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Dwyer sends Sporting to MLS Cup final

Kansas City, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Dominic Dwyer's second-half tally held up as the winner on Saturday as Sporting Kansas City hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo at Sporting Park to advance to the MLS Cup final for the first time since the 2004 season.

Sporting had been knocked out of the postseason by Houston in each of the past two seasons, but after battling to a scoreless draw at BBVA Compass Stadium in the first leg of the tie, Sporting managed to get the job done in front of its home fans.

But things started in the worst possible way for the hosts as the veteran-savy Dynamo got the opening goal just three minutes into the match. Andrew Driver got the scoring play started as he served a well-struck ball into the penalty area from the left flank. It was headed by Brad Davis back to Boniek Garcia, who worked his way past several Kansas City defenders and fired it past Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen into the bottom left corner.

Following the goal, Sporting responded with plenty of pressure in the attacking third of the field and found an equalizer in the 14th minute when C.J. Sapong pounced on a botched clearance in the penalty area and ripped it past Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.

The clubs went into the intermission level, but the winner came in the 63rd minute as Benny Feilhaber drove to the heart of the Houston defense, drawing three defenders before chipping the ball to an onrushing Dwyer, who calmly placed it past Hall to make it 2-1.

Houston had a spectacular chance to pull the sides level in the 79th minute as a loose ball fell to the feet of defender Corey Ashe, who had a go from distance, forcing a stellar save from Nielsen.

The Dynamo had some hope coming down the stretch as the fourth official's board showed four minutes of stoppage time, but they spent most of those minutes pinned in their own half of the field as Sporting hung on for the victory.

Sporting will host MLS Cup on December 7 and will face either Real Salt Lake or the Portland Timbers hoping to claim their first MLS Cup title since 2000.

11/23 21:57:50 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 5
NOR 1
 
Final
TAM 4
BOS 3
Final
MIA 9
NYM 6
Final
ATL 0
PHI 7
Final
BAL 4
MIN 6
Final
STL 5
PIT 4
Final
CHC 4
MIL 2
Final
CLE 1
DET 12
Final
OAK 6
SEA 1
Final
SDP 3
ARI 1
Final
COL 10
SFG 9
Final
KAN 4
TEX 3
Final
LOS 4
WAS 6
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
BOS
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
CIN
 
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CLE
DET
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
NYM
 
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ATL
PHI
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
TOR
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
MIL
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
CWS
 
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HOU
ANA
 
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
TEX
 
8:15pm Tonight
STL
PIT
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
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OAK
SEA
 
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SDP
ARI
 
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LOS
WAS
 
Final
LOU 31
MIAMI 13
Final
DUR 5
NOR 1