MLS round-up: New York Red Bulls advance as New York City bow out

Daniel Royer scored two goals in three minutes as the New York Red Bulls reached the Eastern Conference final with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Columbus Crew.

Aaron Long set up Alex Muyl for Red Bulls’ opener as they overturned Columbus’ first-leg lead within 17 minutes.

Royer then scored twice inside three minutes late in the second half as the Red Bulls clinched a 3-0 second-leg success.

They will face Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference final after they cruised to a 3-1 victory against New York City FC, thanks to two goals from Josef Martinez.

The Venezuelan opened the scoring with an outrageous 25th-minute penalty and, after Miguel Almiron had doubled United’s tally, he wrapped up the victory with the third seven minutes from time.

Maxime Chanot pulled a goal back for City on the stroke of half-time but it proved to be a consolation as Atlanta progressed into the MLS play-off finals for the very first time, 4-1 on aggregate.

Sporting Kansas City advanced to a Western Conference final showdown with the Portland Timbers after defeating Real Salt Lake 4-2 to complete a 5-3 aggregate win.

Goals in each half from Hungarian striker Daniel Salloi made certain of the win for Kansas City, who are chasing a third MLS Cup following wins in 2000 and 2013.

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