MLS: Sporting KC 1, Houston 0

Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:05 AM   |   0 comments

KANSAS CITY, Kan., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall survived a game-long onslaught Wednesday and pushed the Dynamo into the conference finals despite a 1-0 loss to Kansas City.

Having won the opener of the two-match, aggregate-score semifinal series 2-0, Houston will now meet either New York or D.C. United for a berth in the MLS title game.

Wednesday's second-leg matchup between New York and D.C. United was postponed in Harrison, N.J., due to snow. It will be played on Thursday with the teams having battled to a 1-1 tie in their first meeting.

Kansas City produced an almost continuous bombardment on the Houston goal as the Dynamo, starting the game with a two-goal lead, chose to put up a tight defensive effort.

Houston's strategy paid off, although Kansas City got one of the two goals it needed in the 64th minute when Seth Sinovic put a header past Hall for his first score of the season.

The Dynamo advanced through two post-season rounds after earning the fifth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Houston downed Chicago in the first-round knockout game 2-1 before surviving the two-match series against Kansas City -- which owned the best regular-season record in the conference.

Houston will host the first leg of the conference finals next Sunday.

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