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                 === Bruin's strike lifts Dynamo past Crew ===
 Houston,  TX ( - Will Bruin's second-half tally proved to be
 the  difference on  Wednesday as the Houston Dynamo claimed a 1-0 victory over
 the Columbus Crew at BBVA Compass Stadium.
 Columbus,  which came  into the match riding a five-match winless run, had the
 better of the chances in the early going, despite sitting deep and picking its
 moments to get forward.
 The  visitors' best chance of the first half came on the half-hour mark when a
 corner  kick from  Jairo Arrieta was deflected on goal, but Houston goalkeeper
 Tally Hall kept it out with a diving stop
 Four minutes later, Arrieta had another clean strike on goal from just outside
 the box, but the ball just missed the inside of the far post as the clubs went
 into the intermission scoreless.
 The  home side grabbed the game's only goal in the 50th minute when Brad Davis
 whipped  a left-footed  free kick into the penalty area and the ball deflected
 off the back of Bruin and wound up nestled into the bottom right corner.
 The Crew failed to generate many opportunities in the second half, but had one
 final  excellent chance  late on as substitute Justin Meram made a 50-yard run
 down  the  center of the park  into the heart  of the Houston defense, but the
 strike smacked the left post and was gathered by Hall.
 The  result  sees the Dynamo  improve to 14 points  from 10 matches, while the
 Crew remain on 12 points from nine games.
 05/07 21:59:52 ET

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