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  • September 1, 2013
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
  • Referee: Drew Fischer
  • • Attendance: 17808

Chicago Fire 1-1 Houston Dynamo: Moffat strikes late to salvage draw

Chicago Fire 1-1 Houston Dynamo: Moffat strikes late to salvage draw

Scott Halleran

Both teams missed a chance to slot into the fifth position in the Eastern Conference after Adam Moffat's stoppage-time goal forced Chicago and Houston to split points.

Both the Chicago Fire and Houston Dynamo had a chance to take advantage of the New England Revolution's draw with Toronto FC Saturday night and slide ahead into fifth position in the Eastern Conference with a victory Sunday. Instead, they're exactly where they started when the day began after a moment of late drama in the playoff chase.

Adam Moffat's stoppage-time goal salvaged a 1-1 draw for the Dynamo at Toyota Park Sunday, keeping Houston and Chicago in sixth and seventh position, respectively, in the Eastern Conference. While the Revolution remain in fifth place on 37 points, the Dynamo (also on 37 points with 10 wins but with fewer goals scored) and Fire (35 points) each have a game in hand.

The Fire had taken the lead through a Dynamo gaffe, with defender Bobby Boswell inadvertently heading Mike Magee's 37th-minute corner kick by Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall while under pressure from Jeff Larentowicz to open the scoring.

Hall had an otherwise pristine game in goal, keeping the Dynamo in the game by making seven saves with his side under immense pressure from the hosts. He also had help from the goalpost, which denied Magee of a 73rd-minute strike that would have given Chicago a 2-0 lead.

Hall's ability to keep the Fire at bay allowed for Moffat to play hero, with the Scottish midfielder taking a layoff pass from Corey Ashe in second-half stoppage time and firing home for the equalizer and marking a personal best for goals in a single season with three.