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Sport Dynamo stun Timbers to reach Western Conference final

06:15  06 november  2017
06:15  06 november  2017 Source:   goal.com

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The Houston Dynamo are headed to the Western Conference final after taking a 2-1 win on the road against the Portland Timbers . The sides played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg, leaving the top-seeded Timbers needing any win to set up a Cascadia showdown with the Seattle Sounders.

The Houston Dynamo are headed to the Western Conference final after taking a 2-1 win on the road against the Portland Timbers . The sides played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg, leaving the top-seeded Timbers needing any win to set up a Cascadia showdown with the Seattle Sounders.

The Houston Dynamo are headed to the Western Conference final after taking a 2-1 win on the road against the Portland Timbers.

The sides played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg, leaving the top-seeded Timbers needing any win to set up a Cascadia showdown with the Seattle Sounders.

A goal from Portland's Dairon Asprilla broke the deadlock in the 39th minute, putting the home side in front.

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The breakthrough! Asprilla puts @TimbersFC ahead 1-0. #PORvHOU // @audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/la4JvDXZEM

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 6, 2017

That lead, however, would last less than five minutes.

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After a dull 0-0 draw in the first leg, Houston went to Portland and took down the Western Conference 's top seed.

After a dull 0-0 draw in the first leg, Houston went to Portland and took down the Western Conference 's top seed.

Dylan Remick's powerful finish put the Dynamo back on even terms in the match and gave them the lead in the tie on away goals.

An equalizer! Just like that, @dylanremick15 grabs a crucial away goal for @HoustonDynamo . #PORvHOU https://t.co/tGKNxrauhu

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 6, 2017

The crushing blow for the home side came in the 77th minute, when a Mauro Manotas blast found the bottom corner and gave Houston command of the tie.

Boom. @MauroManotas19 puts @HoustonDynamo in control with a 2-1 lead! #PORvHOU // @audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/GH3DsXhiez

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 6, 2017

The win sees the Dynamo move into the conference final, where they will face the second-seeded Sounders, with the first leg slated to take place in Houston after the international break.

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Remick had just learned earlier in the day that he was starting for the Dynamo for the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal against the top-seeded Timbers . The goals gave the Dynamo a 2-1 advantage on aggregate, setting up the conference final against the Seattle Sounders.

Portland Timbers . Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo move to Western Conference [2]. Note: The Conference finals were a best-of-three series through 2001 (including the MLS semifinals in 2000 and 2001, when a conference playoff format was not used).

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The Swiss center back may have played just two regular season games, but he's been key in a surprising run to the Western Conference finalThe former Arsenal defender had been out of contract since the end of the Scottish Premiership season, having played just three league games with Rangers in the 2016-17 campaign. His last game action came in a Scottish Cup match in February.

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