Houston Dynamo wins MLS East final series | Soccer
The Houston Dynamo beat D.C. United in the two-match MLS East final series, setting up a rematch of last year's MLS Cup against the champion Los Angeles Galaxy.
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WASHINGTON — The Houston Dynamo advanced to its second consecutive MLS Cup final and fourth in seven years, tying D.C. United 1-1 Sunday for a 4-2 aggregate victory in the Eastern Conference final of Major League Soccer.
Boniek Garcia scored in the 34th minute for the Dynamo, which will play the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Dec. 1 final in Carson, Calif.
The Galaxy beat Houston 1-0 in last year's MLS Cup.
"It's a path we have to take, so if we have to be road warriors the whole time, then that's what's in front of us," Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall said. "We have a job to do, it doesn't matter if it's a friendly or hostile environment."
Branko Boskovic scored in the 83rd minute for D.C. United, which has not won the MLS Cup since 2004.
Houston, which won consecutive MLS Cup titles in 2006 and 2007, qualified for the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League.
But the Dynamo might miss Ricardo Clark for the MLS Cup — the midfielder reinjured his groin and left in the 66th minute of a match that drew a crowd of 20,015.
A week earlier, the Dynamo put itself in excellent position to advance with a 3-1 home victory in the total-goals series.
After putting 10 men behind the ball for most of the first half, Houston went ahead Sunday after Brad Davis picked up a long ball, evaded Marcelo Saragosa and Dejan Jakovic of D.C. United in a run to the endline and with his left foot cut the ball back to Garcia. Garcia put the ball into the roof of the net.