MLS Game Summary - Houston at Columbus|
(Saturday, July 24, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Columbus 3, Houston 0
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Columbus Crew extended their lead atop
Major League Soccer's Eastern table with a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on
Saturday night at Crew Stadium.
Edgar Renteria scored in the first half, and Andy Iro and Leandre Griffit
added goals in the final 10 minutes to help the Crew (10-3-4) to their second
straight league win and 10th of the season overall.
After the teams battled to a stalemate for the first half-hour, Renteria took
advantage of a mistake by Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall, who was starting
because of an abdomen injury to veteran Pat Onstad.
Hall, who was making just his second MLS start, misplayed a long ball at the
top of the Houston penalty area and fell to the turf, allowing Renteria to
scoop up the loose ball and walk into the net for his fourth goal of the
season in the 34th minute.
The Dynamo's chances of coming back took a hit late in the second half when
central defender Bobby Boswell picked up his second yellow for a hard foul on
Renteria, forcing his team to play a man down the rest of the way.
The Crew capitalized in the 84th minute when Iro deflected a Guillermo Barros
Schelotto free kick past Hall for his third goal of the season.
Late substitute Griffit collected a Schelotto rebound in the area and slotted
home his first MLS goal to make it 3-0 in the closing seconds.
The Dynamo (5-8-4), who are now winless in their last seven MLS fixtures, will
try to earn the full points when they host Red Bull New York next Saturday,
while the Crew travel to take on Chivas USA later the same night in their next
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