Result: Houston Dynamo retain Eastern Conference title

Houston Dynamo advance to the MLS Cup Final after completing a 4-2 aggregate victory over DC United thanks to a goal from Boniek Garcia.

Houston Dynamo produced a professional display against DC United to retain their Eastern Conference title and book a return to the MLS Cup Final.

Boniek Garcia celebrates scoring for Houston Dynamo in the MLS playoff on November 18, 2012© AP Photos

Dynamo were in the ascendancy after building a 3-1 first-leg lead back in Houston last week, putting pressure on DC to chase the game from the outset.

United controlled possession in the early stages but struggled to create clear-cut opportunities.

Branko Boskovic fired a header over the top for DC after 30 minutes and his side were punished for wasting that chance just moments later.

An incisive Houston break saw Brad Davis find space at the byline before cutting back to Boniek Garcia, who smashed into the roof of the net from close range.

DC went for broke in the second half but could not find a way past a steely Dynamo defence.

Lewis Neal, Chris Korb and Maicon Santos all went close but could not make the breakthrough to ensure United's season came to an abrupt end.

United finally made the breakthrough seven minutes from time through Boskovic but it was too late to mount a dramatic comeback.

Houston become the first team to book their place in the MLS Cup Final and could face Los Angeles Galaxy in a repeat of last year's final if they overcome the Seattle Sounders later tonight.

Will Bruin for the Houston Dynamo
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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Toronto28177456292758
2New York City FCNY City28155851351650
3Chicago Fire28136949371245
4Columbus Crew29134124240243
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6Montreal ImpactMontreal27106114242036
7New England RevolutionNew England28106124446-236
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10Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia2788113637-132
11DC United2884162346-2328

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver2713594337644
2Portland TimbersPortland2912894945444
3Seattle SoundersSeattle28111074235743
4Sporting Kansas CityKansas271011632211141
5Houston DynamoHouston2710894638838
6Dallas2791083938137
7San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes28107113143-1237
8Real Salt LakeSalt Lake29105144249-735
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