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Nov, 19, 2007

De Rosario seals MLS Cup win for Houston

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Dwayne De Rosario headed the winner as Houston Dynamo captured their second consecutive Major League Soccer championship with a 2-1 triumph over the New England Revolution on Sunday.

De Rosario scored the winning goal past goalkeeper Matt Reis on 74 minutes to help Houston become Major League Soccer's first back-to-back winners of the MLS Cup, the end of season title decider, since D.C. United in 1996-97.

The Canadian's winner capped a two-goal, second-half rally by the Dynamo.

De Rosario was on the receiving end of a perfect pass by Brad Davis to notch the match-winning goal.

'Brad played a perfect ball to my head and I had an easy job of putting it in,' said the 29-year-old De Rosario. 'The rest is history.

'We proved what a strong will our team has. We never give up.'

New England, appearing in the MLS Cup final for the fourth time in six years but still searching for their first success, took a first-half lead through a Taylor Twellman header.

Twellman, who played two seasons with TSV 1860 Munich, scored after 20 minutes, converting a cross from Revolution captain Steve Ralson past Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad.

Houston levelled in the 61st minute through forward Joseph Ngwenya.

Ngwenya received a cross from De Rosario but was unable to get much on his shot as he fell to the ground. With the ball just a few feet in front of him, however, Ngwenya drilled his second chance past goalkeeper Matt Reis.

'Joseph's goal was a determination goal,' said De Rosario. 'He fell down. Got back up and was still kicking the ball. Thankfully, it went into the net.'

Midfielder Khano Smith was disconsolate in the Revolution locker room following the loss.

'I really don't know what happened,' he said. 'We dominated the first half. I don't think we had any clear-cut chances to put them away but we had opportunities.

'We just have to come back it it next year. We have to keep trying. We'll get it some day.'

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