After the sixth-seeded New York Red Bulls absolutely thrashed the third-seeded Chicago Fire 4-0 at Toyota Park on Wednesday night, all New York City FC fans turned their attention to the knockout round showdown between Atlanta United and the Columbus Crew to find out who the Boys in Blue would meet in the two-legged Eastern Conference semifinals.
Despite Atlanta’s near immaculate home record, it was Columbus that had their hands raised in victory after defeating the Five Stripes 3-1 in penalties after 120 minutes of scoreless play.
NYCFC just hosted the Black & Gold this past Sunday at Citi Field in a dramatic 2-2 draw in which David Villa scored a brace and was denied a hat-trick on a saved penalty by Zack Steffen. Back in April — the two teams’ only other meeting this year — NYCFC came out on top, 3-2, thanks in part to a Jack Harrison brace and Yangel Herrera’s lone goal on the season.
After being unceremoniously destroyed in the Eastern Conference semifinals by Toronto FC last year on a 7-0 aggregate, the Bronx Blues are looking to change their fortunes in big-time matchups at the expense of the Crew.
The first of the two legs is scheduled to take place at 8:00 on Halloween night at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, with the second leg set for November 5 at Yankee Stadium.
C’mon, New York!