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MLS Playoffs: Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy advance to MLS Cup

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Published: Sunday, Nov. 18 2012 10:02 p.m. MST

Houston's Brad Davis, center, holds the trophy as he celebrates winning the Eastern Conference championship.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Houston Dynamo advanced to their second straight MLS Cup final and fourth in seven years, tying D.C. United 1-1 Sunday for a 4-2 aggregate win in the Eastern Conference final.

Boniek Garcia scored in the 33rd minute for the Dynamo, which will play at the Home Depot Center vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy in the final on Dec. 1.

"It's a path we have to take, so if we have to be road warriors the whole time, then that's what's in front of us," Houston goalie Tally Hall said. "We have a job to do, it doesn't matter if it's a friendly or hostile environment."

Branko Boskovic scored in the 83rd minute for D.C., which has not won the MLS Cup since 2004.

SOUNDERS 2, GALAXY 1 (Galaxy advance 4-2 on aggregate): At Seattle, Eddie Johnson and Zach Scott scored to give Seattle a 2-0 lead, but Robbie Keane was awarded and converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute on Sunday night that clinched the Los Angeles Galaxy's 4-2 aggregate victory over the Sounders iand a spot in the MLS Cup final for the second straight year.

Seattle staged a rally trying to come back from a 3-0 deficit after getting overwhelmed in the first leg, and they were on the verge after Johnson's early goal and Scott's header in the 58th minute pulled Seattle within one on aggregate. But referee Mark Geiger, who had been the subject of complaints all night from both sides, called Seattle defender Adam Johansson for a handball in the penalty box and Keane converted his fifth goal of the playoffs.

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