Zardes scores just in time for Crew to beat Dynamo

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© Reuters. MLS: Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew SC© Reuters. MLS: Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew SC

Gyasi Zardes scored a minute into second-half stoppage time to give the Columbus Crew a 1-0 victory against the visiting Houston Dynamo on Saturday to extend their winning streak to three games.

Zardes got his team-high 14th goal after taking an overhead pass from Harrison Afful in the middle of the box. The play was upheld after a video review for being offside.

“I took a touch and put it on frame,” Zardes said.

Zack Steffen made five saves for the Crew (11-7-6, 39 points) for his eighth shutout of the season.

The undermanned Dynamo (7-10-6, 27 points) lost their fourth straight and have one win in the past nine matches (1-5-3).

Houston played for the third time in eight days, including a victory decided on penalty kicks over Los Angeles FC on Wednesday in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

The Dynamo was without suspended players Alejandro Fuenmayor, Darwin Ceren and Alberth Elis. All received red cards during a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City on Aug. 4. Coach Wilmer Cabrera was also ejected from the match and was not on the sideline vs. the Crew.

Yet, the Dynamo throttled the Crew, with the lone good chance in the opening 45 minutes for the home team coming on a 25-yard skipping shot by Pedro Santos that hit the right post.

Midfielder Justin Meram returned to the Crew in the 60th minute in his familiar No. 9 jersey after being reacquired in a trade with Orlando City this month. He was traded there on Jan. 29.

Meram immediately got involved and set up a shot by Federico Higuain on the left side of the box in the 62nd minute that Joe Willis stopped, his second save in 10 minutes on the Crew playmaker.

Houston hosts Real Salt Lake on Aug. 18. The Crew play at Atlanta United the next day.

–Field Level Media

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