MLS Regular Season
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Sporting Kansas City’s solid defensive effort moved them back into a share of the Eastern Conference lead, but their continued struggles to score from anywhere but the penalty spot kept them from taking the top spot all for themselves.
Sporting outshot the Houston Dynamo 17-7 on a sweltering Saturday night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, with the mercury at 104 degrees at kickoff, but they had to settle for a scoreless draw. That moved Kansas City (10-5-3, 33 points) into a first-place tie with D.C. United.
Houston Dynamo striker Will Bruin is back in the familiar situation of learning on the job.
Below is the Injury Report, presented by The Methodist Hospital System as of Friday, July 6.
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- DOUBTFUL: MF Calen Carr (L hamstring strain); MF Je-Vaughn Watson (L adductor strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Geoff Cameron (L hamstring strain)
SPORTING KANSAS CITY -- OUT: DF Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture); GK Jon Kempin (R ankle fracture); DF Lawrence Olum (L groin strain); PROBABLE: FW Bobby Convey (L calf strain); MF Michael Thomas (R ankle sprain)
Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo
Saturday, July 7, 7 p.m. CT
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS
All-time series: Dynamo lead 5-3-4
Fox Sports Houston - 7 p.m.
MultiMedios Houston - 6:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 6:30 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 6:30 p.m.
Now that the road has been cleared for goal-line technology in soccer, MLS is already planning for its potential introduction in league play for the 2013 season.
Soccer's International Football Association Board (IFAB), which manages the laws of the game, unanimously approved the use of goal-line technology in a special meeting held at FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, on Thursday.
Make no mistake, it has been an up-and-down first half for the Houston Dynamo.
At midway point of their season after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with the Chicago Fire, Houston currently sit fifth in the Eastern Conference with 24 points, a respectable total considering 10 of their 17 matches have been played on the road. But going beyond the numbers, the Dynamo can look back and find both positives to build on and negatives to correct as they look to next 17 games.
HIGHLIGHTS: HOU 0, CHI 0
Following the Houston Dynamo's 0-0 draw against the Chicago Fire, Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium, the men in orange will face another short turnaround as they prepare for Sporting Kansas City, Saturday evening at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Sporting KC are coming off a 3-1 road win over the Montreal Impact, their first win in MLS play since June 16. Sporting currently sits in second place in the Eastern Conference standings (32 points). They are one point behind conference-leader D.C. United and eight points ahead of the Dynamo, who sit in fifth.
Considering Houston’s defensive woes in the month of June – 11 goals conceded in the month's first four matches – the Dynamo took a glass-half-full outlook after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with the Chicago Fire.
With both the Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire coming in on short rest, perhaps it’s unsurprising that the two sides played to a 0-0 draw in a measured affair at BBVA Compass Stadium Tuesday night.
The match was devoid of many clear-cut chances — the teams combined for only three shots on target — and the result devoid of any ramifications. The shared point leaves the pair static in the standings with Chicago in fourth place (28 pts) and Houston right behind them in fifth (24 pts).