Calen Carr breaks down first leg win
by Joey Sabet
It’s early. There is still another game to be played in the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City – and it’s at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City.
But after a 2-0 win at home in the first leg with the second leg looming Wednesday night, without bringing the dreaded “jinx” word in the mix, there are other numbers that seem to favor the Dynamo moving forward.
Case in point: the Sporks record against everyone in MLS this season not named Houston Dynamo, including the playoffs, was 18-6-7. Its record against the Dynamo this season, including the playoffs: 0-2-2.
For whatever reason Houston has seemingly had Sporting KC’s number this season, and that doesn’t include last year’s 2-0 win in the Eastern Conference final. All told, the Dynamo ran their unbeaten streak against their noisy neighbors to the north to five consecutive games.
But again, it’s early, or “halftime” as head coach Dominic Kinnear put it after the impressive win Sunday. The Dynamo know that there is still full 90 to play, and there’s a reason Sporting KC was the top seed in the East for most of the regular season. KC also last played on October 24 – a long layoff that may have caused some sluggishness that spelled their doom against the Dynamo in the first leg.
No one on Sporting KC will be making excuses, however they’re fully aware of the hill Houston has provided them to climb. And no one on the Dynamo is ready to celebrate a second straight trip to the East finals, not with another game still to play.
However, they’re also aware that the semifinals are now theirs to lose. And rest assured – the playoff-tested Dynamo will be ready for the proverbial kitchen sink that will be thrown their way Wednesday night in Kansas City.