort forcing Hall to tip over the bar. The keeper again answered the call moments later when Arrieta made another strong attempt from a Higuan ball but was thwarted.
The teams began to show the signs of weariness associated with a midweek match but buzzed to life after the 80th minute. The Crew had their best chance of the match when Justin Meram stormed down the center of the pitch and fired a shot that thumped against the post.
It was Houston that had the best opportunity in stoppage time. While Clark kept the margin to one goal, he could do nothing to keep the Crew from slumping to a sixth-straight match without a victory.
- Sports & Recreation
- Houston Dynamo
- Columbus Crew
- Jairo Arrieta
- Tally Hall
- Dominic Oduro
- Will Bruin
- Federico Higuain