[MLS CUP PLAYOFFS: Sporting KC-Houston] For the second year in a row, Sporting Kansas City won the Eastern Conference regular-season championship but couldn't get past the Houston Dynamo in the playoffs. Last year, it was in the conference final. This year, Sporting KC's 1-0 win at home was not enough to make up for its 2-0 loss at home.
-- Kansas City enjoyed a 20-3 edge in shots -- the Dynamo didn't get a shot off in the second half -- and had a 71-29 percent edge in possession but could only manage to put four shots on goal. Left back Seth Sinovic scored the lone goal in the 64th minute when Graham Zusi found him free for a diving header on the left side of the penalty area.
-- The Dynamo's depth in the back has been key to its success. Jermaine Taylor, who took over in the middle of the backline when Geoff Cameron was sold to Stoke City, suffered a left knee injury Sunday in the first leg of the semifinals.Andre Hainault had a solid game in the Jamaican's place in the middle of the defense.
Nov. 7 in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting KC 1 Houston 0.Goal: Sinovic (Zusi, Kamara) 64.
Sporting KC --Nielsen, Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic, Rosell, Zusi, Espinoza, Joseph, Kamara, Sapong.
Houston --Hall, Ashe, Sarkodie, Hainault, Boswell, Davis (Luiz Camargo, 84), Garcia, Carr (Kandji, 33), Moffat, R.Clark, Bruin (Weaver, 73).