MLS Regular Season
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).
Two weeks ago, Dominic Kinnear took responsibility for how he handled his team during a busy stretch. With Tuesday’s match against the streaking Chicago Fire (7:30 pm CT, watch on KPRC), the Houston Dynamo head coach has a chance to make amends.
Just three days removed from a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union this past Saturday, Kinnear is in a similar situation to the one he was in after a 4-2 loss to the Montreal Impact on June 23. Following that match, Kinnear told MLSsoccer.com he mismanaged his exhausted team during a time when they had four matches in two weeks.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – When the Chicago Fire announced last week they had picked up Sebastián Grazzini’s contract option for the rest of the season, it appeared the playmaker would continue to be a mainstay in the Fire lineup.
Not so fast.
Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire
Tuesday, July 3, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
All-time series: Dynamo lead 6-3-4
KPRC Local 2 - 7 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 7 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 7 p.m.
Less than 1,500 tickets remain for tomorrow night’s game between the Houston Dynamo and the Chicago Fire, presented by Budweiser, it was announced today. Tuesday is Military Appreciation Night, with a fireworks show following the game.
Tuesday will be the second meeting between the Chicago Fire and the Houston Dynamo, but they have yet played 90 minutes against each other this year. Their April 15 match was cut short in the 66th minute due to lightning, and each team had to leave with a 1-1 draw.
A penalty kick is soccer’s ultimate moment of individual responsibility, yet there was stellar teamwork involved when Brian Ching stepped up from 12 yards to give the Houston Dynamo a hard-fought victory against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
Brad Davis is the Dynamo’s normally assumes penalty-kick duties and scored the winner from the spot against the San Jose Earthquakes in the second game of the season. He claimed a fine goal from open play in the first half of Saturday’s match.
One player has played 140 regular season games for the Houston Dynamo, another was making his debut. Both had key roles to play as the Dynamo quelled the Union’s mini-revival with a narrow 2-1 victory Saturday night.
In the end, Brian Ching’s 83rd-minute winner from the penalty spot gave Houston (6-5-5) an important three points while Philadelphia (3-9-2) were unable to follow up their 4-0 win over Sporting Kansas City with another impressive result.