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Vancouver (3-2-4) at Columbus (3-3-3), 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Crew returns home to Crew Stadium to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday in an effort to end its winless streak.
A 1-0 defeat at Houston in midweek stretched the Crew's winless streak to six games, while the Whitecaps won for the first time in five league matches with a 3-2 home victory against San Jose.
The loss to Houston on Wednesday marked the second straight time the Crew has been held without a goal, while Houston's lone tally arrived shortly after halftime through Will Bruin, who headed home a Brad Davis free kick.
Columbus has gone 231 minutes without a goal, and after winning its first three games this season, Gregg Berhalter's men have claimed only three points from their last six matches.
Two losses in four days has left Berhalter frustrated, especially when the coach feels his side should have taken something from the game in Houston.
"Disappointed to lose two games and I think we need to look at our performance," Berhalter said following Wednesday's game. "I think it's time to be a little bit critical of the performance and I think today's especially is a game where we should have gotten something out of the game and that's what I'm disappointed about. I don't want to take anything from Houston and their effort, but I think on this night we should have come away with something."
Vancouver came away with three points from its last game, but only after the club had to withstand a rally from San Jose that nearly saw the team throw away a three-goal lead.
Kekuta Manneh scored the opening goal in the 10th minute and Pedro Morales added two more to put the Whitecaps up 3-0 in the first 30 minutes of the game.
But a Chris Wondolowski penalty kick just before halftime brought the Earthquakes back into the game, and Wondolowski scored again late in the second half before Vancouver saw out the rest of the match to claim the win.
Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson was pleased to have his front four back in the lineup, and they didn't disappoint him with a brilliant first-half display that didn't surprise the boss.
"The front four were excellent and really were electric," Robinson said of his group of attackers. "Pedro's passing obviously we all know. Sebastian Fernandez, coming in off his goal last week, started very brightly and Kekuta is a young special player and Darren [Mattocks] is causing a threat at the moment, he really is. And the reason I went for that system and formation is because I knew that would happen."
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