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2014: Tesho Akindele – FC Dallas

Truly it was third time's the charm as Sporting Kansas City was able to defeat Houston 2-1 after a 0-0 first leg to host the 2013 MLS Cup at Sporting Park. As a club going through a transformation, this was just the next step on the road to the MLS Cup title.

In 2011, with a new name and new stadium Sporting won the Eastern Conference and made their way to the Conference final where they were dispatched at home by Houston Dynamo. The next season the team was extremely close to winning the Supporters Shield, they lost again to Houston in the conference semi finals, but won the US Open Cup guaranteeing progression to the CONCACAF Champions League.

In 2013, with all home matches sold out, they qualified for the quarter finals of the CONCACAF Champions League and on their third match-up with the Houston Dynamo in the playoffs they proved up to the task.

Just three minutes in to Saturday's battle, utter silence took over all the home supporters as Boniek Garcia capitalized on a Sporting defense that was taken off guard. The focus of Sporting was evident as there was no sense of panic or uneasiness in their response.

Constant pressure from Sporting had Houston in their ever present tortoise shell of a defense.

It was the work of Mr Movember himself Benny Feilhaber, that left CJ Sapong with the ball at his feet to slip behind Tally Hall to level the game up and alleviate the tension felt by the home spectators.

From the moment when the game was all tied up to when Sporting got the winner, KC was looking like they were destined to be the victors with their ever present attack.

Like in 2012 where Sporting's constant pressure finally equaled in a goal so it was true this time out.

Dom Dywer showed why he scored so many goals for USL Pro Orlando City as his winner, provided by Feilhaber, sent the fans into a frenzy that lasted til the final whistle.

Now remains only to find out if Portland or Real Salt Lake will face Sporting for all the marbles at Sporting Park.
Sporting Kansas City have claimed their spot in the MLS Cup for the first time since 2004 after coming back from a 1-0 deficit to beat the Houston Dynamo with a 2-1 aggregate score. Kansas City will now face the winner of the Western Conference Championship between the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake, hosting the final in Sporting Park.

Filled to it's maximum capacity, Sporting Park witnessed a second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship that was entirely different from the scoreless first leg in Houston. The overflowing stadium was silenced before the 21,000 fans in attendance even had a chance to warm up their voices, as the Dynamo took the lead early on in the match.