MLS Cup berth on the line as teams enter tied 0-0 on aggregate
The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City conlude the Eastern Conference Championship with the second leg tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. CT at Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS.
Saturday’s game is the second in the two-game, aggregate score series. The team with more total goals over the two legs wins the series and will advance to MLS Cup 2013. The first leg, played at BBVA Compass Stadium on Nov. 9, resulted in a 0-0 draw.
Should the aggregate score remain tied at the end of regulation on Saturday, two 15-minute halves of extra time will be played. If still tied at the end of extra time, the series will be decided by penalty kicks.
The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and on Univision Deportes (Spanish) and can be heard on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and Baila 101.7 FM (Spanish).
The Dynamo opened the Eastern Conference Playoffs with a 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Oct. 31 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Houston reached its third straight Eastern Conference Championship with a 2-1 extra-time win over the New York Red Bulls on Nov. 6 for a 4-3 aggregate series win. Omar Cummings scored 14 minutes into extra time and goalkeeper Tally Hall made eight saves as the Dynamo advanced to their sixth conference championship in eight years.
Sporting Kansas City overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit in the other Eastern Conference Semifinal series with a 3-1 extra-time victory on Nov. 6 at Sporting Park for a 4-3 aggregate series win over the New England Revolution.
The Eastern Conference Championship marks the third straight season Houston and Sporting Kansas City have met in the playoffs. The Dynamo secured a 2-0 single-leg win in the 2011 Eastern Conference Championship at Sporting Park before registering a 2-1 aggregate series victory in the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Last year, Houston won the first leg at BBVA Compass Stadium for a 2-0 series lead. In the second leg Sporting Kansas City pulled within a goal at Sporting Park but the Dynamo preserved the margin for a 2-1 series win.
Saturday’s game is the tenth meeting between Houston and Sporting Kansas City since last July. Sporting KC snapped Houston’s MLS record 36-game home undefeated streak with a 1-0 win at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12. The clubs drew 1-1 in a rematch on May 26 at Sporting Park before playing to a 0-0 draw in their final regular season meeting on Oct. 9 in Houston. The clubs met five times last year, with three regular season games and two more in the playoffs.
To help media members cover the MLS Cup Playoffs, an array of information is available:
- The MLS Cup Playoffs media guide (CLICK HERE) contains notes and statistical breakdown for all 10 teams.
- The MLS Cup Playoffs logo (CLICK HERE) and the MLS Cup logo (CLICK HERE) are available for download
- A printable playoff bracket with the path each team must take to get to MLS Cup 2013 is available for download (CLICK HERE)
For complete information about the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs, including Dynamo playoff history, visit www.HoustonDynamo.com/Playoffs.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON DYNAMO
The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships and four conference championships in its first seven seasons and qualified to represent the United States in international competition six times, including the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League. The team currently trains in the Houston Methodist Champions’ Field at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.