The Chicago Fire allowed the Houston Dynamo several chances late, and Adam Moffat netted the equalizer in the 90th minute for a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park.
Moffat spoiled the Fire’s victory on manager Frank Klopas’ birthday with a blast past Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and keep the Fire behind the Dynamo in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The Fire grabbed the 1-0 lead off Bobby Boswell’s own goal in the 37th minute. Mike Magee’s cross went pass Jeff Larentowicz and deflected off Boswell past Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall for the Fire 1-0 lead.
The Fire’s offense had several chances in first half including Dilly Duka’s strike in the 15th minute and Magee’s in the 25th minute.
Duka’s shot rebounded off Hall and Magee sent the rebound for a quick shot, which Hall stopped again. Magee received a pass from Duka and fired near the post where Hall punched it out for a corner.
Houston dominated possession in the second half several chances in final ten minutes.
Dynamo midfielder Andrew Driver had a quick shot in the 86th minute and Johnson went down to his right to put it out for a corner. Johnson then punched out the corner to keep the Fire 1-0 lead.
Moffat’s 90th minute goal was his third of the year.
In stoppage time, Jalil Anibaba’s header off Magee’s free kick dropped to the lower corner, but Hall’s diving stop maintained the draw.
The Fire remain in seventh place, two points behind the Dynamo, and face the Seattle Sounders on the road next Saturday at 9:00 p.m. CT (NBC Sports/La Ley 107.9 FM).