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  • May 7, 2014
  • • 8:00 PM
  • • BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
  • Referee: J. Gonzalez
  • • Attendance: 15030

Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis

MLS Preview: Houston Dynamo - Columbus Crew

Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis

Scott Halleran

A midweek match pits two Eastern Conference teams that have shown promise at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Houston Dynamo (3-4-2) welcome the Columbus Crew (3-2-3) in a midweek match between two Eastern Conference clubs that have been up-and-down in the early portion of the season (8 p.m. ET, MLS Live).

Wednesday's visitors came into the season with high expectations from new manager Gregg Berhalter, who made several offseason acquisitions with an eye toward improving from the back forward. Goalkeeper Steve Clark and center backs Michael Parkhurst and Giancarlo Gonzalez increased fans' hopes when they helped the team run off three consecutive wins to start the season, but the club hasn't picked up three points since.

The Dynamo are coming off a 4-1 victory against Chivas USA, their first win since mid-March. Giles Barnes scored his first two goals of the season, and Brad Davis also made his first breakthrough and assisted Will Bruin's fifth of the season. Historically, the club has been one of the best in the league at home, and it will hope to recapture that form Wednesday after drawing its most recent contest in front of its own fans and losing the one before that.

Young Columbus midfielder Wil Trapp is unavailable after being sent off in the Crew's 2-0 defeat at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, and Berhalter may make other alterations to his side with a second match in just four days and a home match against Vancouver on Saturday. The Crew haven't shown much depth, with only 13 different players starting the Crew's eight matches.

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1Tally HallGoalkeeper
8Kofi SarkodieDefender
16AJ. CochranDefender
18David HorstDefender
26Corey AsheDefender
11Brad DavisMidfielder
17Servando CarrascoMidfielder
20Andrew DriverMidfielder
23Giles BarnesMidfielder
27B. GarcíaMidfielder
12Will BruinStriker
24Tyler DericGoalkeeper
-Warren CreavalleMidfielder
3Anthony ArenaDefender
10A. LópezMidfielder
22Brian OwnbyStriker
15Mark SherrodStriker
7Omar CummingsStriker
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3Josh WilliamsDefender
4Michael ParkhurstDefender
5Giancarlo GonzálezDefender
14W. FrancisDefender
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
7Bernardo AnorMidfielder
24A. VianaDefender
-Dominic OduroStriker
10Federico HiguaínStriker
19J. ArrietaStriker
28Matt LampsonGoalkeeper
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