Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Crew

Houston looking to break hex vs. Eastern Conference foe

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THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew
Saturday, August 21, 6:30 p.m. CT
Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

All-time series: Crew lead 4-2-6 (Crew lead 3-1-2 at Columbus)

BROADCAST INFORMATION
KPRC Local 2 - 6 p.m. (Comcast: 12/HD 612; AT&T Uverse: 2/HD 1002; DirecTV: 2; Dish: SD 2)
KBME 790 - 6 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 6 p.m. 

PREVIEW
The next stop on the Houston Dynamo’s season-opening road show is Crew Stadium, where they meet the Columbus Crew in an Eastern Conference encounter. The Crew are coming off back-to-back losses, last a 1-0 defeat by Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. The Dynamo came off a two-week layoff last weekend, playing to a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire in a weather-shortened match at Toyota Park.

REFEREE 
Chris Penso. SAR (bench): Jeff Muschik; JAR (opposite): Frank Anderson; 4th: Fotis Bazakos MLS Career: 16 games; FC/gm: 23.2; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 5; pens: 10

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM
COLUMBUS CREW -- OUT: FW Ben Speas (sports hernia rehab); DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab); FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); DF Julius James (illness); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery); DOUBTFUL: MF Dilly Duka (L hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain); MF Kevan George (concussion); PROBABLE: DF Carlos Mendes (R hamstring strain) ... HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: MF Brad Davis (L calf strain); FW Brian Ownby (L elbow dislocation)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (12 meetings): Crew 4 wins, 15 goals ... Dynamo 2 wins, 11 goals ... Ties 6
AT COLUMBUS (6 meetings): Crew 3 wins, 10 goals ... Dynamo 1 win, 6 goals ... Ties 2
RETURN MATCH: 8/19: Houston Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew, 8 p.m. CT

LAST YEAR (MLS)

  • 6/18: HOU 0, CLB 2 (Mendoza 41; Anor 77) 9/14: CLB 2, HOU 2 (Mendoza 64, 76 – Watson 34; Carr 86)
  • The Dynamo haven’t defeated the Crew since a 2-0 win Aug. 2, 2008. The Crew have won three of the last six meetings, with three draws.
  • The Crew had a three-game winning streak vs. Houston at Crew Stadium before the clubs played to a 2-2 draw in the second meeting a year ago.
  • The Crew’s win at Robertson Stadium last year was their first ever. The teams had played to draws in four of the first five encounters there; the Dynamo won 2-0 on Aug. 2, 2008.
  • Coaches record: Robert Warzycha vs. HOU: P6 W3 L0 D3 ... Dominic Kinnear vs. CLB: P16 W4 L6 D6