Sporting KC's 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo Wednesday night wasn't enough to avoid elimination in the MLS Cup playoffs, as Houston won the Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with a 2-1 agregate score over two games. Still, Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said he was proud of the team's performance:
"... We dominated the game, It's unfortunate, I'm proud of the players. Definitely not an easy game, but they kept their composure and I couldn't ask them to do anything else, they did everything they could other than get the second goal in which we created more than enough chances, we ought to be able to do that."
It's a disappointing end for KC following a regular season that saw the team put up a conference-best 63 points to earn the top seed in the playoffs. Houston - the conference's fifth seed - had to win a knockout game against the Chicago Fire to earn the series matchup with KC, and now advances to the conference finals against either DC or New York.
Vermes went as far as to say Wednesday night's game was the team's best performance in his three years as coach, despite the team's inability to notch the all-important second goal. He said he's pleased with the team's overall season:
"If you look at it from the point of view that we stayed on top of the division the whole entire season, and we won the Open Cup, I'd like to think that with the best goals against average, and we scored when we need to. We did very well, we have a very good team, there's no doubt that you want to score more goals, but like I said, I couldn't ask more from the guys than what they did tonight."