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Columbus Crew Drop Third Straight; Lose to Houston Dynamo

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Plumbing the depths.

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus lost their third straight, but this time they didn't leave it late to fall behind. Houston scored two first half goals to hold on to fifth in the East and confirm the Crew's status as also-rans.

Houston would jump out early with Gilles Barnes picking up a deflected ball and tearing through the static Crew back line. Chad Marshall recovered to attempt to tackle, but he clipped Barnes leg and took him down in the box for the penalty.

Brad Davis would convert the spot kick to give Houston the lead in the 10th minute.

The Crew enjoyed a long stretch of possession and got off a couple shots at goal including an excellent chance for Jairo Arrieta in the 13th minute that he blasted at Tally Hall.

The Dynamo again pressed. Oscar Boniek Garcia pressed Agustin Viana at midfield forcing a turnover. Houston quickly got numbers forward, creating a three on two break. Garcia found Bruin to double the lead in the 31st minute.

Columbus would nearly got a goal back before the half as Federico Higuain ripped a free kick off the upright in the 38th minute.

The Crew would make it interesting with a quarter hour to go as Kevan George would slip a pass into Ryan Finley. The ball popped up and Finley forced a Houston own goal to cut the lead to 2-1.

Any hope of points would be quashed as Cam Weaver would ensure the win with a 85th minute one-time rocket off of a Will Bruin layoff.

The loss drops the Crew to 6-11-5 and 23 points. A total they've been stuck on since their July 7th win against the Portland Timbers. Columbus has gone from the fringe of the playoffs to ten points behind the Dynamo. With 13 games left in the season, the playoffs are achievable in theory only.