Oct 9, 2013, 11:31 PM EST
Houston were presented a wonderful opportunity, hosting a Sporting Kansas City team without three of their most important cogs. True, the international break monster also took a bite out of the Dynamo, but Wednesday’s game at BBVA Compass looked like theirs to lose.
Lose, they did not, unless you count the missed opportunity to distance themselves from the cluster at the bottom of the East’s playoff race. Tonight’s 0-0 result, one in which Houston had the better of the chances, still leaves them within reach.
Will Bruin forced Jimmy Neilsen into a number of early saves, while Brad Davis would have put Houston ahead on the stroke of halftime if it wasn’t for some clever Aurelien Collin positioning on a 20-yard direct kick. An early ball sent across the top of Tally Hall’s six-yard box was Kansas City’s most-threatening moment.
As the second half played out to its inevitable stalemate, you couldn’t help thinking the game was unfolding like some fallacious expectation of a Dom Kinnear team meeting the league’s most physical site. Though you don’t always see Houston and Kansas City lock each other up, there was little chance the second half was going to produce a winner. It was little more than the 45 minutes that separated halftime from the final whistle.
At that whistle, Kansas City had survived the absences of Graham Zusi (U.S.), Matt Besler (U.S.) and Claudio Bieler (injury). They’d won a point that kept them well within the Supporters’ Shield race, and without a game this weekend, they won’t have to play another game this year without their U.S. internationals.
For Houston, the point still helps, but Montréal can pass them for third with a win next Wednesday. A win by Philadelphia pulls the Union even with Houston’s 48 points, and Chicago and New England also in the picture.
Sure, things are still looking good for the Dynamo, but with a win (one that would have put them seven points ahead of sixth place Chicago), Houston’s playoff future would have been all but assured. That kind of security will have to wait for another day.
Mar 4, 2015, 9:16 PM EST
The clubs have played in 36 finals, second-most to Real Madrid’s 39.
Mar 4, 2015, 7:58 PM EST
Clearly Nick Mendola’s open letter last night did the trick. You’re all welcome.
Mar 4, 2015, 7:48 PM EST
The short answer is, “Yes. Yes they did.” Manchester United and Newcastle United had two more spits on target than actual goals on Wednesday.
Mar 4, 2015, 7:15 PM EST
Last season a one-hit wonder? Not a chance. D.C. United is here to stay.
Mar 4, 2015, 7:14 PM EST
The USWNT is looking to rebound from the 2014 Algarve Cup, where it finished in 7th after drawing Japan and losing to Sweden and Denmark.
Mar 4, 2015, 6:30 PM EST
Columbus needs to build on last season’s success or see it flutter away in the winds of time. Can they seize the season?
Mar 4, 2015, 6:26 PM EST
Recaps, reaction, analysis, videos and more from all seven games in the PL on Wednesday.
Mar 4, 2015, 6:19 PM EST
And all parties are sounding quite confident, almost in the cavalier “of course we won” tone we heard so much last season.
Mar 4, 2015, 5:52 PM EST
Blues battle to hard-fought win at West Ham, as Mourinho hails his sides display.
Mar 4, 2015, 5:38 PM EST
Manchester United needed a gift from opposing goalkeeper Tim Krul, but Louis van Gaal loved his club’s performance on Wednesday.
Mar 4, 2015, 5:37 PM EST
After their 12th defeat of the season, the Toffees after sinking towards the bottom three.
Mar 4, 2015, 5:10 PM EST
Burnley’s loss leaves them 19th, in the drop zone with 22 points.
Mar 4, 2015, 5:00 PM EST
Swansea sit ninth with 40 points, while Spurs sit 7th place. Tottenham is four points behind No. 5 Liverpool.
Mar 4, 2015, 5:00 PM EST
Potters continue to climb up the table, as Toffees head in the opposite direction.
Mar 4, 2015, 4:53 PM EST
Chelsea stay top after hard-fought win at Upton Park.
Mar 4, 2015, 4:50 PM EST
It’s now five goals from his last five games for the Frenchman.
Mar 4, 2015, 4:43 PM EST
Citizens grind out home win to stay in touch with Chelsea.
Mar 4, 2015, 4:42 PM EST
Jonas was given the all-clear from cancer in November.
Mar 4, 2015, 4:40 PM EST
Manchester United remains fourth, one point behind third place Arsenal, while Newcastle is still comfortably in 11th place with 35 points.
Mar 4, 2015, 3:49 PM EST
Seven games are going on in the PL on Wednesday, watch the second half of every match right here.
- MLS, union come together to avoid calamitous work stoppage 5
- Wednesday’s Premier League roundup: Chelsea, Man City win; six of top seven prevail 0
- Jose Mourinho says his Chelsea team “were brothers on the pitch” in crucial win 0
- West Ham United 0-1 Chelsea: Hazard’s header enough for league leaders 0
- Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester United: Krul gaffe spoils Jonas return 4
- Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis stretchered off the pitch after appearing to collapse 1