The Houston Dynamo were unable to secure three points at home following a 72nd minute equalizer by Chicago.
In front of a sold-out crowd at BBVA Compass Stadium last night, the Houston Dynamo (5-7-6) hosted the Chicago Fire (4-9-3) in a clash between two teams looking to climb the ranks in their respective conferences. Chicago entered the game in last place in the eastern conference with only 14 points in 15 games. Coming off of a two-game losing streak, Houston has had no luck in the west sitting second to last in the standings. Meeting for the first and only time this season, Houston and Chicago were able to end their losing streaks while each grabbing a point.
Houston started the match having majority of the possession and a few good chances to get the go-ahead goal in front of their home crowd. The best chance of the first half for the Dynamo came in the 13th minute after forward Will Bruin had the perfect chance to score from a cross by Giles Barnes, but he missed the open net and played the ball wide. For Chicago, the away team was merely inches away from scoring in the first half after Razvan Cociș hit a shot that just barely touched the goal line but was waved away by the assistant referee.
Dynamo midfielder Alex opened the scoring for the night in the 56th minute after putting away a Brad Davis cross past Fire goalkeeper, Sean Johnson. Following the goal, Chicago looked as if they were ready to equalize the scoring any moment. After a Patrick Nyarko header that hit the bar in the 65th minute, Nyarko was able to tie the match with an easy tap in past Joe Willis, in the 72nd minute.
While Houston was unable to gain three points at home against an eastern conference foe, both teams were able to advance to quarterfinals in the Lamar Hunt U.S Open cup after winning midweek games. Houston returns to play next Friday facing the San Jose Earthquakes while the Fire at back home against the Seattle Sounders on July 11th.