The Dynamo have fallen out of the Eastern Conference's playoff places but can make headway with a home win over a Columbus side that was just sold to new ownership.
|Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Davis, Clark, Moffat, Boniek Garcia; Barnes, Bruin.
OUT: Brian Ching (L adductor strain), Calen Carr (L knee)
QUESTIONABLE: Anthony Arena (R ankle sprain), Omar Cummings (R
|Columbus (4-4-1-1): Gruenebaum; Williams, Marshall, O'Rourke, Viana; Oduro, Sanchez, Trapp, Anor, Higuain; Arrieta.
OUT: Eddie Gaven (L ACL rupture), Glauber (L ACL rupture), Eric Gehrig (R Ankle Sprain), Aaron Schoenfeld (R Shoulder Sprain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- This is the second meeting this year between the two teams this season. They played to a 1-1 draw on June 1. Federico Higuain netted the equalizer for Columbus after Warren Creavalle had given the Dynamo a first-half lead.
- The Crew were purchased by Anthony Precourt and Precourt Sports Ventures this week for a reported $68 million from original team owner Hunt Sports Group.
- Columbus let three points slip away in its last game, conceding two goals in the final minutes to Toronto FC to drop a 2-1 result.
- The match came on the heels of a game against the New England Revolution in which the Crew conceded twice in second-half stoppage time to lose 2-0.
- Houston has fallen out of the Eastern Conference's playoff places, but is level on points with fifth-place New England and holds a game in hand.
- The Dynamo have just one loss in their last five games (2-1-2) and welcome Will Bruin back from U.S. national team Gold Cup duty.