The Houston Dynamo (No. 4 seed) and Sporting Kansas City (No. 2 seed) will complete the Eastern Conference Championship with leg two on Saturday after playing to a 0‐0 draw in the first leg on Nov. 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The winner of Saturday’s game at Sporting Park will advance to MLS Cup 2013 and meet the winner of the Western Conference Championship between Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers. 2013 marks the third time Houston and Kansas City have met in a conference championship after the Dynamo won the 2007 Western Conference Final and 2011 Eastern Conference Final.
TV: NBC Sports Network (Channel listings)
Radio: 1560 AM / 101.7 FM
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Brunner, Ashe; Creavalle, Davis ©, Barnes; Boniek, Weaver, Driver
Subs: Deric, Cummings, López, Carrasco, Johnson, Arena, Chabala
Sporting Kansas City: Nielsen ©; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Rosell, Nagamura, Feilhaber; Zusi, Dwyer, Sapong
Subs: Kronberg, Opara, Bessone, Saad, Peterson, Bunbury, Bieler
Last night, the Houston Dynamo won two awards at the 2013 PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards in New York City.
Dynamo TV received gold for their work on the 2013 intro video (below) as the "Best Team Introduction, Opening or Halftime Video" in MLS. The Dynamo also won in the "Just Cause" category for MLS for the June 22 tribute to the fallen Houston Fire Department firefighters.
The PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards bring together the executives, creative and personalities driving success in the sports media industry and celebrate the best strategic and creative marketing from the global community.
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! Glenn will look ahead to Saturday's second leg match against Sporting Kansas City and the Western Conference Championship between Portland and Real Salt Lake, as well as all the other happenings in the soccer world.
Dynamo forward Brian Ching will be in studio and Glenn will have an interview with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.
Tune in and give Glenn a call with your thoughts!
Tonight's episode airs from 7-9 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 FM or online at www.espn975.com.
The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.
Just how did Houston vs. Kansas City get to be the rivalry it is today? Take a stroll down memory lane with Steph G and #ThePulp.
Go back with Dynamo TV to relive all the action from the Dynamo's final home game of 2013, a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship vs. Sporting Kansas City on Nov. 9, 2013.
We're only a month away from the Brian Ching Testimonial Match, presented by BBVA Compass, and the impressive list of participating players is growing.
First, current teammates (and coaches): Brad Davis, Bobby Boswell, Ricardo Clark, Tally Hall, Corey Ashe, Mike Chabala, Calen Carr, Tyler Deric and current assistant coaches Wade Barrett and Steve Ralston.
Then you've got some members from past Dynamo squads, especially the original 2006-07 MLS Cup-winning sides: Dwayne de Rosario, Chris Wondolowski, Eddie Robinson, Craig Waibel, Pat Onstad, Brian Mullan, Paul Dalglish, Kelly Gray, Ryan Cochrane and former assistant coach John Spencer.
Finally, there's the others. Teammates from San Jose, the U.S. national team and friends from around the league: Landon Donovan, Jimmy Conrad, Carlos Bocanegra, Charlie Davies, Frankie Hejduk, Davy Arnaud, Danny O'Rourke and Matt Reis*.
Not a bad collection of soccer talent, and they'll all be at BBVA Compass Stadium on Dec. 13 to pay homage to Ching as he laces up his cleats one last time. Tickets are on sale now, proceeds from the event will benefit The House That Ching Built.
*Matt Reis recently underwent surgery to repair a left quadriceps tendon, and will not be able to take part in the match itself
Wondering what to do during the Dynamo's break before the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship. Never fear, Steph G is here to help you out.