It’s a Saturday night matchup in the Space City between two teams in different galaxies. The Columbus Crew took that one small step for an MLS team, making the MLS Cup playoffs while opponents the Houston Dynamo has had trouble igniting its launch up the table. This will be the Crew’s fifth and final regular season game against a Western Conference team and the second trip to Texas this fall.
The Black & Gold broke their winless run last Sunday with a 3-1 victory at MAPFRE Stadium against New York City FC. The push for the number one seed is now the team’s main target. Columbus’ last trip to Texas was back in early October where the team drew FC Dallas 2-2 in Frisco.
Since the MLS regular season restart, the Dynamo have had up and down stretches. After a three-game winning streak in early September, Houston has only won one of their last 10 matches out West to leave them outside playoff positioning. They are only one point outside of the top-eight with four matches to go.
Injuries and suspensions:
Crew: Defender Vito Wormgoor and Forward Fanendo Adi are OUT.
Dynamo: Forward Michael Salazar is OUT.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: BBVA Stadium - Houston, Texas
TV: SportsTime Ohio, QuestTEXAS Ch. 55
Radio: English: 97.1 The Fan - Spanish: Columbus Crew YouTube
Streaming: ESPN+, DAZN App
2. Philadelphia Union (19 GP, 38 Pts)
3. Columbus Crew (18 GP, 34 Pts)
4. Orlando City (18 GP, 32 Pts)
8. Vancouver Whitecaps (19 GP, 21 Pts)
9. Real Salt Lake (18 GP, 21 Pts)
10. Houston Dynamo (19 GP, 20 Pts)
Around the league:
It’s another full weekend of MLS action with 10 games on Saturday and one big derby on Sunday. For Saturday, the headline matches are in Miami and Philadelphia. Down in Florida, Gonzalo Higuain and Inter Miami host local rivals Orlando City SC in the Florida Derby. In the City of Brotherly Love, it’s a battle between the top two teams in the East as the Philadelphia Union takes on Toronto FC.
(x = Clinched)
1 (x) Toronto FC vs. Nashville/Montreal/Chicago
2 (x) Philadelphia Union vs. Red Bulls/Nashville/Montreal
3 (x) Columbus Crew vs. 6 New York City FC
4 (x) Orlando City vs. 5 New England Revolution
4 Los Angeles FC vs. 5 Minnesota United
Last five matches:
April 27, 2019: Houston Dynamo 2, Columbus Crew 0 (BBVA Stadium)
August 11, 2018: Columbus Crew 1, Houston Dynamo 0 (MAPFRE Stadium)
March 11, 2017: Houston Dynamo 3, Columbus Crew 1 (BBVA Stadium)
April 23, 2016: Columbus Crew 1, Houston Dynamo 0 (MAPFRE Stadium)
March 7, 2015: Houston Dynamo 1, Columbus Crew 0 (BBVA Stadium)