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Saturday, November 23, 20137:30 PM
Sporting ParkMLS PlayoffsPartly CloudyNBCSN,TSN2,Univision Dep.,RDS2Attendance: 21650

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 63'SKCDominic Dwyer
  • Benny Feilhaber
 14'SKCC.J. Sapong 
 3'HOUOscar Boniek García
  • Brad Davis
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 85'HOU Eric BrunnerFoul
 37'HOU Oscar Boniek GarcíaFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 90'+4'SKC
Claudio Bieler (F)
Dominic Dwyer (F)
 90'+1'SKC
Jacob Peterson (M)
Graham Zusi (F)
 84'SKC
Ike Opara (D)
Benny Feilhaber (M)
 82'HOU
Jason Johnson (F)
Cam Weaver (F)
 75'HOU
Servando Carrasco (M)
Warren Creavalle (M)
 70'HOU
Omar Cummings (F)
Andrew Driver (F)

Starting Formations

1Nielsen7Myers78Collin5Besler15Sinovic6Nagamura20Oriol Rosell10Feilhaber17Sapong14Dwyer8ZusiM1837231639221Hall8Sarkodie32Boswell2Brunner26Ashe23Barnes5Creavalle11Davis27García15Weaver20DriverM762417101421RAA4

Lineups

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Sporting Kansas City
1GJimmy Nielsen
7DChance Myers
78DAurélien Collin
5DMatt Besler
15DSeth Sinovic
6MPaulo Nagamura
20MOriol Rosell
10MBenny Feilhaber
17FC.J. Sapong
14FDominic Dwyer
8FGraham Zusi
Houston Dynamo
1GTally Hall
8DKofi Sarkodie
32DBobby Boswell
2DEric Brunner
26DCorey Ashe
23MGiles Barnes
5MWarren Creavalle
11MBrad Davis
27FOscar Boniek García
15FCam Weaver
20FAndrew Driver
Bench
18Eric Kronberg
37Jacob Peterson
23Federico Bessone
16Claudio Bieler
3Ike Opara
9Teal Bunbury
22Soony Saad
 
7Omar Cummings
6Mike Chabala
24Tyler Deric
17Servando Carrasco
10Alexander López
14Jason Johnson
21Anthony Arena
Managers
  Peter Vermes
 
  Dominic Kinnear
OFFICIALS

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RefereeBaldomero Toledo  
Assistant RefereeKermit Quisenberry  
Assistant RefereeFrank Anderson  
Fourth OfficialEdvin Jurisevic  
Saturday, November 23, 2013
7:30 PM
Sporting Park
NBCSN,TSN2,Univision Dep.,RDS2

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The jinx is broken. So is the streak.

Sporting Kansas City are going to their first MLS Cup final since 2004, and the Houston Dynamo will sit out the title match for the first time in three years, after Dom Dwyer's 63rd-minute strike lifted Sporting to a 2-1 comeback victory on a frigid Saturday night in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship.

After the two teams played to a scoreless draw two weeks ago in the first leg in Houston, that one-goal margin was all Kansas City needed to put away the club that knocked them out in the 2011 East final and the Conference Semifinals last year – and threatened to do it again this year when Boniek Garcia scored for the visitors in the third minute.

But this time, Sporting rose to the challenge become the Eastern Conference champions – and now they will host the title match on Dec. 7 against either Real Salt Lake or Portland.

Anyone who expected a methodical, grind-it-out effort from both sides – especially with 20-degree temperatures at kickoff and the Dynamo playing without Will Bruin and Ricardo Clark due to injuries sustained two weeks ago in Houston – was proven wrong from the opening whistle.

And after a long pregame that whipped the stadium-record crowd of 21,650 into a frenzy of cheers and chants, it took less than three minutes for Garcia to stun all but the away supporters' section into silence.


Playoff Central Postgame: Breaking down SKC win


He shook free of left back Seth Sinovic, collected a Brad Davis pass and hit a shot that deflected off center back Matt Besler and into Jimmy Nielsen's net. Just like that, it seemed like a “Here we go again” kind of night for Sporting – especially after Dwyer couldn't convert Chance Myers' cross two yards from goal in the 8th minute.

But before the first quarter-hour was up, the Dynamo back line gifted one right back to the hosts.

Benny Feilhaber sent in a through ball out of traffic, and Bobby Boswell took a bad touch that allowed it to find C.J. Sapong's path for an easy equalizer from point-blank range.

It could have been 2-2 – at the least – after the first 45, but missed opportunities from both sides kept it even until Dwyer's decisive score.

Houston's Cam Weaver fired a sitter high and left from close range in the 30th, minute, and Kofi Sarkodie's tiny deflection of Dwyer's cross derailed Sapong's chance for a second goal in stoppage time. Sapong tripped trying to reach back for the ball and came off the field holding his right arm after the play, but was back on the pitch when the match resumed.

Clark's absence in the midfield gave Graham Zusi and Feilhaber plenty of room to roam and create, and they made the most of it – especially on Dwyer's winner, when an exchange between Zusi and Feilhaber led to the latter's spot-perfect chipped through ball to the young striker. Dwyer collected the ball, moved into space, and calmly slotted the ball low and to Tally Hall's right.

Sporting had a chance to make it 3-1 in the 67th, when Hall spilled a high free kick in front of goal, but Aurelien Collin shot high. Houston's best chance to equalize came in the 80th, when Corey Ashe hit a rocket that Nielsen had to dive to deflect and then cover with Ashe charging in.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Benny Feilhaber The offensive catalyst in this one, Feilhaber was involved in most of the team's dangerous attacks and set up the winner with a beautiful through ball.
2 Dom Dwyer Took his goal well, worked hard on both ends and proved a nuisance to the Dynamo's defense.
3 Corey Ashe The Houston left back held up defensively and got forward with a purpose.

Steve Brisendine covers Sporting Kansas City for MLSsoccer.com.