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Poor finishing keeps Dynamo and Philadelphia scoreless

Kofi Sarkodie reacts to a referees decision in a match against Sporting KC
Kofi Sarkodie reacts to a referees decision in a match against Sporting KC
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Houston Dynamo were again reduced to ten men, but finally got a point as they held on for a scoreless draw with Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Saturday afternoon.

Both sides struggled with their shooting throughout the match but it was Philadelphia who were most culpable, not even troubling Tally Hall once, with zero shots on target all match.

Houston Dynamo dominated the possession and the chances in the first half as they put Philadelphia to the sword, but poor finishing was holding back the visitors.

For all that work there were little chances for either side with Houston having the best chance, coming in the 38th minute as Will Bruin’s effort hit the post.

The Houston attack continued, but they were hurting themselves as a David Horst header that looked to be a certain goal was blocked by Ricardo Clark.

Dynamo’s final chance of the half came through a Clark long range effort, but his powerful shot was saved by Zac McMath to keep it scoreless at the break.

Philadelphia were the better side in the second half and in the 52nd minute had their first real chance of the match as Vincent Nogueira released Andrew Wenger, who in turn squared for Conor Casey whose shot was miscued and easily blocked by the Houston defense and cleared.

Just before the hour mark Philadelphia had another great chance as Amobi Okugo was able to get on the end of a cross and hit a diving header that went over the bar.

With eight minutes to play the advantage was firmly Philadelphia’s as Kofi Sarkodie was shown a second yellow after not taking a throw-in instantly which the referee deemed time wasting.

Two minutes after the card Philadelphia had a good chance as a Sheanon Williams long throw found Aaron Wheeler who flicked the ball on, only for the effort to go out for a goal-kick.

In stoppage time Philadelphia had another chance as goal mouth scramble saw the ball fall to Wenger, but again the finishing was poor as he shot well over.

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