The New York Red Bulls nearly forced extra time against the Columbus Crew in the MLS Eastern Conference final on Sunday but a last-second header glanced off the post.
The Red Bulls needed to score one goal to tie the series 2–2 on aggregate and force extra time. In the final minute of stoppage time, goalkeeper Luis Robles, named earlier Sunday to the MLS Best XI, played a long ball into the box. New York maintained possession for several tense moments before Bradley Wright-Phillips headed the ball toward goal. The shot bounced up against the post and was cleared away by Columbus.
The Red Bulls kept possession with a corner kick but were unable to get another good scoring opportunity and the Crew advanced to the MLS Cup final.
Columbus will the Portland Timbers in the final at home on Dec. 6.
- Dan Gartland