Dynamo, SKC battle to draw in first leg of East finals

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Updated: November 9, 2013

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo
battled to a tense scoreless draw in the first leg of the Eastern Conference
championship on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Dynamo entered their third straight conference finals after shocking the
New York Red Bulls in the semifinals looking to grab the initiative in the
series, but struggled to generate quality scoring chances over the first 45
minutes of play.

Houston’s best opportunity came late in the half when forward Will Bruin came
charging down the field and decided to have a strike on goal from about 40
yards out that just grazed the crossbar on its way into the stands.

Sporting didn’t fare much better over the duration of the match after
outlasting New England on Wednesday in the semifinals. The visitors best
opportunity came in the 65th minute as defender Aurelien Collin got free for a
header on goal off a corner kick, but it went just over the bar.

Both teams kept pushing for the goal that would have made the difference as
the fourth official’s board showed a staggering seven minutes of stoppage
time. But players from both sides were running on tired legs and the clubs
settled for a scoreless draw.

The sides will have it all to play for in the second leg when the tie resumes
at Sporting Park on Nov. 23.