Having met in each of the last two seasons in the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City once again renew acquaintances on Sunday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo return home off a two- game winning road swing, without shutouts in both, after a midweek 4-0 win at D.C. United. Sporting hit the road following a second loss in a three-game homestand, a late 1-0 defeat by Seattle Sounders FC. The Dynamo have knocked higher-seeded Sporting out of the postseason in each of the last two seasons.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Clark, Moffat, Davis (C); Garcia, Bruin, Driver.
Subs: Marscheider, Chabala, Brunner, Camargo, Dixon, Ching, Johnson.
Sporting KC: Nielsen; Jerome, Collin, Opara, Sinovic; Nagamura, Rosell. Joseph; Zusi, Bieler, Peterson.
Subs: Kronberg, Gardner, Myers, Olum, Feilhaber, Kamara, Sapong.