Match Notes: Crew at Houston Dynamo

LOOKING FOR FIRST WIN IN DYNAMO’S NEW HOME

The Black & Gold return to BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday for the second time in 2014 ... after falling in the first match in Houston -- a 1-0 Dynamo win on May 7 -- the Crew looks to secure its first win at the Dynamo venue that opened in 2012 ... in the three previous meetings at the venue, the Crew (0-2-1) has battled, with losses coming in just one or two-goal margins on top of the draw in the first meeting on August 19, 2012.

FIVE GAMES, FIVE GOALS FOR MERAM

Justin Meram has been on a scoring tear, registering five goals over the last five matches dating back to August 9 against Toronto FC ... Meram recorded a tally in three straight matches from August 9 - August 23 and returned with a brace following the shutout loss at Montreal.

MERAM MAGIC ...

Justin Meram scored his seventh goal of the season to open the scoring in 3-0 win over Chivas USA on September 7 … Meram has scored a goal in four of the club’s last five matches ... of Meram’s 12 career goals since 2011, seven of them have come in 2014.

... AND JUSTIN HAS BEEN PRODUCTIVE

Of midfielders in MLS that have played at least 20 games this season, Justin Meram enters the week ranked first in minutes per goal scored (165.43) ... a look at Opta numbers is below, showing that Meram has scored once every 1.8 matches for the Crew.

PLAYER/TEAM MIN/G GP
Meram, Justin/CLB 165.43 25 
Nguyen, Lee/NE 179.0  25 
Donovan, Landon/LA. 286.57 23 
Mulholland, Luke/RSL 245.33  25 
Morales, Pedro/VAN 274.86  20

**Numbers entering the week as of 9/8/14


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