Dynamo shuts out Crew, remain unbeaten at home


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Dynamo player Tomas Martinez shaken up on the play falls down on the field.

Frederick Barnes, Staff Writer

The Houston Dynamo defeated Columbus Crew Saturday night at the BBVA Compass Stadium. Anticipation for the game was very intense with fans showing full support wearing their orange Dynamo jerseys.

The Houston Dynamo (4 and 0 at home), wasted very little time scoring. Within the first three minutes the Houston Dynamo Mauro Manotas received a wide cross pass and connected with a heel flick that was just enough to score the goal.

The Dynamo continued to apply pressure, however, they played great defense at the other end of the field and Columbus seemed to have no answer. One Dynamo fan could be heard yelling at a Columbus player saying, “You should be moving faster than that if your team is behind.”

As time was dwindling down in the first half, Columbus swung the ball across mid field, but it was stolen by Dynamo forward Tomas Martinez. Martinez nearly scored another goal before the end of the first half. At the beginning of the second half attempted shots but they were rejected by Dynamo goal keeper Joe Willis. The Dynamo received a free kick opportunity around the 52nd minute but were unable to capitalize.

But a couple of minutes later Manotas fired a shot at Columbus goal keeper Zack Steffen, who parried the shot that bounced to Dynamo player Martinez who scored the second goal for the Dynamo. The game started to turn very physical and the Dynamo were playing like it was the playoffs.

Although it seemed the Dynamo were outshot by Columbus the Dynamo created the more dangerous chances throughout the night. The Crew are struggling to score goals. The Black and Gold ended their 10th match of the season with just eight goals scored, the worst record in the league for teams with as many games played.

By comparison, The Houston Dynamo has scored 13 goals with seven games played. After the Dynamo game Columbus head coach Caleb Porter admitted he needed more offensive power and that he would start looking for solutions outside the roster; only if the new ownership group were willing to reach into their pockets and make a good impression. The Crew has never been a high-spending franchise according to the sports blog massivereport.com. The Houston Dynamo on the other hand have invested heavily on Mid-South and Central American talent to fill its offensive spots.

The Dynamo moved to Houston from San Jose in December 2005 and played their first season in Houston in 2006. The club won consecutive MLS Cup Championships in 2006-2007 and the Lamar Hunt U.S open cup in 2018. Major League Soccer was officially formed in February 1995 as a Limited Liability Company. The MLS began with only ten teams one of which was Columbus Crew. Columbus Crew has been in the MLS nine years more than the Dynamo. But the experience could not produce a win Saturday night against the Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo will face FC Dallas this Saturday May 4th, 2019 at the BBVA Compass stadium. Tickets are as low as $24 and can be purchased on the Houston Dynamo website.