COLUMBUS, Ohio(AP) -- Emilio Renteria scored a gift goal in the
first half and William Hesmer had his second straight shutout
and eighth of the season as the Columbus Crew defeated Houston
3-0 on Saturday in Crew Stadium.
Andy Iro scored in the 84th minute and Leandre Griffit, two
minutes into his MLS debut, added another in the 90th.
Columbus (10-3-4) is first Eastern Conference. Houston (5-8-4)
is 0-4-3 in the past seven games. Renteria took advantage of a
blunder by Houston backup goalkeeper Tally Hall in the 34th
Hall backpedaled as he tried to field a ball outside the penalty
area and fell. Renteria picked up the loose ball and scored
Houston defender Bobby Boswell received a second yellow card
with 18 minutes left.