KANSAS CITY, Kan.- La temporada 2011 terminó para el volante estadounidense Brad Davis.
Así lo confirmó el mismo jugador después del encuentro en el que su club, el Houston Dynamo venció 2-0 a Sporting Kansas City para alzarse con el campeonato de la Conferencia del Este y un cupo a la gran final, la Copa MLS del 20 de noviembre.
“Estoy fuera…, me lesioné los cuádriceps”, le dijo Davis a MLSsoccer.com. “Sé que se me terminó la temporada”, continuó.
CARSON, Calif. – After nursing an injury for a week, Jámison Olave made the starting XI for Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Championship on Sunday night. His presence was deemed necessary to help thwart the LA Galaxy’s potent counterattack, but in the end, it was not to be as RSL fell 3-1.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – When Brad Davis went down to a right quad injury in the first half of the Eastern Conference Championship on Sunday, many believed his inability to contribute would hurt the Dynamo’s chances on the night.
However, Davis’ forced absence actually boosted his team more than he would ever know, as the Dynamo stormed out of Livestrong Sporting Park with a 2-0 win and a berth in MLS Cup 2011.
CARSON, Calif. – El equipo más contundente de la temporada será el equipo que dispute la Copa MLS 2011. El L.A. Galaxy, luego de ganar el Supporters’ Shield, consiguió el título de la Conferencia del Oeste y ahora solo les queda pendiente el título de la liga, el cual disputarán ante el Houston Dynamo el próximo 20 de noviembre en The Home Depot Center.
This one lived up to its billing. The Galaxy and Real Salt Lake came out firing, and in the end, LA just had a little bit more in the tank — and a little bit more luck.
Both teams kissed the crossbar, but RSL hit it twice, and the second one was a back-breaker. Just seconds after Mike Magee had given the Galaxy a 2-1 lead, Fabián Espíndola turned the LA defense inside-out and found room to squeeze off a shot in the box. Somehow it drifted over Josh Saunders, but pinged off the underside of the crossbar and came back out.
CARSON, Calif. — The LA Galaxy will get to enjoy some home cooking at MLS Cup 2011.
Mike Magee and Robbie Keane scored second-half goals to lift LA to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Championship at the Home Depot Center on Sunday, sending the Galaxy through to the title match on their own turf.
The Galaxy will play Houston at the HDC on Nov. 20, becoming the third team to play an MLS Cup at home, and the first since New England hosted MLS Cup 2002.
It wasn’t long ago that the questions surrounding the Houston Dynamo were not, “How far can we go in the playoffs?” but, “Can we make the postseason at all?”
Fast-forward to Sunday night and the scene has certainly changed with the Houston Dynamo headed to their third MLS Cup final in six years after beating Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in hostile Livestrong Sporting Park.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – All things considered, it felt a little bit like fate.
Livestrong Sporting Park was packed to the gills, a record 20,839 fans occupying every last open square foot. Sporting Kansas City were unbeaten in seven, riding a wave of confidence to within one victory of MLS Cup.
And when Brad Davis, Houston’s midfield talisman, was forced off 40 minutes into the game with an injury, it seemed the stars had officially aligned.
But sometimes fate is fickle. And in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be for Kansas City.
It was as advertised: Two big, bruising teams came into the Eastern Conference Championship and pounded each other for 90 minutes, with the deciding goal coming off a set piece.
In the end, it was Houston's ability to bottle up the Sporting Kansas City midfield trio of Graham Zusi, Roger Espinoza and Júlio César that decided the match. SKC were never able to find clean switches, unable to create space and could only push the tempo, not control it.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Houston lost MVP candidate Brad Davis to injury in the first half, but it didn’t matter one bit. The Dynamo are going to Los Angeles.
Andre Hainault and Carlo Costly each scored in the second half as the Houston Dynamo defeated Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in front of a sellout crowd at Livestrong Sporting Park in the Eastern Conference Championship to advance to MLS Cup.