MLS roundup: Revolution bounced from playoffs

Sporting KC forward Claudio Bieler (16) is congratulated by Paulo Nagamura (left) after Bieler’s overtime strike.
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Sporting KC forward Claudio Bieler (16) is congratulated by Paulo Nagamura (left) after Bieler’s overtime strike.

Claudio Bieler scored in the 23d minute of overtime, capping Sporting Kansas City’s 3-1 win over the New England Revolution and giving Sporting KC the series victory in the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night in Kansas City, Kan.

Defenders Aurelien Collin and Seth Sinovic also scored for Sporting, which will open the conference finals against Houston Saturday.

The two-match, total-goals semifinal series went to overtime after Sinovic scored for Sporting in the 79th minute, giving Kansas City a 2-1 advantage in its home leg and tying the aggregate at 3-all.


Sinovic’s goal was only the second of his career, both in postseason play. The first came last year in Sporting’s East semifinal series loss to Houston.

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Collin knocked in a deflection in the 41st minute for his second goal of the postseason, but Dimitry Imbongo’s header off a free kick in the 70th minute tied Wednesday’s leg at 1 and put the Revolution up 3-2 on aggregate.

Dynamo 2, Red Bulls 1 — Omar Cummings scored in extra time to help Houston advance to the Eastern Conference finals with an upset victory over league-leading New York at Harrison, N.J.

Houston won the semifinal return leg, 2-1, three days after a 2-2 draw at home, advancing, 4-3, on aggregate to the conference finals starting Saturday.

Cummings scored in the second minute of stoppage time last weekend to secure the draw for Houston in the first leg.


On Wednesday, he got his foot on a ball that slipped past Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles at the near post.

The Red Bulls finished the regular season atop the standings and had leads in both semifinal games.

On Wednesday, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 23d minute to give New York the lead before Brad Davis equalized the match in the 36th.

It remained locked at the end of regulation time and in extra time until Kofi Sarkodie crossed a ball into the box that was headed down by Cam Weaver. Cummings managed to get his foot on the ball and poke it past Robles for the clincher.

The Red Bulls dominated Houston during the regular season, winning all three head-to-head matches, and went into the semifinals on an eight-game unbeaten streak. But the Dynamo extended New York’s playoff futility, making the Red Bulls winless in their past six playoff games.