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Eastern Conference Finals: Dynamo draw 1-1, advance to the Cup Final on aggregate

The Houston Dynamo are the 2012 Eastern Conference Champions! We're going back to the MLS Cup Final!

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Video room, Eastern Conference Champion edition

Reactions, highlights and more from yesterday's Eastern Conference final second leg in DC

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What is different? Discuss.

Coach Dominic Kinnear finds his team once again in the MLS Cup Finals after the team secures the Eastern Conference Championship. So what is different this time around?

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Houston Dynamo headed to 2012 MLS Cup

With a 1-1 draw against D.C. United, the Houston Dynamo advanced to their fourth MLS Cup appearance with a 4-2 aggregate goal difference.

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East Final second leg, here's your game thread

It's 3-1 Dynamo. 90 minutes stand between Houston and a second straight trip to the MLS Cup Final. Can they take care of business? Join in and find out!

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Eastern Conference Finals, Leg 2: A Capital Affair

Up 3-1 after last Sunday, the Dynamo travel to RFK Stadium in hopes of securing another trip to the MLS Cup finals. While they have one leg in the door already, D.C. United will do everything they can to shove the team in orange out of the way.

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Ricardo Salazar is not the villain many want

I expect this won't be a popular post, but in reviewing the controversial non-call in yesterday's match, I'm convinced that Ricardo Salazar made the right call based on the information available to him...which is his job

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Second half surge moves Houston closer to MLS Cup

The Houston Dynamo took a commanding 3-1 lead in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Final. They'll head to RFK Stadium next week and face D.C. United once more for a chance to move on to the MLS Cup.

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Once again, Dominic Kinnear works his magic

The Houston Dynamo have done the job and will head to RFK Stadium next weekend with a two-goal advantage after a 3-1 victory over DC United.

Enjoy some instant, in-depth tactical analysis...

KINNEAR: You're trying to trick me into giving away something. It won't work.

OLSEN: IT HAS WORKED! YOU'VE GIVEN EVERYTHING AWAY! I KNOW WHERE THE POISON IS!

KINNEAR: Then make your choice.

OLSEN: I will, and I choose - What in the world can that be?

[Olsen gestures up and away from the table. Kinnear looks. Olsen swaps the goblets]

KINNEAR: What? Where? I don't see anything.

OLSEN: Well, I- I could have sworn I saw something. No matter. First, let's drink. Me from my glass, and you from yours.

[Olsen and Kinnear drink]

KINNEAR: You guessed wrong.

OLSEN: You only think I guessed wrong! That's what's so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go against a Hairy-chested man when an MLS Cup Final spot is on the line"! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha...

[Olsen stops suddenly, his smile frozen on his face and falls to the ground dead].

Alright, that's overly dramatic, but let's be honest here. Ben Olsen won the battle in the first half, but Dominic Kinnear won the war. After nothing went right in the first half and Adam Moffat left leaving the spine of our 4-4-2 midfield gone, he switched back to a 4-3-3 and let Boniek and Giles Barnes cut loose. It worked and the Dynamo are 90 minutes from another trip to the MLS Cup final.

On to RFK stadium.

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East Final first leg, here's your game thread

The Dynamo host DC United in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Finals

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Ride! Ride to ruin and the Cup's raising!

Arise! Arise, Supporters of the Dynamo! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... an orange day... ere the sun rises!

Cheer now!... Cheer now!... Ride! Ride to ruin and the Cup's raising!

The Cup!

The Cup!

THE CUP!

Forth, DYNAMO!

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Eastern Conference Finals, Leg 1: A Dynamic Match

For the fifth time in the franchise's seven years, the Dynamo are in the Conference Finals. If they want to play for another Cup, however, they'll need to get past D.C. United - a task that starts the Sunday here at BBVA Compass Stadium.

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