Black & Gold by the numbers
This match is the 13th encounter between Houston and the Crew. The Black & Gold holds a 4-2-6 overall record over the Dynamo and 3-1-2 when playing at Crew Stadium.
15 v 11
The Crew has scored 15 and given up 11 goals against Houston. Andres Mendoza and Alejandro Moreno lead the Black & Gold in goals scored on the Dynamo with three while Brian Ching has scored the same amount for Houston.
The Crew has employed 19 players in matches so far this season as opposed to the 17 used by Houston. Eight of the 19 players made their Crew debut this season (Milovan Mirosevic, Olman Vargas, Kirk Urso, Ethan Finlay, Aaron Schoenfeld, Tony Tchani, Nemanja Vukovic and Josh Williams).
4 v 3
Only four of those 19 players (Andy Gruenebaum, Chad Marshall, Mirosevic and Urso), have played every minute of every game as opposed to three on the Dynamo squad (D Bobby Boswell, M Geoff Cameron and GK Tally Hall).
Emilio Renteria and Mirosevic are tied for third place in the League in fouls suffered with 14 behind Montreal’s Davy Arnaud (first with 16), and Seattle’s Fredy Montero (second with 15).
3 – part two
The Crew is third in attacking free kicks awarded with 35. Coincidentally, the Black & Gold and the Dynamo have given up the fourth least amount of free kicks in the opposing side with 23.
47 – 50 v 46 – 41
The Crew has caused 47 fouls and suffered 50 through the first four games of the season. The Black & Gold was called for one more foul and suffered nine less than Houston through the same number of games.