sThanks in part to a strong performance by goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau, Vancouver moved to 34 points to remain just outside the Audi MLS Cup Playoff places, three points behind seventh-place Minnesota United FC.
The Dynamo threatened for an early lead when Fafa Picault's shot struck the woodwork just before the 10-minute mark. The hosts looked to push in front of the Whitecaps, but couldn't find the finishing touch despite outshooting their opponents 9-1.
Houston continued their search for the opener and nearly pulled ahead in the 50th minute, but Crepeau came across to stop a first-time effort by Darwin Quintero. Then, in the 71st minute, Tyler Pasher fired a nice cross toward Quintero only for Crepeau to knock it away as yet another Houston chance went begging. Crepeau was called on again in the 78th minute by stopping Pasher's left-footed strike from beyond the box.
The Whitecaps 'keeper was finally beaten in the 79th minute, but it wouldn't count since Picault was in an offside position. He then made an enormous leaping save on Griffin Dorsey in the 84th minute to keep the match scoreless.
- THE BIG PICTURE: Houston were unequivocally the dominant side all night, holding over 63% of possession and outshooting Vancouver 17-5. They'll rue missed opportunities to grab a big home win, especially considering they've now been shut out in two straight matches. The Whitecaps will head back home with a point on an evening where their attack generated little, but have Crepeau to thank for a pair of clutch saves that preserved level pegging.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Griffin Dorsey looked to have a match-winner for Houston with around six minutes remaining. However, Maxime Crepeau had other ideas.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Even though Vancouver's attack failed to threaten, Canadian international Maxime Crepeau kept the Dynamo at arm's length – literally.