Dom Dwyer's special season took another impressive turn. The second-year forward scored the winning goal in Sporting Kansas City's 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday in the second leg of the Eastern Conference finals. The 64th-minute strike sends Kansas City to their first MLS Cup final since 2004 and ended the Dynamo's two-year run as Eastern Conference champions.
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The goal capped off an impressive game from Dwyer, who has already won a championship this year while leading Orlando City to a USL-Pro title. He had scored 15 goals for the third-division side while on loan from Sporting KC.
Dwyer nearly contributed to a couple other goals earlier in the match, but came through when it mattered most. Benny Feilhaber set up the goal by splitting a couple Dynamo defenders at the top of the penalty area and lofting a ball to Dwyer, who was able to control the pass and allow Kofi Sarkodie to slid past. Dwyer then calmly placed his shot inside the near post.
Oscar Boniek Garcia gave the Dynamo an early lead, who were able to take advantage on the counter-strike in the 3rd minute. The play started with a Feilhaber turnover in the Dynamo's half. Andrew Driver eventually ended up with the ball on the left wing and put in a centering pass that Brad Davis headed over to Garcia. The Honduran international took one dribble that put KC defender Seth Sinovic on his backside. With newfound space, Garcia was able to beat goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen from about 10 yards out, as his shot took a slight deflection off Oriol Rosell.
Sporting KC wasted little time in finding the equalizer, though. Just 11 minutes later, Feilhaber helped make up for his earlier gaffe when he broke down the Dynamo defense at the top of the penalty area. Although he was not credited with an assist, his he had the final touch on a ball that forced Bobby Boswell into an awkward clearance that ended up going right to CJ Sapong, who pounded his shot into the back of the net.
KC had no shortage of chances to take the lead in the first half, as they repeatedly put dangerous balls into the box. Their best chance may have been Sapong's in the 45th minute. Dom Dwyer had dribbled into the penalty area and put in a cross that eluded a couple Dynamo defenders and found Sapong. But the ball was just about a step behind him and Tally Hall was able to dive onto the loose ball.