The Black-and-Red didn't had to wait long for a shot at revenge after losing out in last year's conference decider.
|Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Hall; Sarkodie, Taylor, Boswell, Ashe; Boniek, Moffat, Barnes, Davis; Bruin, Weaver.
|D.C. United (4-2-3-1): Hamid; Korb, Jakovic, McDonald, Woolard; Kitchen, Saragosa; DeLeon, Thorrington, Pontius; Pajoy.
- This is a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference championship. Houston won that series with a 4-2 aggregate victory.
- The Dynamo had the edge in the regular season as well. United won its home fixture 3-2, but La Naranja posted 1-0 and 4-0 wins back in Texas.
- This will be the 15th consecutive season D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen has been involved with the capital club. He began as a player in 1998, and became head coach in 2010.
- Longtime Houston Dynamo striker Brian Ching recently agreed a deal to become a player-coach for Dominic Kinnear's side.
- This will be the first year since 2010 that D.C. United has not opened its season with a home fixture.