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MLS: Columbus 2, Houston 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Ryan Finley scored his first MLS goal Wednesday and had an assist as well in leading Columbus to a 2-0 win over Houston.

The outcome brought about a successful debut for Brian Bliss, who was named interim coach of the Crew this week after Robert Warzycha was dismissed by the team.

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Warzycha had been in his fifth year as coach, but was let go after the Crew had lost five out of seven games.

Columbus (9-13-5) is five points out of a playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

Finley scored in the 47th minute after taking a pass from across the penalty area from Justin Meram.

Meram then beat Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall in the 74th minute.

Houston (10-9-7) remained tied with New England for fifth place in the East. Houston has three losses and a tie in its last five outings.

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