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Full Time: Dynamo Draw Against RSL, Leave Utah With Valuable Point

The Dynamo drew with Real Salt Lake 0-0 on Saturday night, bringing their away form to an fairly positive run of 3 draws in 4 away games. The match was a physical match, but neither team saw red, a remarkable feat given that this game has seen eight red cards in the past.

RSL looked the better of the two teams in the first half, forcing the Dynamo to defend early in the match, but were unable to convert any of their early chances. Houston came into the game as the first half progressed, with Will Bruin getting Houston’s best chance of the first half off a Brad Davis corner kick.

Salt Lake continued to press at the end of the first half, but no effort was able to beat Tally Hall, who looked fantastic on the night.

Neither team made any changes at halftime, but the action immediately picked up just a few minutes into the half. The Dynamo were first to nearly strike when Colin Clark carved apart the RSL defense, ripping in a left-footed shot that found the sidenetting of Nick Rimando’s goal. Off the resulting goal kick, Ned Grabovoy nearly scored RSL’s first goal of the game, but his one-time effort trickled past Hall’s post.

Just fifteen minutes late, both teams started looking towards their bench for the winner.

Andy Williams was brought in to the match in the 60th minute for midfielder Collen Warner. Williams immediately made his mark on the match creating space and a chance for Real Salt Lake.

Dominic Kinnear was next to make a move, bringing on Jamaican midfielder, JeVaughn Watson, for Colin Clark, and pulling a yellow-card carrying Will Bruin in favor of Sergio Koke.

Arturo Alvarez left the match a few minutes later, Jean Alexander. RSL head coach Jason Kreis made his final substitute a few minutes later, taking off Will Johnson in favor of Nelson Gonzalez.

The final substitute of the match was Jason Garey for Cam Weaver for the Houston Dynamo.

Despite all of the player and tactical moves, neither team was able to break the deadlock and the game ended 0-0. While the score may not impress, the Dynamo have to be happy to return to Houston with a share of the points and a clean sheet against one of the league’s best teams, especially given the team’s results over the past two weeks.

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