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           === Houston advances as Bruin's brace bounces Chicago ===
 
 Bridgeview,  IL (Sports  Network) - The Houston Dynamo may have won just three
 times in 17 away games during the regular season.
 
 But  on Wednesday in their Eastern Conference knockout round match against the
 Chicago  Fire, Houston made Toyota Park feel very much like home as Will Bruin
 scored a pair of goals in a 2-1 Dynamo victory.
 
 The  result  brings Chicago's season  to an abrupt  close while the Dynamo now
 moves on to face Sporting Kansas City in the conference semifinals, which will
 begin in Houston on Sunday.
 
 The  visitors  defended well in  the first half and  took advantage of a 12th-
 minute  corner kick to snatch the lead as Brad Davis swung the ball toward the
 near  post where Bruin  got free from his man to head the ball past goalkeeper
 Sean Johnson.
 
 It  took  less than 30  seconds after halftime for  the Dynamo to double their
 lead  as Chicago lost  possession in its own half, allowing Calen Carr to play
 Bruin in on goal with a well-weighted through ball that the striker dispatched
 past Johnson for his second goal of the contest.
 
 The  home  side warmed to the  task a bit over  the final 30 minutes with Arne
 Friedrich and Dominic Oduro both testing Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.
 
 However,  Chicago didn't find the breakthrough until the 83rd minute when Alex
 slipped  in behind  the Houston defense and  scored from a tight angle after a
 nice ball from Patrick Nyarko.
 
 Johnson  kept the Fire  within a goal by keeping out a close-range effort from
 Macoumba  Kandji, but  Houston did well to  see out the remainder of the match
 and will now look ahead to a meeting with top-seeded Sporting.
 
 10/31 23:32:14 ET

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