KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Andre Hainault scored his second goal of the postseason, and the Houston Dynamo reached the MLS Cup final by beating Sporting Kansas City 2-0 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference title game.
Carlo Costly added a late insurance goal as Houston extended its unbeaten streak to nine and reached its first league final since winning back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.
Kansas City has not made the title game since finishing as the runner-up in 2004.
The win also puts the Dynamo in the CONCACAF Champions League for the 2012-13 season.
Hainault put Houston up 1-0 in the 53rd minute, tapping in Jermaine Taylor’s headed pass after a free kick by Adam Moffat. Costly’s goal came in the 87th minute, with Sporting pushed forward in search of an equalizer.