banner

Soccer

more stats

Columbus set for clash with Houston

Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - With two months remaining in the MLS regular season, both the Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew are gearing up for a playoff push as the two sides square off at Crew Stadium on Saturday.

Columbus comes into the fixture in fourth place in the Eastern Conference having won three of its last five matches, while Houston has won two of three games and could be set for another late-season surge.

The Dynamo may reside in a tie for eighth place with Chicago in the East, but Dominic Kinnear's team is just three points from a playoff spot.

In recent years Kinnear's team has developed a reputation for coming on strong at the end of the season and carrying that form over into the playoffs, and he will hope that this year is no different.

After going through an eight-game winless skid from the middle of May until after the World Cup break in July, Kinnear has seen his team capture a pair of quality wins over D.C. United and Philadelphia this month. And another three points against the Crew on Saturday would continue that positive momentum.

Houston notched a 2-0 win over the Union last weekend thanks to a goal from Will Bruin in the 51st minute and an own goal from Philadelphia's Raymon Gaddis in the 90th.

The win has Houston right back in the mix in the East, and goalkeeper Tally Hall sees no reason why his team can't keep winning games as the season edges toward the final months.

"We have a little bit of momentum building, we're looking to push that forward," said Hall. "I want to win every single game we have left, that's our goal. It's highly unlikely, but the simple fact is, I look at every single game and think: we can win that game."

The Crew is coming off their best performance of the season, a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy that keeps the team in playoff position.

Justin Meram scored in the 23rd minute before turning provider for Ethan Finlay's goal 10 minutes later.

Gyasi Zardes scored early in the second half for the Galaxy, but Columbus finished strong with goals from Ben Speas and Giancarlo Gonzalez, giving the team its first four-goal match of the campaign.

Columbus closes the season with nine of its final 10 games against Eastern Conference opposition beginning with Houston, and midfielder Tony Tchani looks at that stretch in a very simple way.

"From now on, we just need to beat all the teams in the Eastern Conference," Tchani said after the win over the Galaxy. "We're playing against them; we're not playing against the Western Conference. It's always good to have those wins, but if we can beat the Eastern Conference teams, that will help us push it into the playoffs."

Based on recent history the Crew should have a good chance at keeping their momentum going on Saturday as the club is unbeaten at home against Houston in the last seven meetings between the sides at Crew Stadium.

08/22 14:07:40 ET

Other Stories

  • ACC: North Carolina vs. Miami

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego vs. Miami

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida vs. Georgia

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Saturday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

    Tonight at 8:25 on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Duke at Pittsburgh

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State at Syracuse

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Carolina Hurricanes vs Arizona Coyotes

    Saturday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tomorrow at 11:35 pm

Scoreboard
Local
8:25pm Tonight
CAR
NOS
1st
ORL 14
WAS 14
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
DET
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
NYK
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
UTA
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
OKC
7:30pm Tonight
LOU
FSU
7:30pm Tonight
GASO
TROY
1st
BUF 0
BOS 0
 
1st
PIT 0
LOS 0
 
1st
NJD 0
WIN 1
 
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
ARI
7:30pm Tonight
OTT
CHI
7:30pm Tonight
TAM
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
ANA
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
SJS
9:00pm Tonight
COL
NYI
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
MON
8:25pm Tonight
CAR
NOS