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 MLS fixture.

07/24 21:43:20 ET