Houston is ahead of Columbus in the table, but injuries and international call-ups have left the Dynamo weakened.
|Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Greuenebaum; Williams, Gehrig, Glauber, Wahl; Oduro, O'Rourke, Tchani, Meram; Higauin, Schoenfield.
OUT: Chad Marshall (R hamstring strain), Augustin Viana (R hamstring strain), Eddie Gaven (L ACL tear)
QUESTIONABLE: Danny O’Rourke (L ankle sprain), Ben Speas (L hamstring strain)
|Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Hall; Sarkodie, Brunner, Clark, Chabala; Creavalle, Driver, Moffatt, Ashe; Bruin, Barnes.
OUT: Calen Carr (L knee), Omar Cummings (R knee), Cam Weaver (lower back)
QUESTIONABLE: Jermaine Taylor (L shoulder)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Houston is currently fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a 6-4-3 record.
- Columbus sits two spots behind in sixth, 4-4-4 on the season.
- The Crew overcame fellow Ohioan side Dayton Dutch Lions 2-1 in the Open Cup on Wednesday. Houston shut out FC Tucson 2-0
- Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven tore his ACL on Thursday, ruling him out for the rest of the 2013 MLS season.
- Houston defender Bobby Boswell is suspended for this match.