It wasn't the way the Cosmos wanted to start, but they sure enjoyed the finish.
After falling behind early by a goal, the Cosmos scored twice in a span of two minutes in the second half to earn a 2-1 win at San Antonio on Saturday night and clinch a berth in Soccer Bowl 2013.
The Cosmos (8-1-4) will face host spring season champ Atlanta on Nov. 9 for the league championship.
After falling behind 1-0 just three minutes in, Marcos Senna scored the equalizer in the 52nd minute. Striker Stefan Dimitrov got the winner -- his first goal of the season -- off an assist from Diomar Diaz.
Defender Dane Murphy (74th minute) and head coach Giovanni Savarese (76th) were given red cards and ejected for the Cosmos, riding a 10-game unbeaten streak.
"This is something the players deserve," said Savarese, according to the Cosmos website. "They've been working extremely hard and have had a great season."