Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Cam Weaver and Mike Magee exchanged second-half
goals on Saturday as the Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire battled to a 1-1 draw
at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The match was crucial for both sides as they looked to climb up the Eastern
Conference table and closer to playoff positioning, but the stalemate leaves
the sides in the same spot they were at the start of the night.
Both teams had ample scoring chances over the opening 45 minutes, but were
unable to capitalize and went into the locker room at the break scoreless.
In the second half, the home side got off to a quick start and found the
opening goal in the 61st minute when Brad Davis ran onto a through ball on the
left flank and sent a low cross into the box for an unmarked Weaver, who tapped
it in for his first goal of the season.
But Chicago got the goal right back just three minutes later when Patrick
Nyarko took the ball off Houston defender Corey Ashe and raced toward the end
line. Nyarko spotted Magee alone in the box and he fired home the cross to put
the sides back on level terms.
Houston pushed for a winner on home soil, but Chicago's backline held up and
helped the road side escape with a point.
The result leaves both teams on the outside of the playoff picture as the Fire
remain in seventh place in the East on 25 points, while Houston stays in sixth
place with 30 points, five behind New England for the final playoff berth.
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