KANSAS CITY -

It was not pretty Wednesday night but the Dynamo did just enough to punch their ticket to the next round of the MLS Playoffs.

The Dynamo held off Sporting Kansas City after Seth Sinovic scored his first career goal in the second half, falling 1-0 on Wednesday night but advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with a 2-1 aggregate-goal result.
   The Dynamo won the opening leg Sunday behind goals from Adam Moffat and Will Bruin, and then did enough on defense -- just barely -- to advance to its second straight conference title game.
   Houston defeated Sporting KC last year to reach the MLS Cup finals.
   The Dynamo will open the conference finals at BBVA Compass Stadium at 3pm Sunday against D.C. United or the New York Red Bells in another two-game, aggregate goal series scheduled to conclude Thursday.