The Crew cling to their playoff hopes and Seattle go marching on
Columbus Crew 2 Houston Dynamo 0
The Crew snapped their two game losing run and got Interim Coach’s Brian Bliss reign off to a successful beginning. After a scoreless first half which could have being so different, especially for the visitors if Will Bruin had not missed three chances in the first 11 minutes, Rookie Ryan Finley got Columbus on their way when he scored his first professional goal 2 minutes after the interval.
Bernardo Añor found Justin Meram with a beautiful diagonal pass, and he unselfishly played a ball across the six-yard box for Finley to tuck away. 3 minutes later and he had the chance for his second after Bobby Boswell’s tug of Dominic Oduro’s shirt as the speedster surged into the box. But Finley put his ensuing spot kick directly at Dynamo keeper Tally Hall.
After 74 minutes though the points were wrapped up when Meram turned from supplier to goal-scorer. After the ball found it’s way to him at the top of the box, after a wayward shot by Finley, from a right wing cross from Oduro, he cut inside to shoot past Hall as the Crew pulled within five points of New England in the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, but they have now played one game more.
Houston who have now dropped three of their last five outings missed the chance to move into the playoffs spots and continue to sit sixth level on points with the Revolution.
Seattle Sounders 1 Chivas USA 0
The hosts claimed their third win on the spin as they moved level on points with second place LA and still have a game in hand. Lamar Neagle got the only goal of the match but it was certainly a worthy match winner. Marc Burch curled a superb free-kick which Neagle controlled off his thigh just outside the six yard box before unleashing a fabulous strike to beat Dan Kennedy in the Chivas goal. The visitors best chance came in the 80th minute when Bobby Burling placed a header off a free kick just wide of the goal post as they saw their two game unbeaten run ended.
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