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 By Arch Bell

Inconsistencies in attack and the lineup prove to be Houston's downfall

Seattle Sounders sealed their return to MLS Cup after cruising to a 5-0 aggregate victory over the Houston Dynamo.

Midnight struck on the Houston Dynamo's 2017 season with Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders in the second leg of the MLS Western Conference final -- making for a 5-0 aggregate defeat -- thus ending a Cinderella postseason for the Texans.

Overall, it was a very positive season in Space City. After three years of missing the playoffs, the Dynamo made a heralded return to November soccer in reaching the league's final four.

Still, there are several uncomfortable truths from the past nine...

 By Arch Bell

Houston reborn under Cabrera -- is he the most underrated coach in MLS?

There is almost always a pause.

It doesn't last long, but certainly long enough for the person asking the question to know that another thoughtful, considerate response will come from the lips of Wilmer Cabrera. In many ways, it embodies the 50-year-old Colombian, who is nearing the end of a very successful first year as head coach of the Houston Dynamo.

Like each answer given by Cabrera, so is the treatment that the former Colombia international doles out to his players. It is deliberate,...

 By Arch Bell

Houston Hondurans return from World Cup heartbreak to suffer MLS letdown

Reigning champions Seattle Sounders have one foot in MLS Cup after putting two away goals past Houston.

The total flying time from Sydney to Houston is a little more than 19 hours, giving travelers ample time to spend with their thoughts.

Following Honduras' 3-1 defeat at Australia on Nov. 15 in their intercontinental playoff for a berth in the 2018 World Cup, it was undoubtedly a long, pensive flight for the Houston Dynamo's Honduran trio of Alberth Elis, Romell Quioto and Boniek Garcia. The three had to quickly shake off the deflating feeling of not going to Russia next summer and turn their...

The West is Seattle's to lose, and it shouldn't lose to Houston

Reigning champions Seattle Sounders have one foot in MLS Cup after putting two away goals past Houston.

The Western Conference final first leg, in which the Seattle Sounders beat the Dynamo 2-0 in Houston, was not a game to draw a lot of applicable lessons from. In large part, that's because it was played in a state of exception after the first half hour.

At that point, Joe Willis' penalty save briefly kept Houston in damage-limitation mode, even though his team was a goal and a man down at that moment. In the immediate wake of the red card to Jalil Anibaba, the Dynamo staggered but did not concede...

 By Arch Bell

Anibaba red hands advantage to Seattle in Western Conference finals

Reigning champions Seattle Sounders have one foot in MLS Cup after putting two away goals past Houston.

The Seattle Sounders have the serious upper hand in Major League Soccer's Western Conference finals after beating the Houston Dynamo 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday.

Here are three takeaways from the match:

1. Sounders looking set for MLS Cup return

Only a major collapse will keep Seattle from reaching a second straight MLS Cup, as the Sounders turned the tables on the 10-men Dynamo, using set pieces and counter-attacking to all but drive a stake through the Dynamo's playoff heart.

Frankly,...

 By Arch Bell

Experienced Seattle meets confident Houston in Western Conference final

The guys predict the MLS conference finals and the Liga MX playoffs, and they draft their ultimate Thanksgiving dinner.

Two teams each riding a wave of momentum lock horns in the West for a spot in MLS Cup. Here is how the Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo shape up heading into their Western Conference final.

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Strengths:

Been there, done that. This Seattle team knows all the trappings that come with a conference final, so experience is most definitely on the side of coach Brian Schmetzer's men. The Sounders also boast an impressive attacking force that can strike in various forms. If you...