Sporting KC reaches East finals with win over New England Revolution
11:15 PM, Nov 6, 2013
4:14 PM, Nov 8, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Claudio Bieler scored in the 23rd minute of overtime, capping Sporting Kansas City's 3-1 win over the New England Revolution and giving Sporting K.C. the series victory in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night.
Defenders Aurelien Collin and Seth Sinovic also scored for Sporting, who will open the conference finals against Houston on 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.
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.