The Columbus Crew Tie the Houston Dynamo

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus once again fails to secure a home win on a dominant performance.

It was the familiar script, another dominant performance at home, another game with points dropped as the Crew gave up a first half goal and had to come from behind to tie the Houston Dynamo 1-1.

The Crew would have a very good early chance as Federico Higuain would feed Justin Meram. Meram would cruise past the Houston defense and have a clear chance on goal. He paused enough to be caught from behind and was dispossessed. The referee didn't award a penalty.

It was Higuain to Meram again to spur the next chance just minutes later. The Argentine zipped another pass to free up Meram who was held up by Clark. Playing the advantage, Meram found Jairo Arrieta who slipped the ball to Dominic Oduro. Oduro's shot went just high.

The Crew's early failure to convert their chances would again come back to haunt them as Houston would strike first. Kofi Sarkodi would split the Crew left side defense and zip a cross into Warren Creavalle. Creavalle side footed a shot that easily beat a stranded Andy Gruenebaum.

Columbus would respond to going behind with pressure in earnest. Arrieta would get a chance to put a half volley on frame, but his off balance shot allowed Tally Hall enough time to cover.

Just before halftime, Higuain would fire in a bullet at Hall that forced a parry. He moved quickly to cover Arrieta's rebound shot to keep the Crew off the board.

The Dynamo would be content to cede the ball to the Crew during the second half and the home side would press. Columbus has several half chances to equalize, but the Houston defense bent, but didn't break as the Crew piled on the pressure.

The breakthrough would come in the 69th minute with Higuain on the ball. With the defense collapsing on him, he slipped a pass through the defender's feet to Matias Sanchez. Sanchez found Chad Barson who faked a pass, but then drove at goal. He was brought down by Andrew Driver for a clear penalty. Higuain drove the ball home to tie the game.

Higuain, sensing blood pressed for the go ahead goal. He would rip a bending shot that would ring off the post in the 74th minute. Meram would clip the close range rebound high and wide.

The Crew continued to press for the winner and would get a couple late chances. Aaron Schoenfeld would fire a cross that would be tipped wide by Hall. The resulting corner would be headed just over by Konrad Warzycha. The Crew wouldn't get another chance during the four minutes of stoppage time.

Columbus left points on the table at home again. They've won a single home game in six tries leaving them tied for the second worst home record in the league. Only D.C. United is worse. The Crew now head to PPL Park to take on the fifth place Philadelphia Union. A win would get them back into playoff position.

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