Two teams playing on short rest and in hot conditions was never going to be a formula for an attractive match, and fans at BBVA Compass Stadium learned that the hard way on Tuesday night.
The Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire played to a scoreless draw on Tuesday in a match that lacked many quality chances and produced little in the way of quality soccer.
The teams combined for just three shots on goal as Sean Johnson registered his easiest shutout of the season. Tally Hall had even less to do, making just one save for his own clean sheet.
Houston played without Geoff Cameron, who was nursing a hamstring injury, and Dom Kinnear used the match to trot out an experimental 4-3-3 formation. The new look didn't generate much offense though, and Houston was forced to settle for a point at home.
The draw pushed the Fire's unbeaten streak to four games, and moved them to within a point of Sporting Kansas City for third place in the East.
Here are the match highlights:
What did you think of the match? Did you fall asleep? Impressed with Chicago's defense? See the Dynamo using the 4-3-3 again, or was it an experiment gone bad?
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