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October 20, 2012 7:52 PM EDT
BBVA Compass Stadium — Houston, Texas
Referee:‬ M. Geiger‎
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71′ B. García
 
74′ (PG) Brad Davis
 

Houston Dynamo 3-1 Philadelphia Union: Convincing win gives Houston playoff spot

A 3-1 win over a lackluster Philadelphia side gives the Houston Dynamo another shot at the MLS playoffs after losing in last year's final.

By Keith Hickey

Danny Cruz, Brad Davis, Philadelphia Union, Houston Dynamo
Bob Levey
The Houston Dynamo picked up two unanswered second half goals to see off the Philadelphia Union and secure a spot in the 2012 MLS playoffs.

Mac Kandji opened the scoring early for Houston, winning a challenge away from Carlos Valdes and finishing coolly past Zac MacMath in the fifth minute.

Jack McInerney leveled for Philadelphia in the 19th minute, out-jumping two defenders to nod Sheanon Williams' cross into the far corner. It was the 20-year-old's eighth goal of the season, and a team-record fourth consecutive game with a goal.

Oscar Boniek Garcia returned Houston's lead in the second half, driving in a shot from outside the area. MacMath got a hand to the shot, but could only parry it into his own net.

Brad Davis sealed the result a few minutes later, converting his 75th minute penalty after Carlos Valdes was judged to have hauled down Will Bruin in the box.

The victory for Houston, combined with the Crew losing to D.C. United, means the Dynamo will return to the postseason after losing last season's MLS Cup final to Los Angeles.

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Houston Dynamo

1
Tally Hall
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Jermaine Taylor
Defender
 - 
8
Kofi Sarkodie
Defender
 - 
26
Corey Ashe
Defender
 - 
32
Bobby Boswell
Defender
 - 
11
Brad Davis
Midfielder
74′ 85′
 - 
13
Ricardo Clark
Midfielder
 - 
6
Adam Moffat
Midfielder
56′
 - 
27
B. García
Midfielder
71′
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-
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12
Will Bruin
Striker
 - 

Philadelphia Union

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18
Zac MacMath
Goalkeeper
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22
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25
 - 
28
Ray Gaddis
Defender
 - 
7
Brian Carroll
Midfielder
 - 
30
Freddy Adu
Striker
58′
 - 
13
Michael Lahoud
Midfielder
 - 
14
Amobi Okugo
Defender
 - 
26
Michael Farfan
Midfielder
 - 
44
Danny Cruz
Midfielder
77′
 - 
9

Substitutes

24
Tyler Deric
Goalkeeper
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5
 - 
-
 - 
23
 - 
3
Calen Carr
Striker
 - 
23
Cam Weaver
Striker
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

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1
Chris Konopka
Goalkeeper
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-
G. Gómez
Midfielder
58′
 - 
20
Roger Torres
Midfielder
77′
 - 
5
Greg Jordan
Midfielder
 - 
29
 - 
23
 - 
30

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Top Scorers
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E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1