After a draw without goals in the first leg of their Western Conference playoff final in Houston, yesterday's victory gave Sporting a 2-1 aggregate triumph and their first appearance in Major League Soccer's title match since the 2004 season. Kansas City will host either Real Salt Lake or the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup on 7 December.
Saturday's win was sweet revenge for Sporting, who were knocked out of the post-season by Houston in each of the past two seasons. The winner came in the 63rd minute as Benny Feilhaber drove to the heart of the Houston defense, drawing three defenders before lofting the ball to an onrushing Dwyer.
Early on it looked like Dynamo again had Sporting's number after the visitors scoring just three minutes in. Andrew Driver got the move started with a crisp ball from the left into the penalty area. It was headed by Brad Davis to Boniek Garcia, who worked his way past several Kansas City defenders and fired it past Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
The hosts equalized in the 14th minute when C.J. Sapong pounced on a poor clearance in the penalty area and beat Houston keeper Tally Hall, before Dwyer secured victory.