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Houston, Hello! Union Will Face Dynamo in First Ever Playoff Appearance

Oct 23, 2011, 11:21 PM EDT

The Philadelphia Union will face the Houston Dynamo in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference Semifinals.
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It came down to the final day of the MLS regular season, but the Union now know who they’ll face as they make their playoff debut. The Houston Dynamo clinched the second seed in the East with a 3-1 win over the LA Galaxy, and will travel to Chester on Sunday to face the third seeded Union.

The teams will play a home-and-home (or home-and-away depending on which you prefer) set to determine who will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The winner will be determined based on total goals scored (“aggregate” in the soccer parlance of our times) over the two games. MLS does not use the away goals rule, so the home teams shouldn’t simply bunker down.

We’ll have more as the week goes on, but at this point we know the Union will host Houston at PPL Park on Sunday, October 30th (tentatively scheduled for 4PM). They’ll play the away leg at Houston on November 3rd.

The Union are 2-0-2 all-time against the Dynamo. They picked up a 1-0 win on the road in the season opener, and then played to a 1-1 tie at PPL back in August.

Here are video recaps of the two games played earlier this season…

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