The long Houston Dynamo season has finally come to an end in Kansas City as Sporting KC took home the 2-1 win to advance to the MLS title game for the first time since 2004.
The Dynamo got off to a very quick start in front of the Sporting KC faithful. Boniek Garcia struck a ball off a KC defender before finding the back of the net to put the visiting team ahead 1-0. Sporting KC and the Dynamo tied just two weeks ago, leaving tonight’s winner as the team who would advance to the MLS title game. With the Dynamo already up 1-0, you can guess KC fans were not too happy with the Dynamo possibly ending their season for the third straight year.
But Sporting KC got one right back in the first half. C.J. Sapong was able to put one right past Tally Hall after the Dynamo defense simply misplayed the ball. The game would be tied at the half though both teams had their fair share of opportunities.
With the Dynamo already down both Will Bruin and Ricardo Clark, and kickoff temperature in the low 20′s, the Dynamo knew they’d need to fight the whole 90+ minutes to secure a victory. However, it was Sporting KC who came out of the half with the first and only goal of the second half.
In the 63rd minute, Dom Dwyer was able to sneak a ball right past Tally Hall for the game winner. Sporting KC had another chance to push the lead to two, but the shot went too high. Corey Ashe almost put in the equalizer later in the half but Jimmy Nielsen was able to to stop and control the near goal.
The exciting Houston Dynamo season now comes to an end following tonight’s loss. The Dynamo will not play in the MLS title game for the first time in three years, as Sporting KC will host the MLS title match in December.