The Columbus Crew went in to Houston on Saturday night and earned a crucial win.
Andres Mendoza and Bernardo Anor did the damage for Columbus and a Lovel Palmer ejection left Houston with a hill to big to climb with just 10 men.
“We all came out flat and gave up a terrible goal," Houston manager Dominic Kinnear was quoted as saying on the club's official website. "As a unit, both individually and collectively, we were off. And when you are, your chances are very slim.”
On a night when Dynamo star Brad Davis made his 200th appearance in MLS both clubs were forced to deal with the oppressive Texas heat and came out slowly.
Just before the break Arnor slid Mendoza through and Columbus went to halftime clutching a 1-0 lead.
Things got worse for Houston just after the break when Palmer picked up his second yellow of the night and was shown his marching orders. In the 77th Arnor put the match to bed and rounded out a good personal night with a great attacking run which ended with a shot at Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall. Hall made the first save but couldn't keep out the rebound.
The win leaves Columbus in sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference and puts the pressure on Houston to find a bit of consistency with its results.
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