HOUSTON – For the first time in months, the Houston Dynamo had a scare at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the final 10 minutes, Houston found themselves down 2-1 and pressing for the goal that would pull out a result against the Columbus Crew and in the 82nd minute Adam Moffat delivered the goods with a left-footed winner in a 2-2 draw.
After Danny O’Rourke cleared a cross out of the box, Moffat set up on his left foot and blasted a shot at Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum, who failed to properly clear the ball and watched it trickle over his own line.
Houston rose to 41 points on the season and moves into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Fire. Columbus moved to 30 points, staying static in seventh place.
Thre Crew, coming off a midweek 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy, matched Houston’s attack throughout the night. Led by Dilly Duka in the first half and debutant Designated Player Federico Higuain, who replaced Justin Meram at halftime, the visitors took the game to the Dynamo in a team effort.
That kind play was exemplified on both of the Crew’s goals, and especially their second – a product of a seven-pass sequence finished off by a streaking Eddie Gaven in the 61st minute.
Jairo Arrieta and Higuaín combined for a well-crafted layoff and ball over the top to send Eddie Gaven through on goal, where he made no mistake with the finish.
The game had been tied 1-1 at the time of Gaven's goals, thanks to good team goals from each side in the first half.
In the 19th minute Boniek Garcia found space down the right crease and squared the ball into a streaking Brad Davis, who made it 1-0, capping off a strong run with a scintillating blast.
Columbus were not to be outdone. The Crew put together a good showing in the attack and in the 33rd minute their push paid off.
Duka found plenty of space down the right after playing a give-and-go with Eddie Gaven, and then cut back to find the onrushing Cole Grossman, who curled it home first time for his first MLS goal to knot the match at 1-1.
With Gaven’s goal in the 61st minute, Houston found themselves trailing at home for the first time since June 20, when they were down 3-1 in the first half to Toronto FC, and went on the attack to try and prolong their 19-game home unbeaten streak.
Before Moffat’s equalizer Brad Davis capped an extended buildup in the 68th minute with a laser from 25 yards out, but Gruenebaum parried the initial attempt and Will Bruin could not get a finishing touch on the rebound.
After Moffat’s goal, Higuaín came inches from putting the Crew back on top in the 84th minute but his curling free kick went just wide of the near post.
Columbus will next host Toronto FC Wednesday night while Houston enters CONCACAF Champions League play with a trip to El Salvador to face FAS, and will themselves face TFC next weekend.
MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match
|Rank||Player||What We Saw|
|1||Federico Higuaín||Attacker transformed Crew attack off the bench and played a sublime ball to set up Eddie Gaven's goal|
|2||Brad Davis||Opened the scoring with an excellent strike and helped keep the Houston attack humming all night|
|3||Eddie Gaven||Put in an excellent shift, helping set up the Crew's opener and staying composed to hit the team's second|