The Dynamic Dynamo from Houston crushed Columbus Crew SC 3-1 on Saturday night behind goals from their big three of Quioto, Torres, and Elis.
It all started when Romell Quioto snatched a poor pass from Crew SC keeper Zack Steffen in the 2nd minute and buried the opening goal. It was a bad decision and a fatal error that would just be the start of the beating Crew SC would receive in rainy BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
Alberth Elis added a goal to Houston’s tally in the 35th minute when he slid into a low cross from teammate Alex, who had two assists on the evening. Erick “Cubo” Torres added a curving beauty in the 65th minute to make sure all of the “big three” for Houston had goals on the night.
A 3-0 win and shutout was spoiled by Crew SC’s Ola Kamara who poked a cross into the net during injury time which was one of the only positive’s for Columbus to take out of Saturdays contest. Although Columbus dominated possession, holding 60.4% of it, they couldn’t handle the counter-attacking style of Houston and their manager Wilmer Cabrera. Columbus also doubled Houston in shots taken, 14 to 7, and had more shots on target, 5 to 4. Yet Houston dominated the scoreline and never felt in danger of losing control of the match. Columbus even lost center-back Jonathan Mensah who picked up a red-card and will be suspended from Columbus’s next match.
This is not the way Columbus imagined beginning the 2017 season and will have a lot of questions to answer moving forward. Luckily for Columbus, this is the only time they will have to see the Dynamo this season, unless the teams meet in the MLS Cup Final.
Man of The Match
The Midfielder Alex for Houston was exquisite out of the midfield assisting on two goals. The Brazilian continues his brilliant work for Houston into the 2017 season.
Crew SC defender Nicolai Naess was the lone bright spot from a poor Columbus defense. The 24-year-old Norwegian is entering his second season in Columbus.
After a successful MLS debut 21-year-old goalkeeper Zack Steffen had a miserable day. The poorly executed pass to start the match along with allowing 3 out of the 4 shots on target to hit the back of the net made for a terrible second outing for Steffen.
Columbus will travel to D.C. United for a 7:00pm E.T. kick-off at RFK Stadium.
Houston will travel to hostile Portland for their first road game of the season. 10:30pm E.T. kick-off.
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