An early aim from Corey Baird and a late one from Aliyu Ibrahim helped Houston defeat Columbus 2-0 on Wednesday to increase the Dynamo’s house dominance over the Crew.
The Dynamo (11-10-5, 38 factors) improved to 7-1-7 all time at house towards Columbus.
Baird scored within the 14th minute and Ibrahim’s aim within the ninetieth minute was on a breakaway from a move by Hector Herrera because the Crew (12-8-6, 42 factors) pressed for the equalizer.
Steve Clark made three saves for his twelfth shutout of the season because the Dynamo received their third straight.
Columbus, which entered the match tied with St. Louis Metropolis for essentially the most targets in MLS, was shut out for the second time this season. Patrick Schulte made 4 saves.
The Crew are 2-7-3 on the highway.
The Crew made 5 lineup adjustments and regarded the half with a disorganized first half and Houston made them pay for it.
Griffin Dorsey discovered Baird on a timed run that put him behind the again line in stride with solely Schulte to beat. Schulte made the preliminary save together with his proper hand however Baird settled the rebound and calmly deposited it into the web for his seventh aim.
The lead almost doubled on the 25-minute mark. Baird arrange Franco Escobar on the left aspect of the field. Schulte made a save on the close to put up that bounced to Herrera, whose shot from 18 yards hit the crossbar.
Columbus got here to life simply earlier than the break. Max Arfsten within the second minute of stoppage time pressured a save by Clark on the bottom-left nook for the Crew’s first shot on aim and fewer than two minutes later Cucho Hernadez despatched an open header off a nook kick over the bar.
The Crew did not have one other likelihood till Hernandez had a redirect from 18 yards that Clark stopped.
— Area Stage Media