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Crew SC fall 3-1 to Houston

Columbus suffers stinging loss

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew SC is still winless on the year after they fell to the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening 3-1 behind goals from Romell Quioto, Alberth Elis, and Cubo Torres.

Houston scored early after Wil Trapp’s back pass to Zack Steffen in the 2nd minute put him under pressure. Steffen failed to see a closing Quioto and the pass was easily intercepted and the Honduran fired a shot past the exposed Steffen.

Crew SC would find some success as they pushed forward immediately after the goal. Columbus would fire off eight shots when it was 1-0, including a shot by Federico Higuain to force a corner and then a header by Jonathan that forced an excellent save immediately following in a flurry of activity in the 28th minute.

The Dynamo withstood the pressure and extended the lead minutes later as Alex would send in a corner that found an unmarked Elis. The near post run of Torres had peeled off Justin Meram and Artur, leaving Elis with the easy finish in the 35th minute.

Houston found several chances early in the second half as Columbus pushed forward, but it wasn’t until a 64th minute counter attack sparked by an excellent Alex pass and a fantastic Cubo finish that the Dynamo could extend the lead to 3-0.

Columbus did get a consolation goal late in stoppage time as Meram was able to send in a pass for Ola Kamara to bundle into the goal. The goal, the final kick of the game, came far to late to affect the outcome.

When it was over

After piling on attacking pressure, the Dynamo scored off a corner kick in the 35th minute to make it 2-0. Columbus flailed after that, but never threatened to make a game of it.

What the result means

This early in the season there is still plenty of time to get everything clicking and move up the conference table, but this bears striking similarities to the 2016 season in many ways: costly errors, defensive breakdowns, and possession without purpose. The pressure will be growing to show that this season’s team can get back into the playoff picture.

What’s next for Crew SC

The 0-1-1 Crew SC will be heading to face D.C. United next Saturday evening looking for their first win. Two incidents also bear watching this week. Jonathan’s his 87th minute red card may be appealed and Harrison Afful was substituted at halftime.