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November 4, 2012 3:30 PM EST
BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas)
Referee:‬ E. Jurisevic‎
Attendance:‬ 20689‎
 
18′ Adam Moffat
 
75′ Will Bruin
 

Houston 2-0 Sporting KC: Hosts stun Eastern Conference leaders

Goals from Adam Moffat and Will Bruin continue the Dynamo's impressive start to the postseason.

By Alex Labidou

Adam Moffat and Houston Dynamo teammates
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Sporting Kansas City was the best team in Major League Soccer regular season but the Houston Dynamo proved against resting on those laurels on Sunday.

Adam Moffat and Will Bruin led the Dynamo to impressive 2-0 victory over Eastern Conference leaders at home, leaving Sporting's playoffs hopes in doubt.

Moffat gave the Houston the lead in the 18th minute off of a stunning blast from just outside of the box, powering past Jimmy Nielsen in goal. The fans at BBVA Compass Stadium were clearly impressed with the strike and jumped out of their seats after the goal.

The Dynamo then doubled their lead in the 78th minute when striker Will Bruin got a feed from Calen Carr in the center of the box and blasted the ball into the net. It was Bruin's third goal of the postseason and put him on the top of the playoff scoring leaders.

Despite having the edge in possession, Sporting couldn't break past a stingy Houston defense and its finishing was inept. Peter Vermes' side could at least be happy with the fact that the result wasn't at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park and it will try to overturn a two-goal deficit in the second leg on Wednesday.


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Houston Dynamo

1
Tally Hall
Goalkeeper
 - 
26
Corey Ashe
Defender
 - 
4
Jermaine Taylor
Defender
55′
 - 
32
Bobby Boswell
Defender
 - 
8
Kofi Sarkodie
Defender
74′
 - 
11
Brad Davis
Midfielder
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13
Ricardo Clark
Midfielder
 - 
27
B. García
Midfielder
 - 
6
Adam Moffat
Striker
18′
 - 
3
Calen Carr
Striker
27′ 82′
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12
Will Bruin
Striker
75′ 84′
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Sporting Kansas City

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1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
 - 
78
 - 
7
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
 - 
15
 - 
-
Julio César
Midfielder
 - 
37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
90′
 - 
-
R. Espinoza
Midfielder
77′
 - 
-
Kei Kamara
Midfielder
42′
 - 
8
 - 
17

Substitutes

24
Tyler Deric
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
23
Giles Barnes
Midfielder
 - 
23
Cam Weaver
Striker
84′
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-
 - 
-
 - 
17
Luiz Camargo
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
19
 - 
14
 - 
15
Bobby Convey
Midfielder
90′
 - 
5
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
 - 
18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
20

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2