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.