MLS Playoffs

Houston Dynamo rue loss in midfield battle in "frantic" Eastern Conference Championship

Switching to a 4-3-3, Dynamo were unable to gain control of the midfield in the loss
Midfield battle


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Anthony Vasser/Houston Dynamo

Coming into the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship, the Houston Dynamo knew that the midfield battle would be one of the most important on the field.

On Saturday night, that battle went to the home team, and it was the main culprit in Houston’s demise.

Injuries to Will Bruin, Ricardo Clark prove costly as Houston Dynamo fall to Sporting Kansas City

Dynamo miss the services of two key contributors in season-ending loss
Clark, Bruin injuries costly

The Houston Dynamo have overcome huge player absences in the past, but three missing pieces simply proved too much on Saturday night with a bid in the MLS Cup final on the line.

Match Stats: Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City

Dynamo unable to gain advantage on the scoreboard in statistically even match
Stats: Dynamo vs. SKC
Match Stats

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Match Recap: Houston Dynamo 1, Sporting Kansas City 2

Dynamo's season comes to a close in the Eastern Conference Championship
Recap: Dynamo 1, SKC 2
Match Recap

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 finals.

23 November 6:33 pm

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.

Preview: Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City

A trip to MLS Cup is on the line as two rivals go into the second leg level on aggregate
Preview: Dynamo at SKC
Match Preview

Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City
Saturday, November 23, 6:30 p.m. CT
Sporting Park

NBC Sports Network - 6:30 p.m. CHANNEL LISTINGS
Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 - 6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. pregame)
Balia 101.7 FM - 6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. pregame)


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