Sep 21, 2014 at 12am UK at ​PPL Park
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Union
HoustonHouston Dynamo

Sarkodie (75')

Result: Philadelphia Union held by Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo's Giles Barnes in action on October 27, 2012
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Philadelphia Union's MLS playoff chances are dealt a blow as they are held to a 0-0 draw by Houston Dynamo.

Philadelphia Union did their quest for an MLS playoff spot no favours after playing out a goalless draw with Houston Dynamo.

The hosts tried to forge a lead in the first half with Sebastien Le Toux, Maurice Edu and Conor Casey all squandering chances to break the deadlock.

Giles Barnes proved a constant threat to the Philadelphia defence and had a number of chances to score before the interval, but failed to make the important breakthrough.

Less than a minute after the restart, Union came close to breaching the Dynamo defence when Casey unleashed a shot that was saved by keeper Tyler Deric down to his right.

Barnes then wasted an excellent chance to give Houston the lead when he met a Brad Davis corner, but his close-range effort was high and wide.

Houston nearly punished the Philadelphia's wayward shooting when Omar Cummings flashed a late effort inches wide of the Union goal.

In the end, both side had to settle for a point and the result leaves Union behind fifth-placed New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference and outside of the playoff positions with time running out in the regular season.

Houston Dynamo's Giles Barnes in action on October 27, 2012
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