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September 4, 2013 7:30 PM EDT
Columbus Crew Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 14360‎
 
47′ Ryan Finley
 
74′ Justin Meram
 

Columbus Crew 2-0 Houston Dynamo: Bliss triumphs in opener as coach

The interim boss saw his side grab three crucial points thanks to goals from youngsters Ryan Finley and Justin Meram.

By Thomas Floyd

Brad Davis, Houston Dyamo, MLS
Patrick McDermott
Trusting a slew of youngsters in his first match as interim coach, Brian Bliss saw his faith handsomely rewarded as the Columbus Crew picked up a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday.

Rookie Ryan Finley, 22, opened the scoring with his first goal and 24-year-old Justin Meram contributed a goal and an assist as Columbus (9-13-5) moved within five points of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot -- a place Houston (10-9-7) remains tied for.

The opening 11 minutes made for a stint Will Bruin will want to soon forget, as the Houston striker got behind the defense three times but couldn't finish on any occasion. Columbus, meanwhile, in the first half came closest to scoring when Dominic Oduro's breakaway was stoned by goalkeeper Tally Hall.

The Crew took the lead two minutes after halftime. Collecting a chip down the left flank from Bernardo Anor, Meram hit a low service that Finley smashed into the roof of the net.

Finley had a chance to make it a quick brace four minutes later when Columbus was granted a penalty kick for a minimal shirt tug from Bobby Boswell on Oduro. Finley, however, fired his effort straight at Hall.

In the 72nd minute, the Crew again missed out on an insurance tally when Meram rang the crossbar with a bid from distance.

But Meram got his goal two minutes later, beating Kofi Sarkodie as he cut into the box and hit a far post shot past Hall.


Columbus Crew

28
Matt Lampson
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Tyson Wahl
Defender
 - 
14
Chad Marshall
Defender
 - 
16
Eric Gehrig
Defender
 - 
21
Chad Barson
Defender
77′
 - 
7
Bernardo Anor
Midfielder
 - 
13
Ethan Finlay
Midfielder
81′
 - 
20
William Trapp
Midfielder
39′
 - 
9
Justin Meram
Midfielder
74′
 - 
8
Dominic Oduro
Striker
 - 
26
Ryan Finley
Striker
47′ 76′
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Houston Dynamo

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1
Tally Hall
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
8
 - 
26
Corey Ashe
Defender
63′
 - 
32
 - 
6
Adam Moffat
Midfielder
 - 
11
Brad Davis
Midfielder
 - 
20
Andrew Driver
Midfielder
53′
 - 
14
Jason Johnson
Midfielder
76′
 - 
12
Will Bruin
Striker
 - 
23
Cam Weaver
Striker
88′

Substitutes

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Daniel Withrow
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
Tony Tchani
Midfielder
39′
 - 
-
 - 
24
A. Viana
Defender
 - 
-
Shawn Sloan
Midfielder
 - 
17
Ben Speas
Midfielder
 - 
19
J. Arrieta
Striker
76′
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Substitutes

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28
 - 
-
 - 
3
 - 
10
A. López
Midfielder
 - 
22
 - 
23
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Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Penalty Save
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  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
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Results
 
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E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
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Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1