This match meant a lot to both teams in terms of seeding into the Eastern Conference while both squads missed crucial difference makers. The Dynamo were missing midfield string puller Boniek Garica and stout defensive man Jermaine Taylor, while Sporting Kansas City were without playmaker Graham Zusi and defender Matt Besler, both still in KC with the US national team.
The game ended as an unsatisfying 0-0 draw that saw both sides make decent attempts at goal. The Dynamo dominated the field, but it was clear that without Boniek Garcia, the club was missing a bit of a spark..
The Dynamo looked to score early, with Jimmy Neilsen saving chances from Will Bruin in the 2nd and 6th minutes. Corey Ashe also pushed the attack by laying in what became an easy save for Nielsen a few minutes later. The Dynamo pressed early, but let off the gas, at which point the match turned into the more physical match that many expected. The game featured game featured 5 yellow cards - 4 to SKC (Aurelien Collin, Lawrence Olum, Oriol Rosell, and Teal Bunbury) and only 1 towards the Dynamo (Ashe) - but it was a very scrappy affair that certainly could've warranted more.
Free kicks and free chances on goal were not the Dynamo's forte this evening as they saw many quality kicks inside as well as too many short kicks early that eventuated in nothing positive on the score line. Will Bruin had several chances to prove he was on the redeeming end of his scoring slump but proved to err in doubt. Sporting Kansas City opted for the same route with many opportunities for themselves being either easily savable by Tally Hall or nowhere near goal.
In the end what the result does is push both squads. The Dynamo could have inched closer to second place in the East with a win, but Kansas City improved their chances on the Supporter Shield Race by getting a result at BBVA Compass Stadium. There are more chances for the Dynamo to improve in standing, but they must not forget who is in the chase behind them: Montreal, Philadelphia, and even Chicago. In order to advance in seeding and reduce pressure against themselves they must win out or get a result against the remaining two teams: NYRB and DC United.
For the moment, however, they get a much needed break - they won't play again until New York comes to town once more on the 20th.