Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
First leg of conference final turns ugly
by Paul Kennedy, November 9th, 2013 5:16PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  houston dynamo, mls, sporting kansas city

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS PLAYOFFS: Houston-Sporting KC] The busy MLS playoff calendar caught up with the Eastern Conference finalists as the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City played to a 0-0 tie in the first leg Saturday in Houston. It was the first scoreless draw in 22 playoff games dating back to the first leg of the 2012 conference semifinals.

Houston was playing its fourth playoff game in 11 days and made its first lineup changes of the playoffs as Mike Chabala replaced suspended Corey Ashe at left back and Omar Cummings, the hero of the New York series, started for Giles Barnes, but midfield dynamo Ricardo Clark went off with a suspected MCL sprain midway through the first half, forcing the Dynamo to switch from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3.

“We knew it was going to be an ugly game and it was,” Houston defender Bobby Boswell said. “But I thought we fought hard, there was no dropoff, we had guys in and out and I think everyone played well."

Houston's best chance came in the first half when Kofi Sarkodie broke free on a well-constructed play and scored but was whistled for offside -- a very close call. At the other end, he blocked a shot by former Akron Zip teammate Teal Bunbury. Honduran Oscar Boniek Garcia hit a free kick from 30 yards that Jimmy Nielsen knocked away. Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes again juggled his frontline, but Jacob Peterson missed badly on Sporting KC's best chance.

The second half featured numerous stoppages, adding seven minutes to the half, but neither team could score. Claudio Bieler, SKC's conference semifinal hero, was one of four forwards on Vermes' bench but he never got in the game.

Last year, Houston went back to Sporting Park with a 2-0 lead and held on for a 2-1 aggregate win. This year, the Dynamo must get a result to stay alive, but the circumstances will be different. The teams will now have two weeks to rest until the second leg on Nov. 23 in Kansas City.



Nov. 9 in Houston
Houston 0 Sporting KC 0.
Houston --
Hall, Sarkodie, Brunner, Boswell, Ashe, Garcia, Creavalle. Clark (Driver 26), Davis, Bruin (Weaver 46), Cummings (Barnes 78).
Sporting KC -- Nielsen, Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic, Nagamura, Rosell, Feilhaber (Sapong 74; Dwyer 76), Zusi, Bunbury, Peterson (Opara 84).
Yellow Cards: none.
Referee: Kevin Stott.
Att.:
22,107.


2 comments
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: November 10, 2013 at 10:44 a.m.
    Looks like ref Stott has no idea about the persistent fouling rule.

  1. Eric in DC
    commented on: November 10, 2013 at 7:06 p.m.
    This match was crazy boring!


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Scouting Report: USA and Japan go for a third time    
The first rematch of a final in Women's World Cup history is set for Sunday when ...
USA-Guatemala International Friendly Player Ratings    
Four years ago, the USA completed its Gold Cup preparations by beating Guatemala, 6-0, in San ...
What They're Saying: Abby Wambach    
"It's nerve-wracking. It's brutal. And I'm not saying this because I'm sitting on the bench and ...
Women's World Cup watch parties set for Sunday    
U.S. Soccer will host a viewing party for Sunday's Women's World Cup final between the USA ...
Olivia the parrot picks Japan over USA    
Olivia, a 10-year-old African gray parrot, is predicting Japan over the USA in the Women's World ...
ICYMI | MLS: Report: New DP procedures formulated    
Allocation money could become even more valuable under new policies adopted by MLS. One of the ...
Reader's Note: Watch for Special July 4th Edition    
Soccer America will publish Soccer America Daily on Saturday as it previews Sunday's Women's World Cup ...
Scouting Report: USA preps for Gold Cup against Guatemala    
Two years ago, the USA tuned up for the Gold Cup with a 6-0 win over ...
Video Pick: Freddy Adu -- Good News, Bad News     
The good news is that Freddy Adu scored an impressive free kick goal. The bad news ...
NASL enters Phase 2; Strikers welcome back ex-coach    
The New York Cosmos, as champions of the 10-game spring season, are ensured a spot in ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives