By BRYAN ROBISON
In a match that saw the Montreal Impact eliminated from the playoff race, the Houston Dynamo failed to take advantage of an opportunity to put some distance between them and sixth-place Columbus Crew, as a 1-1 draw puts the Dynamo just two points ahead going into today's Columbus vs. Sporting Kansas City match.
The draw does extend Houston's unbeaten streak at home to twenty four consecutive matches, second longest in MLS history. Their dominance at home has helped keep them in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference.
Houston took the lead late in the first half thanks to a Will Bruin tap-in after some beautiful dribbling by Calen Carr inside the box. The goal was Bruin's twelfth on the year, as the MLS sophomore has more than doubled his goal output from his rookie season.
Montreal evened it up during the second half, as Sanna Nyassi knocked in the equalizer after knocking in Tally Hall's rebound on his first shot. He nearly scored the game-winner in the closing seconds, as he knocked in his second goal, but was called offside. Shortly after, substitute Brian Ching was also called offside on the last play of the match. However, the referees got together, and decided Ching was indeed offside, preventing Houston from the last-second win.
Houston will return home to BBVA Compass Stadium in their season finale at their new stadium, as they welcome the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, October 20th. Montreal will travel to Toronto to take on Canadian rivals Toronto FC on October 20th, as well.
Here are the match highlights:
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