For a game that was fought so hard by both teams, neither was able to put an official goal in the net which led to a 0-0 tie in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship.
In the 18th minute it looked like the Dynamo would get on the board first. Kofi Sarkodie got behind the Sporting KC back line and was able to score, but the offside flag was up and the score remained tied at zero.
— HoustonDynamo (@HoustonDynamo) November 9, 2013
Later in the first half it appeared as if Boniek Garcia would get the Dynamo on the board, but Sporting KC goalie Jimmy Nielsen made the diving stop. Will Bruin also struck a long shot from far out but it sailed just over the crossbar.
The Dynamo used two of their substitutions before play began in the second half. Andrew Driver came in for an injured Ricardo Clark who collided with a Sporting KC player in the middle of the first half, and Cam Weaver entered the game for Will Bruin at halftime.With Corey Ashe suspended for multiple yellow cards and Jermaine Taylor out for the playoffs, the Clark injury really hurts the Dynamo back end.
Both teams in the second half would push forward attempting to take the lead in the second half. The intensity would rise with every minute played but they would ultimately fall short as the game ended in a 0-0 tie. The teams were each in the midst of a long stretch of games as Sporting KC were playing their 5th game in the last 17 days, and the Dynamo were playing their 6th game in as many days.
Both teams now have a two week vacation as they get ready to face each other in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship. The do-or-die game will be played on November 23rd at 7:30 PM and can be seen on NBC Sports.