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Columbus Crew SC secure first win ahead of match vs. Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo travel to Ohio this Saturday to face Columbus Crew SC (6:30 p.m. CT; KUBE TV), who notched their first win of 2016 last weekend.

Columbus defeated New York City FC 3-2 at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday. Justin Meram provided two assists then scored the game winner in the 80th minute. Here's what Owen Coyle had to say about Crew SC:

“[Crew head coach] Gregg (Berhalter) has done a wonderful job for a number of years at Columbus Crew and built a very exciting attack-minded side. I think it will be an unbelievable game when we go to play there because we are attack minded, as you know. I think there will be plenty of inventive, attacking play and plenty of pace on display because both teams have real threats. He looks to push the fullbacks high and we think we’ve got good wingers as well. We’ll understand that Columbus will pass and move the ball in different areas and look to build it from the back.

"For us, it’s an opportunity to get back on the road and show the level of performance to get the points that we’ve merited in those (previous) road games. We know it’s only a matter of time before the performance on the road results in three points and winning games because we are more than capable of doing that. Kei Kamara played against me for Middlesbrough in England and has scored some wonderful goals. I know Federico Higuain is a wonderful player as well. I also like Ethan Finlay in the wide areas, along with Justin Meram. They have (Harrison) Afful, who likes to get forward in the wide areas, and very good central midfield players in (Tony) Tchani and (Wil) Trapp. This is a very good side, they didn’t go to the MLS Cup Final by accident, and truth be told, will probably feel unfortunate not to win it.”