Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 1-1 draw on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium:
How it happened: Houston's Colin Clark netted a goal in the 33rd minute shortly after a corner kick to give the Dynamo a 1-0 lead. In the 43rd minute, Fire forward Dominic Oduro scored against his former Dynamo team to equalize the match at 1-1. Baggio Husidic had the setup on Oduro's tally, which is his 12th of the season. Oduro left the match in the 51st minute with an apparent leg injury, replaced by Patrick Nyarko. The Fire said that the sub was a precautionary measure with Tuesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup coming up on Tuesday. Former Fire forward Calen Carr, who was sent to Houston early in the year for Oduro, was a second-half sub for the Dynamo's Carlo Costly.
What it means: The Fire managed a point on the road with their league-leading 16th draw. Chicago is now 7-8-16 (37 points) and Houston moves to 10-9-13 (43 points). Chicago needed a win to truly press the New York Red Bulls, who entered Saturday night's game against Toronto FC with 39 points and the final wild card spot.
Outside the box: The Fire's early deficit was their first since falling to the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, on Sept. 10. Chicago posted its first draw since tying D.C. United, 1-1, on Aug. 18. The Fire had won three straight and five of its previous six matches before Saturday's stalemate.
Up next: The Fire get ready for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title match against Seattle Sounders FC at 9 p.m. CT Tuesday at CenturyLink Field. Chicago has earned four Open Cup crowns (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006), while Seattle is in search of a three-peat after winning in 2009 over D.C. United and in 2010 over the Columbus Crew.