EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP - SECOND LEG
SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
Sat., Nov. 23, Sporting Park, 7:30 pm ET (NBC; NBC LiveExtra; UDN; TSN2/RDS2)
SANDY, Utah – There's been a lot of talk around the Real Salt Lake camp that giving up a last-minute goal to Portland two weeks ago might turn out to be a good thing in the long run.
Sporting KC say they still have to be "careful" despite recent defensive dominance vs. Houston Dynamo
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There's stingy, and then there's the defensive number Sporting Kansas City have done on Houston in their last five meetings. If they can keep it up for one more match, they'll be in their first MLS Cup final since 2004.
In the second game of last year's Eastern Conference Semifinals, which Sporting KC came into trailing 2-0 on aggregate and came out of with another big sad chapter in Dominic Kinnear's book of big sad chapters, to which he adds new material every November, Sporting held the Houston Dynamo to a single cross from open play.
HOUSTON – The Houston Dynamo have kept a close eye on Ricardo Clark and Will Bruin since the pair came off early in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship against Sporting Kansas City two weeks ago.
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Real Salt Lake will be without their leading scorer in the second leg of the Western Conference Championship, but that's nothing new for the team this season.
Portland Timbers' Caleb Porter not changing a thing despite being winless in five vs. Real Salt Lake
BEAVERTON, Ore. – Considering the way the Portland Timbers have performed against Real Salt Lake this year, it would stand to reason that head coach Caleb Porter would consider some strategic tweaks for the upcoming second leg of the Western Conference Championship of the MLS Cup Playoffs.