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October 27, 2013 1:30 PM EDT
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium — Washington, District of Columbia
Referee:‬ A. Villarreal‎
Attendance:‬ 13731‎
 
27′ Kyle Porter
B. García 11′ (PG)
 
Giles Barnes 39′

D.C. United 1-2 Houston Dynamo: Houston clinches playoff berth

The Dynamo will be back in the MLS postseason after winning on the final day of the season, while United clinched an MLS record it would have preferred not to set.

By Seth Vertelney

Brad Davis, Houston Dyamo, MLS
Patrick McDermott
The Houston Dynamo clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 win at D.C. United in the season's final game.

Houston got on the board first just 10 minutes in. James Riley allowed Giles Barnes to get behind him in the box and the defender was forced to drag the forward down from behind, resulting in a penalty kick. Boniek Garcia stepped up and buried the penalty to give his side an early lead.

United struck back though, as an overlapping Chris Pontius lofted a great cross to the back post from the left flank, and Kyle Porter was on hand to head home from close range to tie the score.

The visitors would regain the lead just five minutes before halftime, and it was a simple sequence from a Brad Davis corner. Barnes cut to the near post and wasn't picked up, allowing him to nod home and restore the lead.

With the result, Houston will have a chance to return to MLS Cup for a third straight season, while United clinched the all-time MLS record for fewest wins in a season with three.

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D.C. United

28
Bill Hamid
Goalkeeper
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26
James Riley
Defender
93′
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-
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24
Daniel Woolard
Defender
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22
Chris Korb
Defender
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14
Dwayne De Rosario
Midfielder
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13
Chris Pontius
Midfielder
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12
Luis Silva
Midfielder
79′
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25
Jared Jeffrey
Midfielder
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30
Conor Doyle
Striker
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19
Kyle Porter
Midfielder
27′ 59′
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Houston Dynamo

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1
Tally Hall
Goalkeeper
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4
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5
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8
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26
Corey Ashe
Defender
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32
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11
Brad Davis
Midfielder
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13
Ricardo Clark
Midfielder
90′
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23
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27
B. García
Midfielder
11′
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12
Will Bruin
Striker
87′

Substitutes

50
Andrew Dykstra
Goalkeeper
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17
Conor Shanosky
Midfielder
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14
Nick DeLeon
Midfielder
59′
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Sainey Nyassi
Midfielder
79′
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27
Collin Martin
Midfielder
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-
L. Pajoy
Striker
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Substitutes

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24
Tyler Deric
Goalkeeper
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-
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10
A. López
Midfielder
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17
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20
Andrew Driver
Midfielder
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7
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23
Cam Weaver
Striker
77′

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