Defending Champion Houston's Victory Sets Up a Cup Rematch

Associated Press
Sunday, November 11, 2007

HOUSTON, Tex., Nov. 10 -- Bring on the rematch.

Nate Jaqua and Dwayne De Rosario scored goals and Houston advanced to their second straight MLS Cup with a win 2-0 over Kansas City in the Western Conference final on Saturday night.

The Dynamo will face New England next Sunday, the team they defeated in last year's championship match. The Revolution reached its third consecutive MLS Cup with a 1-0 win over Chicago on Thursday night.

Playing before a rowdy, sellout crowd for the second straight weekend, Houston dominated at both ends, outshooting Kansas City 11-3. Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad never even had to make a save.

The Dynamo created good scoring chances from the start and finally took a 1-0 lead on a corner kick in the 35th minute.

Midfielder Richard Mulrooney hooked his high kick in toward the goal and the 6-foot-3 Jaqua outjumped Kansas City goalkeeper Kevin Hartman to head it into the top left corner of the net. It was the first goal allowed by the Wizards in four games, a span of 371 minutes.

The Wizards mustered only one shot in the opening half, a blast by forward Eddie Johnson in the 12th minute that sailed wide right of the goal.

Houston outshot Kansas City 9-1 in the first half and Hartman had to make two saves in traffic two minutes after halftime.

As Houston continued to dominate, the Wizards got frustrated, getting two yellow cards in a three-minute span.

The Dynamo kept the pressure on. De Rosario put the game away in the 81st minute when he took a long pass from defenseman Craig Waibel, outran a defender and beat Hartman with a low, left-footed drive.

Houston and New England played to a 1-1 tie in last year's MLS Cup. The Dynamo won on penalty kicks, 4-3.

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