08 November, 2012
The Houston Dynamo also defeated the #1 team in the East, Sporting KC, by a narrow 2-1 aggregate score. The Dynamo won at BBVA Compass Stadium 2-0 with goals by Adam Moffat of Scotland and 23-year-old sophomore Will Bruin, the playoff's leading scorer with three goals. Then, Sporting KC could only manage a 1-0 win in the second leg at Livestrong Park, with the lone goal by Kansas City born and raised left back Seth Sinovic.
In the other quarterfinal matchups, DC United and Red Bull NY tied 1-1 at RFK Stadium in a bizarre game with a DCU penalty saved by RBNY 'keeper Luis Robles in the first half, and own goals by Red Bull defender Roy Miller and DC 'keeper Bill Hamid only five minutes apart. Finally, DC's Andy Najar was ejected for throwing the ball at the referee and missed the second match. Then the second leg at Red Bull Arena scheduled for yesterday was delayed by weather, much to DCU's dislike, as they had to travel twice. The crazy series got even crazier when Bill Hamid was ejected for fouling Kenny Cooper on a breakaway in the 69th minute of a 0-0 match. Hamid was replaced by backup Joe Willis, and Cooper converted the penalty. However, the referee ruled that Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill (the two most internationally experienced players on RBNY) encroached and ordered the kick re-taken. Joe Willis saved Cooper's second attempt to preserve the tie. Rafael Marquez was ejected soon afterwards to make the match an even 10-against-10. Finally, in the 88th minute with overtime looking more and more likely, the visiting DCU triumphed 1-0 to win the aggregate matchup 2-1 on a goal by 22-year-old rookie midfielder Nick DeLeon.
The last quarterfinal matchup is between Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake, and I am watching on NBCSN right now, as they just kicked off. The first leg was a 0-0 draw at Seattle's CenturyLink Field, with RSL's Nick Rimando and Seattle's Austrian 'keeper Michael Gspurning both posting shutouts, so today's second leg is for all the marbles. I will post updates as they happen.
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