Sporting outlasts New England, advances to Eastern Conference Finals

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Living on the brink of elimination all night long, Sporting Kansas City advanced to the MLS Eastern Conference Finals with a 3-1 win over the New England Revolution Wednesday night. It took overtime to push Sporting over the top on aggregate goals, 4-3.

Sporting KC got the game winning goal in overtime from Claudio Bieler. Seth Sinovic and Aurelien Collin also scored earlier in the match. Sporting now moves on to meet the Houston Dynamo, which won its Eastern Conferences series over the New York Red Bulls.

This will mark the third consecutive year that Sporting KC will face Houston in the MLS Cup playoffs. Sporting KC now holds home field advantage for the remainder of the team’s playoff run, with the return leg to be played at Sporting Park on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. CT.

The team with the most aggregate goals scored over the two-game series will advance to MLS Cup 2013 on Saturday, Dec. 7. Should Sporting Kansas City reach the MLS Cup, the championship match would be played at Sporting Park.

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