Sport Dynamo stun Timbers to reach Western Conference final

06:15  06 november  2017
06:15  06 november  2017 Source:   Goal.com

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After a dull 0-0 draw in the first leg, Houston went to Portland and took down the Western Conference 's top seed.

After a dull 0-0 draw in the first leg, Houston went to Portland and took down the Western Conference 's top seed.

The Houston Dynamo are headed to the Western Conference final after taking a 2-1 win on the road against the Portland Timbers.

The sides played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg, leaving the top-seeded Timbers needing any win to set up a Cascadia showdown with the Seattle Sounders.

A goal from Portland's Dairon Asprilla broke the deadlock in the 39th minute, putting the home side in front.

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The breakthrough! Asprilla puts @TimbersFC ahead 1-0. #PORvHOU // @audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/la4JvDXZEM

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 6, 2017

That lead, however, would last less than five minutes.

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Dylan Remick's powerful finish put the Dynamo back on even terms in the match and gave them the lead in the tie on away goals.

An equalizer! Just like that, @dylanremick15 grabs a crucial away goal for @HoustonDynamo . #PORvHOU https://t.co/tGKNxrauhu

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 6, 2017

The crushing blow for the home side came in the 77th minute, when a Mauro Manotas blast found the bottom corner and gave Houston command of the tie.

Boom. @MauroManotas19 puts @HoustonDynamo in control with a 2-1 lead! #PORvHOU // @audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/GH3DsXhiez

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 6, 2017

The win sees the Dynamo move into the conference final, where they will face the second-seeded Sounders, with the first leg slated to take place in Houston after the international break.

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Houston Cures Road Woes in Time to Bounce Timbers , Reach MLS Conference Final . The Houston Dynamo were terrible away from home in 2017, but they came up with a win when it mattered most and advanced to the MLS Western Conference final with a triumph over the Timbers .

But the final whistle blew, and Houston Dynamo advanced. They move on to face the Portland Timbers on October 30th for the first leg of their Western Conference Semi- Finals . Sporting KC’s season ended at the knockout stage for the fourth year in a row.

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